• Pump Up the Volume (2003)

Pump Up the Volume

Release Date: July 6th, 2003

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 1999

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

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: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Ellen Greene, Scott Paulin, Cheryl Pollak, Andy Romano, Mimi Kennedy, Annie Ross

Director: Allan Moyle

Genres: Drama

Production Co: New Line Cinema, SC Entertainment

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Emotional, Father, Quest, Underdog, 1990s, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Joan AndermanBoston Globe

    It's a celebration of free expression that treats youth like a fierce and beautiful animal, and never attempts to tame it. In Pump Up the Volume, the "why-bother" generation finds a voice, and begins to bother. [22 Aug 1990, p.47]

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Pump Up the Volume, in addition to presenting an engaging story, has tapped into a universal truth about rebels with causes. show more

  • 100
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This is an exhilarating picture, the kind that strips away smug complacencies and exposes raw nerves to a bright light. [14 Sep 1990, p.C4]

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