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Pump Up the Volume (1990)

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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
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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 and Harry- inspired chaos breaks out at the school, 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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Steal the Air. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Прибавьте громкость 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,541,758
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"HHH" is the acronym and the initials of both one of the radio call names of Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) - "Happy Harry Hardon" - and the informal name of the educational institution - "Hubert Humphrey High". See more »

Goofs

The record in Mark's hand changes positions between edits as he gets a stamp from his father's study. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mark: Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?
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Fast Lane
Written by Patrick Tilon, Arjen de Vreede, Silvano Matadin, Michel Schoots, Renè van Barneveld
Performed by Urban Dance Squad
Published by Pennies from Heaven, B.V. (MMA)
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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late night favorite
10 July 2003 | by clearlydistantSee all my reviews

I love this movie. I think its alot better than many movies of its time. I thought Christian Slater was perfectly cast in the role. I love his voice and I loved the character. It upsets me when people compare movies such as this to another movie. There are many movies that are quite simply copies of eachother. I have not seen the movie "Network" as mentioned in another comment so I cannot discuss that one. The idea of comparing this film to "Heathers" though seems a bit preposterous to me. I'm a huge fan of both films and fail to see the huge connection. Suicide occurs in many films, but it doesn't necessarily mean that the are all just copying eachother. Truly original films are difficult to find. and I found this to be one. feel free to prove me wrong. I enjoyed the film thoroughly and I awaken people to its glory as often as possible.


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