Pump up the Volume

Pump up the Volume

Director: Allan Moyle Cast: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Ellen Greene


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Teenage angst finds a new voice in this drama. By day, Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) is a quiet, studious student at an ordinary suburban high school in Arizona. But at night, Mark creeps down into his basement, fires up his pirate radio transmitter, and broadcasts to the community as Hard Harry, a sexually obsessed social commentator who passes along angry philosophy about the state of teenage life when not blasting punk rock or gangsta rap cuts. Hard Harry's sworn nemesis is high school principal Mrs. Cresswood (Annie Ross), who keeps SAT scores up at the expense of her students' dignity and individuality by eliminating "troublemakers" from the student body. Hard Harry's broadcasts, however, have become a rallying point for the school's misfit underclass, and Mrs. Cresswood is determined to track down the mystery student and bring him to justice (broadcasting without a license, he's not merely an annoyance, but a criminal). The war against Hard Harry intensifies when he broadcasts data from confidential school board reports; Mark's father is a school commissioner, but he has no idea what his son is doing in the basement. Meanwhile, Mark gains the attentions of Nora (Samantha Mathis), who has figured out who he becomes at night. More serious and intelligent than the average teen film, Pump Up the Volume was written and directed by Allan Moyle, who previously dealt with disaffected, music-obsessed teens in Times Square and would return to them with Empire Records.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2017
UPC: 0888574564841
Original Release: 1990
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 6,482

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Slater Mark Hunter
Samantha Mathis Nora Diniro
Ellen Greene Jan Emerson
Scott Paulin Brian Hunter
Cheryl Pollak Paige
Andy Romano Murdock
Annie Ross Mrs. Loretta Creswood
Mimi Kennedy Martha Hunter
Mark Ballou Eric
Jill Jarres Actor
Lala Actor
Ahmet Zappa Jamie
Dan Eisenstein Donald
Nigel Gibbs Marshall
Seth Green Joey
James Hampton Watts
Clayton Landey Shep Sheppard
Judith Holstra Actor
Billy Morrissette Mazz Mazzilli
Lala Sloatman Janie
Jonathan Mazer Jonathan
Robert Schenkkan David Deaver
Allan Kolman Postal Clerk
David McKnight Detective #1
Tony Auer Police Officer
Robert Harvey Detective Denny
Matt McGrath Chris
Steve Archer Harry Video
Lin Shaye PTA Parent #3
Roger Scott TV Announcer #1 / Crispin
Gary Dubin TV Announcer #2
David C. Glasser Jack
Juliet Landau Teri
Marc Siegler Teacher Stern

Technical Credits
Allan Moyle Director,Screenwriter
Michael Abbott Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry Bock Editor
Bruce Bolander Production Designer
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
John H. Burrows Production Designer
Syd Cappe Executive Producer
Nicole Freegard Musical Direction/Supervision
Janet Grillo Associate Producer
Janice Hampton Editor
Rupert Harvey Co-producer
Kurt Hathaway Editor
Judith Holstra Casting
Ric Keeley Editor
Robb Wilson King Production Designer
Walt Lloyd Cinematographer
Cliff Martinez Score Composer
Sara Risher Executive Producer
Sandy Stern Co-producer
Nicolas Stiliadis Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pump Up the Volume
1. Main Titles [5:30]
2. Dear Harry [5:19]
3. Out Of Touch [5:08]
4. Talk Hard [10:21]
5. Mr. Serious [4:36]
6. Nora Gets Closer [3:16]
7. An Announcement [5:24]
8. Get Crazy [8:19]
9. A Listener Speaks [4:41]
10. Crackdown On Campus [3:56]
11. Out Of Control [3:52]
12. Emergency Meeting [8:07]
13. A Call To Deaver [3:46]
14. Dedication [4:05]
15. Consequences [6:39]
16. Listener Party [5:14]
17. Road Show [4:07]
18. No More Hiding [4:38]
19. End Credits [4:32]

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Pump up the Volume 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is over 25 years old now. Yet the issues and ideas are still as true now and as they were then. The school in this movie had the finest SAT's in it's state. The school had the finest students, for a very strong reason. The retched principal weeded out those she saw as trouble makers - anyone below her ideas of excellence. She looked for any excuse to expel trouble makers, and harassed countless others into dropping out. Those she labeled Losers, she didn't see as worthy of education. All she cared about was her professional power and the schools elite reputation. This movie has the cops and feds censuring personal use of Radio Transmissions. That technology is obsolete, but the principle is still valid. In every generation adults always attempt to prevent the young from having Freedom of Speech. Harry's radio show let teens express themselves freely, and helped release their suppressed emotions. This movie has numerous examples of the pain, confusion, helplessness, and hopelessness of High School. Intense examples of how screwed up society is. For all that it also offers hope - It demonstrates The Power of Personal Strength and Teen Rebellion.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
great teen movie. Christian Slater was so cute back then.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed also purchased it from Barnes & Noble wow Christian was so cute in this film he played the part of both Mark and Hard Harry very well wow really cool movie! Love It!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first caught this movie on My Network TV a few months ago. It was/is so great that I just had to order, buy and own a copy of this eventually. A high school student named Mark Hunter, who is mostly diffident, quiet and withdrawn, suddenly showcases a more confident, outspoken and outgoing side when he gets behind the mic as his radio D.J. alter-ego, under the alias Hard Harry. But nobody would learn the truth as to who Hard Harry is until later. The radio was used as Mark's only means for him to boost his self-confidence and he'd later learn that after the truth comes out, he doesn't need to get his message across through that anymore. Because he actually had it in him the whole time. It's his duty as the announcer to convey to his schoolmates advice when any of them are having problems and that he plans to take a stand against the principal when a conspiracy that's been made takes place. This has since become one of my favorite early '90s movies that I discovered, coming across it on the air (regular/network t.v. or cable). And it's one of the best stories (Fiction or non-fiction) ever brought from script to screen. There is such a strong lesson in this for the aforementioned reasons that I already covered. And they're why no one should skip this at all. If anyone reading this is also diffident, then after seeing this movie, you just may find the self-assurance in yourself too. If you could just dig deep enough. Recommended and not to be skipped.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST movie I have EVER seen. It is truely amazing, no matter who you are, you will love it!!! Watch it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago