Pump Up the Volume

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. When one of Harry's listeners commits suicide and Harry- inspired chaos breaks out at the school, the authorities are called in to put a stop to Harry's broadcasts.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Allan Moyle
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  3 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

You ever get the feeling

that everything in America...

is completely fucked up?

You know that feeling?

The whole country is one inch

away from saying...

"That's it! Forget it!"

Think about it.

Everything's polluted--

the environment, the government,

the schools-- you name it.

Speaking of schools...

I was walking the hallowed halls

the other day...

and I asked myself...

"Is there life

after high school...

"because I can't face


"let alone a whole year

of this shit."

Yeah, you got it, folks.

It's me again

with a little attitude...

for all you out here

in white-bread land...

all you nice people...

livin' in the middle

of America the beautiful.

Let's see, we're on 92 FM...

and it feels like a nice,

clean little band so far.

No one else is using it

and the price is right.

And, yes, folks, you guessed it.

Tonight, I'm as horny

as a ten-peckered owl...

so stay tuned

because this is Hard Harry...

reminding you to eat

your cereal with a fork...

and do your homework

in the dark.

Hey! Gimme that.

Hey, man, let me see that.

Give it on over here.

He played Ice-T on this tape.

Great. Plays Ice- and talks about his dick.

Nah, man.

Ice-T shreds on this.

I heard it last night.

Mr. Chavez? Luis Chavez?

Yes, just for a second.

All right, so I'll pick you up

after yearbook?

OK, Dad.

And no big dates tonight.

Be well-rested

for your history exam tomorrow.

- OK.

- Yo, Paige!

Any time, anywhere, beautiful.

Mr. Paige.

Miss Paige Woodward arriveth.

So rich, so smart...

So perfect.

Cheryl, good to see you.

Gonna see the principal

this morning, huh?

Mr. Murdock, can you tell me

what this is about?

We'll see.

Excuse me, Mrs. Creswood.

Check this out.

What is it?

It's this guy.

He's got a pirate

radio station on the air.

His name is

"Happy Harry Hard-on."

He's a total sex maniac.

Of course.

He comes on every night

at 10:

Down to business.

I got my Wild Cherry

Diet Pepsi...

and I got my Blackjack gum here.

And I got that feeling.

Yeah, that familiar feeling...

that something rank

is going down out there.

Yeah, I can smell it.

I can almost taste it--

the rankness in the air.

It's everywhere.

It's running through

that old pipeline out there...

trickling along

that dumb concrete river...

and coming up

through the drains...

of those lovely tract homes

we all live in.

So who is he?

He goes to Humphrey.

I mean, I don't know.

Everywhere I look,

it seems everything is sold-out.

They say this is where

the reception is the coolest.

Then he probably lives

right around here.

Fuckin' yuppies.

My dad sold out...

and my mom sold out years ago

when she had me.

And then they sold me out...

when they brought me

to this hole in the world.

Hey, they made me

everything I am today...

so, naturally,

I hate the bastards.

Speaking of which...

I'm running a contest...

on the best way to put them

out of their miseries.


we have number twelve...

of one hundred things

to do with your body...

when you're all alone.

Now, are you ready

for the incredible sound...

of Hard Harry

coming on his own face?

Oh, my God.

It's very possible, you know?

Are you listening to this?

Yeah, of course I'm listening.

Guy's gotta have hair

coming out of his palms.

This is a champion one.

Oh. There. Yeah.

Are you listening?

- Yeah, I'm going blind.

- He's doing it.

So unreal.

Oh, my God.


Yes, Hard Harry

will go to any length to keep...

his three listeners glued

with ooey blooey to the radios.

But the question is,

how far will you go?

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Allan Moyle

Allan Moyle (born 1947 in Shawinigan, Quebec) is a Canadian film director. He is best known for directing the films Pump Up the Volume (1990) and Empire Records (1995). more…

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