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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, 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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Taglines:

The Voice of a Generation. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Прибавьте громкость 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

Gross USA:

$11,541,758

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,541,758
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The place in the USA that the movie is set is the American city of Phoenix in Arizona, but the picture was not filmed there, with the film being shot in the state of California in the same country, particularly in Saugus and Santa Clarita. 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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Connections

Referenced in Charlie Bartlett (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Fast Lane
Written by Patrick Tilon, Arjen de Vreede, Silvano Matadin, Michel Schoots, Renè van Barneveld
Performed by Urban Dance Squad
Published by Pennies from Heaven, B.V. (MMA)
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Every teenager should see this film
29 August 2003 | by IdocamstufSee all my reviews

What a film!!, this is a film that very accurately represents how it feels to be unpopular, or the new kid in high school. Slater gained much respect from me for his terrific performance is Hard Harry, a new kid at a school where the staff don't seem to care about the students, Harry runs a pirate radio station as an anonymous student at the high school, and shares his feelings about the school, he gains a large following of students who feel the same way he does, but then trouble starts. This is a truly great film, with great performances, this is probably the "Rebel Without A Cause", for our generation. ***1/2 out of ****.


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