Director: Allan Moyle
Stars: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Annie Ross, Ellen Greene, Seth Green, Ahmet Zappa
In Arizona, an introverted and insightful teenager, Mark Hunter, 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 discovers the truth, while Principal Creswood seeks to shut down Hunter once and for all.
This is one of the best teenage movies for the 90's, hands down. When this movie came out, it seemed like a social bomb was set loose in society. Teenagers in small towns and in the smaller suburbs became exposed to music and ideas that were not well known to the public. Many people that watched this movie for the first time had their mind's opened. They heard and learn about new ideas and concepts. The words were coming from actors portraying teenagers themselves. So these new ideas came from people that they can relate to and identify with as their peers. That really meant a lot to the audience.
The cast ended up being part of what made this movie great. Christian Slater was early in his career playing the young hot sexy man that was a good bad guy in movies. He was at his best when he was younger. Samantha Mathis was just starting in the movies, and she was becoming an adult at the time. She was so good and cool in this movie that you wanted to be her friend. Annie Ross is so good at playing the bitch or the uptight woman. You just wanted to beat her in this movie. Ellen Greene is just a peach. She was good in this movie, but it was Little shop where she was just grand. The rest of the teenagers in the movie were great. Seth Green was in this movie for a minute.
The best part of the whole movie, and I mean it this time, was the sound track. It is one of the best soundtracks that I have heard. Concrete Blonde covering Leonard Cohen's Everybody knows. It was the best. It is something that you need to check out.
This movie helped changed how some people thought about their life and their environment. It is a must see. If you have not see it, then you need to stop everything and watch it. It is a movie that is even worth adding to your personal collection. Enjoy.
Pump Up the Volume (1990) Trailer