Pump Up the Volume

August 22, 1990 0 By Fans
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Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 7.0/10 (13,647 voted)

Critic's Score: 77/100

Allan Moyle

Stars: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Annie Ross

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.


Christian Slater

Mark Hunter (Hard Harry)

Annie Ross

Loretta Creswood

Andy Romano


Scott Paulin

Brian Hunter

Mimi Kennedy

Marla Hunter

Anthony Lucero

Malcolm Kaiser

Billy Morrissette

Mazz Mazzilli

Robert Schenkkan

David Deaver

Cheryl Pollak

Paige Woodward

Ellen Greene

Jan Emerson

Samantha Mathis

Nora Diniro

Keith Stuart Thayer

Luis Chavez

Jeff Chamberlain

Mr. Woodward

Lala Sloatman


Holly Sampson

Cheryl Biggs

Steal the Air.

Release Date: 22 August 1990

Filming Locations: Saugus High School, Saugus, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $1,601,489
(26 August 1990)
(799 Screens)

Gross: $11,541,758

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Christian Slater became physically ill several times during filming due to all the cigarette smoking he had to do.


Factual errors:
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.


[first lines]

Do you ever get the feeling that everything in America is completely fucked up?

User Review

Slaters teen master class . . .

Rating: 10/10

I loved this film

When I was 17 I first saw the second half of this movie on TV, the next
I scoured my local video shops to buy the film so that I could watch the
first half.

I know that sounds a little sad but I really felt that at the time this
was spot on. Parents do seem to hate you, it is incredibly hard to talk
to a
girl that you want to ask out and school is the last place you ever want
be. This film had the emotions just about right.

I now see its faults but I still feel that it is an excellent movie to
targeted age group, everyone who ever wanted to "rise up in the cafeteria
and stab them (teachers) with your plastic fork".

I could fill this review with quotes, the speech on why teen suicide is a
bad idea is up there with the "Am I funny?" scene in goodfella's.

Christian Slater is excellent, apparently it's his favourite movie and
can see that he enjoyed making it. He does dark-teen like no one else,
is Nicholson at 16! In my humble opinion this film is at the top of the
teen-flick chart alongside Heathers.

Samantha Mathis makes an intriguing leading lady, she really gets her
character spot on. Miss Mathis also provides one of the best sexual
scenes ever in this genre. (it's all in the music)

A young Seth Green also makes an appearance that I am sure he would
forget, his acting is fine it's how he looks thats the problem

This film is dark, funny and brutaly honest. If you are under 20 and
hate the world this will kill a couple of those boring 'too old to play
young to drink' hours.

Highly recommended.