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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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Taglines:

The Voice of a Generation. 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:

Adj rá kakaót! 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The address of the "Postal Center USA" is 27600 Haskell Cyn Rd, Santa Clarita, California. The chiropractor business next to it is still in business to this day. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, Hard Harry plays Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows" from a record with a Motown label, but all of Cohen's studio albums to date have been released by Columbia. Also, though he is shown playing the first track on the record, "Everybody Knows" is actually the third track on the album 'I'm Your Man' on which the song originally appears. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mark: Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?
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Referenced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Prom (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Tale O' The Twister
Written by L. Nichols, D. Perkins and Steve Taylor (as S. Taylor)
Performed by Chagall Guevara
Published by Sado Shrimp (ASCAP)
Produced by Dennis Herring
Courtesy of MCA Records
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the sixties meets the 90s
21 October 2006 | by oyvaySee all my reviews

I've seen Pump a few times but recently got the DVD and showed it to an 18 year old last night...the film has great resonances for me of the 60s generation and it still has power for the youth of today...amazingly, since they mainly seem motivated by IT, gadgets and money.

All the performances were first rate and this film also introduces Leonard Cohen to a new generation. I'm sure schools today are worse then Hubert Humphrey high portrayed in the film...this was before Columbine...but you can see the fertile ground for the violence to follow.

This is one of my all time favorite 'teen flicks' and I recommend it to all who want to see social and political relevance in movies.


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