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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Malcolm Kaiser
... Murdock
Keith Stuart Thayer ... Luis Chavez
... Paige
... Mr. Woodward
... Mazz Mazzilli
... Nora Diniro
... Janie
... Cheryl Biggs
... Loretta Creswood
... Mark Hunter
Annie Rusoff ... Annie
... Jonathan
... Alex (as Alex Enberg)
... 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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The Voice of a Generation. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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22 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adj rá kakaót!  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,601,489, 26 August 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,541,758
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The SAT acronym that is referred to in the film relates to the standardized test that is used for admissions to university colleges in the USA. SAT originally stood for "Scholastic Aptitude Test and then later the "Scholastic Assessment Test". See more »

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When Paige interrupts the public meeting, she walks in with severely blackened eyes and bloody cuts on her face. She speaks to the teachers and parents, then runs out. She yells at the news reporter standing outside seconds later and her eyes are no longer black and her cuts are gone. See more »

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[first lines]
Mark: Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?
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Referenced in Charlie Bartlett (2007) See more »

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Titanium Expose
Written by Sonic Youth
Performed by Sonic Youth
Published by Savage Conquest Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of DGC by agreement with Warner Special Products
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one of the best teen movies of the 90's!
16 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

pump up the volume is one of the best teen movies of the 90's! it's smart,and very thought-provoking. this is the second most thought-provoking teen movie of all time. second only to the breakfast club. pump up the volume is in the top 3 of the best teen movies of the 90's! it's also very entertaining,and sometimes funny. but a lot of the movie is serious. slater has never been better.

it's a very good movie. i give pump up the volume ***1/2

out of ****


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