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Pump up the Volume Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Allan Moyle and would return to them with Allan Moyle. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 22, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Christian Slater Best Actor 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Allan Moyle Best Director 1990 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Allan Moyle Best Screenplay 1990 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Allan Moyle
Director
Allan Moyle
Screenwriter
Walt Lloyd
Cinematographer
Cliff Martinez
Composer (Music Score)
Wendy Greene Bricmont
Editor
Kurt Hathaway
Editor
Larry Bock
Editor
Janice Hampton
Editor
Ric Keeley
Editor
Bruce Bolander
Production Designer
Robb Wilson King
Production Designer
Rupert Harvey
Co-producer
Sandy Stern
Co-producer
Janet Grillo
Associate Producer
Nicolas Stiliadis
Executive Producer
Syd Cappe
Executive Producer
Sara Risher
Executive Producer
Judith Holstra
Casting
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