Pump Up the Volume

1990, Drama, 1h 45m

35 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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In Arizona, an introverted and insightful teenager, Mark Hunter (Christian Slater), finds an outlet for his viewpoints through a shortwave radio. Broadcasting as "Hard Harry," Hunter uses his pirate radio show to rant against the injustices and hypocrisies taking place in the area, and in society in general. Hunter conceals his off-air identity, but a determined student (Samantha Mathis) discovers the truth, while Principal Creswood (Annie Ross) seeks to shut down Hunter once and for all.

Cast & Crew

Christian Slater
Mark Hunter (Hard Harry)
Ellen Greene
Jan Emerson
Scott Paulin
Brian Hunter
Cheryl Pollak
Paige Woodward
Mimi Kennedy
Marla Hunter
Annie Ross
Loretta Creswood
Allan Moyle
Screenwriter
Syd Cappe
Executive Producer
Sara Risher
Executive Producer
Nicolas Stiliadis
Executive Producer
Walt Lloyd
Cinematographer
Larry Bock
Film Editor
Cliff Martinez
Original Music
Josh McLaglen
First Assistant Director
Daniel R. Suhart
Second Assistant Director
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  • Feb 28, 2012
    Slater does it again, this catapults straight into my top 10 alongside 'Heathers' another Slater movie that I watche and while back and have been repeatedly watching since. This movie really speaks to me and I think what it has to say about youth still stands today: We're not ourselves, we live by other peoles standards, can't we just be free?
    Cameron S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2012
    A silly little Christian Slater movie. Actually I think the successful Christian Slater movies were the ones that kept him off the screen for most of the time. Christian is sad because his little pirate radio station was busted. Boo hoo.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2011
    Christian Slater then: raspy-voiced star of rebellious teen movies that were adored by adolescents and greeted indifferently by critics. Christian Slater now: raspy-voiced star of direct-to-video thrillers that have a shorter shelf life than the TV series he makes. On the plus side, teens and critics now agree with a shared indifference.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Slater is so hot in this movie! This rebellious teen drama is full of both angst and celebration of being a teenager at the turn of the decade. I really loved it when I was a teen, and I highly recommend it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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