Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.

Director:

Allan Moyle

Writer:

Allan Moyle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Lucero ... Malcolm Kaiser
Andy Romano ... Murdock
Keith Stuart Thayer Keith Stuart Thayer ... Luis Chavez
Cheryl Pollak ... Paige
Jeff Chamberlain ... Mr. Woodward
Billy Morrissette ... Mazz Mazzilli
Samantha Mathis ... Nora Diniro
Lala Sloatman ... Janie
Holly Sampson ... Cheryl Biggs
Annie Ross ... Loretta Creswood
Christian Slater ... Mark Hunter
Annie Rusoff Annie Rusoff ... Annie
Jonathan Mazer Jonathan Mazer ... Jonathan
Alexander Enberg ... Alex (as Alex Enberg)
Ahmet Zappa ... Jamie
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Storyline

Mark is an intelligent but shy teenager who has just moved to Arizona from the East Coast. His parents give him a short-wave radio so he can talk to his pals, but instead he sets up shop as pirate deejay Hard Harry, who becomes a hero to his peers while inspiring the wrath of the local high school principal. When one of Harry's listeners commits suicide, inspired chaos breaks out at the school and the authorities are called in to put a stop to Harry's broadcasts. Written by Denise P. Meyer <dpm1@cornell.edu>

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Talk Hard. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Lala Sloatman (Janie) and Ahmet Zappa (Jamie) are real life cousins, but played girlfriend/boyfriend in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The first interaction between Mazz and Paige at the beginning of the movie seems edited, as if dialog is missing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mark: Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?
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Connections

Referenced in RuPaul's Drag Race: RuPaullywood or Bust (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Heretic
Written by Kim Thayil & Hiro Yamamoto
Performed by Soundgarden
Published by Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of A&M Records
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an all-time favorite
26 March 2000 | by dhyanSee all my reviews

This movie is my therapist: whenever things couldn't seem worse, I pop it into the VCR, and feel a million times better for it. Last I knew, I understood that this was Christian Slater's favorite of his movies. It > angst, certainly, but with a kind of catharsis. Is it a great movie? H*ll no! But is it fun? Completely. And if you're a free speech nut like I am, you'll love it.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pump Up the Volume See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,601,489, 26 August 1990

Gross USA:

$11,541,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,541,758
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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