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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 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

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

[ONLY VISIBLE IN FULL SCREEN VERSION] There is one shot of the exterior of Hubert Humphrey Highwhere you can clearly see what the name "Saugus" painted on the building. It is the library of the real school, Saugus High School, in Santa Clarita, CA. 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

Spoofed in Hump Up the Volume (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Kick Out The Jams
Written by Rob Tyner, Fred 'Sonic' Smith, Wayne Kramer (as Wayne Kambes), Dennis Thompson (as Dennis Tomich) and Michael Davis
Performed by Bad Brains with Henry Rollins
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
Produced by Ron Saint Germain
Bad Brains courtesy of Caroline Records, Inc.
Henry Rollins Courtesy of 2-13-61
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30 November 2002 | by billybrown41See all my reviews

When "Pump Up The Volume" came out in 1990, I wanted to BE Christian Slater. Now that it's already been twelve years since it was released, I still can't believe how well it's held up. Aside from a couple of things that make it dated (I'm referring mainly to the opening credit sequence and the way some of the characters dress...mulletts WERE acceptable back then), the message remains the same and I think that's what has made this movie stand the test of time. Along with "Heathers", this is some of Christian Slater's best work ever. His performance alone is enough to reccommend this one, but that combined with the message, make it a cult classic. They don't make movies like this anymore.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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