Pump Up the Volume

Lists: Drama, Music

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 293 (Rank from 1990: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 66.67%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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CinemaVisitor Erik95
J Bumgardner90 - Cult classic from the early 90s. Christian Slater is a high school senior whose parents move him from New York to Arizona. This makes him an outcast and he starts broadcasting a show on a short wave radio out of boredom, but eventually the entire school starts listening. In the process he uncovers corruption among the faculty and becomes a target. Fun, but also a serious commentary on our educational system.
Rob from GuysFilmQuest75

People Involved

  • Christian Slater (Mark Hunter)
  • Andy Romano (Murdock)
  • Keith Stuart Thayer (Luis Chavez)
  • Cheryl Pollak (Paige Woodward)
  • Jeff Chamberlain (Mr. Woodward)
  • Samantha Mathis (Nora Diniro)
  • Lala Sloatman (Janie)
  • Holly Sampson (Cheryl Biggs)
  • Annie Ross (Loretta Creswood)
  • Seth Green (Joey)
  • Scott Paulin (Brian Hunter)
  • Robert Schenkkan (David Deaver)
  • Mimi Kennedy (Marla Hunter)
  • Ellen Greene (Jan Emerson)
  • Anthony Lucero (Malcolm Kaiser)
  • Billy Morrissette (Mazz Mazzilli)
  • Ahmet Zappa (Jamie)
  • Matt McGrath (Chris)
  • Allan Moyle (Director)