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Pump Up the Volume (Widescreen/Full Screen)

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In the suburban hinterlands of Arizona, pirate-radio DJ Hard Harry wages a one-man war against boredom from his bedroom transmitter by night. In between great Lenny Bruce-style stream-of-consciousness rants, Harry attacks the airwaves with the likes of the Descendents, Bad Brains, and Concrete Blonde, as well as occasionally kickin' it old school with some early hip-hop. By day, though, Hard Harry is Mark Hunter, a painfully shy new kid who's anonymous to the point of being invisible at Hubert Humphrey High School. Completely misunderstood by his '60s-era parents, Mark is desperate to keep his radio alter ego separate from his day-to-day persona, especially as his radio shows draw more attention from the authorities. Fellow misfit Nora (Samantha Mathis, in her first feature role) eventually discovers Hard Harry's true identity, much to Mark's chagrin, and the two of them become torchbearers against the stifling status quo of the town as they dodge the police, the school administration, and the FCC. There are familiar high school authority archetypes (the assistant principal with clip-on tie, lemon-yellow K-Mart short-sleeved dress shirt, military flattop, and bulky key ring) and a rather strained subplot of a corrupt school administration. Mainly, though, this is a rousing teen call-to-arms that showcases Slater's talents as he developed the cynical, sarcastic neo-Jack Nicholson delivery that would become his trademark. He's at his best during his radio monologues (making them truly seem ad-libbed), and his influences become clear as he checks out a copy of How to Talk Dirty and Influence People from the library. --Jerry Renshaw

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3.0 out of 5 stars shallow teen flick weighed down by self-awareness June 25 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Christian Slater is Mark Hunter, a nerdy Eastern transplant to an Arizona school. Completely overlooked by his easy-going parents and everybody else, Hunter runs a pirate radio station under the name "Hard Harry". Every night, the hordes of students who think nothing of Hunter, listen for every syllable of Harry's voice. Hunter laces his subversive radio with mixtures of Lenny Bruce and the likes of "Concrete Blond", and everybody loves it. Everybody that is but the stern, authoritarian and uptight nerds who live for nothing but make life miserable for everybody younger than they are. Hunter is a man with ideas, but he can only express them through Harry - he alters his voice for radio, and uses an anonymous mail box to collect fan mail - keeping his double life a secret. Unfortunately, Nora (Samantha Mathis), an introverted intellectual teen who works the library at Hunter's school, pieces together the clues of Hunter's & Harry's shared ID.
Until then, "Pump" is sheer fun, an equal opportunity offender that doesn't strain your sense of morality. The adults are easy targets (even Hunter's parents are out to lunch - they never realize that their son's got enough electronic equipment to be the "Hard Harry" that everybody is talking about; the rest of the adults fail to consider Harry's message as a wake-up call). But the teens are also pretty wasted - for all of their energy, they never convert their power into a cause (the script wakes up near the end, and crafts a genuine cause involving manipulation of student scores - a revelation hit on by a "friendly" teacher played by Ellen Greene of "Little Shop of Horrors" fame).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing. Please watch it. Aug. 25 2003
Finally, somebody has the intelligence and the guts to come out and ask, "WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?!?" Nobody is required to fall into the rut and coast along in life, living up to the expectations and stereotypes and ideals of their age group.

Students at Hubert Humphrey High are screaming inside. Many of them don't know what to do with their lives, so they do the best they can pretending to be the perfect, destined-for-success angels that their prim-but-pushy parents expect them to be. The fact that the principal of the school values her school's SAT scores rather than the students' personal welfare doesn't help much.

Enter Happy Harry Hardon. Feeling lonely, depressed, and frustrated with life, he starts a pirate radio station and spills his guts out. Not only does he develop a following, he gives powerful advice that everyone should live by, and in the process exposes corruption in the school.

