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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

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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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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During production Christian Slater had his driver's license suspended for the second time in two years over DUIs, and writer-director Allan Moyle had to retool the script accordingly. Lead character Mark Hunter doesn't drive, tells his listeners he has "no car, no license", and goes everywhere on foot. In the climactic scene his girlfriend Nora (Samantha Mathis) drives the Jeep while Mark does his last "Hard Harry" broadcast from the passenger seat. See more »

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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 »

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

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Freedom of Speech
Written by James Brown, Cold 187um, Laylaw
Performed by Above The Law
Published by Crid Music, Inc., administered by Unichappell Music Inc. (BMI)/
Dallarz II Sense Muzick (BMI)/Ruthless Attack Muzick (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Ruthless/CBS Records, Music Licensing Department
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What a teen flick should be.
6 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I'm 28 now, but this film is still very important to me. PUTV is the best teen drama out there (though there aren't many to compete with it), it really grasps how so alone some teenagers can feel and how rejectedby the system they so often are. The film has dated some what, but if there ever was an early warning sign of the problems that face American schools today (columbine esque) this is it. You can only push teenagers so far before they lose the plot, end up killing themselves or other people, PUTV is about those feelings. Slater is the bomb in this film, he is truly awesome and Mathis plays a great sidekick. The fact she shows a bit of flesh makes the movie highly genuine, yes girls do get naked with boys whilst at high school. PUTV does now suffer with its meaning to the modern era, but modern kids still do get dejected and rejected and this film is a great message in saying.... You Are Not Alone! 10/10 Then.... 8/10 Now.


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