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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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Malcolm Kaiser
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Paige
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Mr. Woodward
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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

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$11,541,758
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Christian Slater became physically ill several times during filming due to all the cigarette smoking he had to do. See more »

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When the Hunters go to listen to Happy Harry Hardon, the stereo is never turned on; the model shown lights up its tuning window when turned on. 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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WeinerSchnitzel
Written by Bill Stevenson and Pat McCuiston
Performed by Descendents
Published by New Alliance Music (BMI)
Courtesy of SST Records
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30 November 2002 | by See 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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