His words are powerful. Maybe you'll blow this one off and say it's unrealistic (hello people... what movie is), or maybe you'll feel liberated and completely change your outlook on life, like I did. "Doesn't this blend of blindness and blandness make you want to do something crazy?? Then DO SOMETHING CRAZY!!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Allan Moyle, of course its 5 stars July 16 2003
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This man rocks. This is also the man behind Empire Records( a movie that if you want the full effect you need to get the special fan edition, the original was alllll cut up, the special edition is a bit longer and much better). He knows how to make a movie. He also likes to dig into punk rock in america. Allan Moyle rocks. Theres no way around it. Anything he does is great. Samantha Mathis and Christian Slater are also great.
For those who know nothing of this movie ,how have you missed it but its the story of a shy guy whos moved into a new town. his parents got him a short way radio station so that he can talk to his friends back home. he uses it to play his kind of music, speak of things that he wants to and basically break every censorship law in existance. After one of his listeners shoots himself while listening to the show mark finds himself being wanted for arrest. He must find a way to change the minds of a town of teenage radicals. its the soundtrack of the pixies, concrete blonde, the beastie boys and basically everything that is good. also in it is the story of a boy and a girl who are legends in their own mind who seek after eachother. (samantha mathis and christian slater) moura ( i think thats her name its been a while since ive seen this) and mark.
if you like this get "empire records". like i said though, its best to get it on dvd- special fan edition. the regular edition is great too but the 16 minuets of extra footage and deleted scenes make the movie. the extra footage is also put into the movie so its like watching a whole new movie. it rocks, i just bought the special edition yesterday..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Christian Slater steals the air and this movie Feb. 16 2003
It's funny how the years can alter your view of the world...A dozen years ago I was a freewheeling do-as-I-wish dissenter of society and I loved the spirit of the kids in this film. My how the times have changed!
Christian Slater stars as Mark Hunter a shy and introverted studious teenager by day who is harboring a secret identity from everyone else. Hunter has recently moved to the Arizona city of Paradise Valley and is attending the local high school Hubert Humphrey High, where all the students are at odds with the hardnosed bully of a principal. To combat both his own awkward attempts at conversations with fellow students (especially girls) and the intensely disliked principal, Mark becomes a pirate DJ using his short-wave radio his parents gave him for a gift. Behind the microphone and closed doors Mark becomes 'Hard Harry' who lives and breathes his motto "Talk Hard" nightly beginning at 10 sharp. His alternately bellicose and sanguine rants become 'a voice crying in the wilderness' for the students at HHH and overnight 'Hard Harry' becomes a hometown celebrity that has everyone at the high school talking about him. Suddenly the teenagers that were growing complacent and resigned to the rules, regulations and restrictions enforced upon them begin to liberate themselves. Students play their recorded tapes of his broadcast on boom boxes during the school lunch hour and they become the bane of the teachers who dislike the uncensored monologues, especially the putdowns of the teachers and principal who are named on the broadcasts. But when one of the callers to 'Hard Harry' commits suicide, the high school's core of leadership blame him for provoking the incident.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stab them with your plastic forks
One of my favorite movies, Pump Up the Volume is a film that has a great message and a cool cast. Christian Slater is perfect as Harry/Mark, I think this is his best role, his... Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by cruel_girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk Hard / Amazing film
Powerful film, Christian Slater with an incredible performance as Mark Hunter a shy kid who moves to Arizona in a new school where he notices things are very wrong. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by N. Damiano
5.0 out of 5 stars Slater is the bombdigity
this movie is about Christian Slater who plays Hard Harry the pirate radio man of his pirated show, is magnificent and full of style. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by Michael Bolts
4.0 out of 5 stars PUMP up the VOLUME and watch it again
This was a really good film. Christian delivers as does his teenage costar, Samantha Mathis. This is a tale of teenage angst, but it is more than that alone. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2003 by Alicia Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
what more can you say this movie is great. But I can tell you right now this movie was made in 85 or 86 I was still in college and I graduated in 86. Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Slater's best film and performance, a great movie experience
Christian Slater is the man as Hard Harry, hes this radio host on a pirate radio and he makes all these jokes and plays distasteful music and he exploits teh school he goes to. Read more
Published on July 27 2003 by Michael Bolts
5.0 out of 5 stars WAKE UP AMERICA!!
This movie is awesome. I never ever paid attention to Christian Slater before this. My mom was in the store the other day, said she thought I'd like this movie, bought it for $4... Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by TJ
4.0 out of 5 stars HHH
This is a good movie! I enjoyed it alot. The is a story about a teen with a voice and what happens when it gets out of hand. It also deals with teen's views on authory.
Published on Feb. 1 2003 by Claude Edward Craft
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all teens
This movie was THE movie when I was in highschool. This movie made me think and question society as a whole. Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2002 by A. Vegan
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