Pump up the Volume

Corrected entry: In the scene where Christian Slater's character is talking to "Serious" (the kid who commits suicide), the letter he received from him is handwritten on lined paper. Earlier in the movie, there is a scene showing "serious" typing the letter on his computer. (00:07:55 - 00:25:55)

Correction: It's possible he was writing a draft. We don't see him actually print out the letter and mail it so it's possible he wrote a draft and decided to just do the final letter hand written.

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Corrected entry: After Mr Murdock punches Mazzilli, Emerson (Mark's English teacher) rushes in and pulls them apart, saying 'what's wrong with this school?.' Mrs Cresswood arrives and threatens her with dismissal, and only a few hours later we see Emerson finding Mark to tell him goodbye as she 'was fired'. There is no way a teacher's dismissal, especially on such grounds, could occur in less than a day. Teachers who commit major crimes would be arrested and escorted from the premises; for others, there is a long procedure which must be followed before the teacher loses his or her job. (01:17:45 - 01:19:25)

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Correction: Was she a union teacher or non-union? Was it an "at-will" work law state or not? Was there a contract between her and the school or the district? If she is non-union, if it is an "at-will" state, if there is no contract, she can be fired at anytime for any reason (outside of discrimination based on race, religion, etc.)


Corrected entry: When Harry is exposing Mr. Deever's letter about Cheryl Biggs (the pregnant student) over the air, he reads, "I have no alternative but to suggest suspension." Cheryl Biggs was expelled, not suspended. We know later in the film that there is a difference between the two when Harry asks his girlfriend why she was expelled for cutting class ("That just deserves a suspension, right?")

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Correction: We can see from Deever's comment in the meeting, towards the end of the film, 'They're just kids!' that he doesn't approve of all Ms Cresswood's actions. In his letter, he has suggested suspension for Cheryl, but Ms Cresswood takes it a step further and decides on expulsion.

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Corrected entry: Harry's parents knock on his door and say they are suspicious because they heard him "talking." Apparently they feel they have nothing to worry about when Harry is yelling, screaming, and whacking boxes with a golf club, near the beginning of the movie.

Correction: Mark's parents go downstairs to talk to him because they're concerned about him, not because they heard anything. They hear him talking while they're right outside the door, before they knock, and mention it because he said he was alone. The rest of the time, they're in a completely different part of the house, and can't hear him however much noise he makes.

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Corrected entry: The number of the mailbox that Harry picks up his mail from does not match the number printed on the letters he received.

Correction: The mailboxes use a different numbering/lettering scheme on the outside, for privacy.

Revealing mistake: Near the middle of the movie Samantha Mathis is walking across the high school campus. The name of the high school in the movie is "Hubert Humphrey High School, " but behind her, above the library door, a sign says "Saugus High School Library". Shows better in 4.3 aspect. (00:31:45)

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Mark Hunter: You see there's nothing to do anymore. Everything decent's been done. All the great themes in life have been used up, turned into theme parks. So I don't really find it exactly cheerful to be living in the middle of a totally exhausted decade where there's nothing to look forward to and no-one to look up to.

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Trivia: Every time Harry plays a recording of "Everybody Knows" to start his show, he uses a different format. First it's a reel-to-reel tape, then a vinyl record, then a cassette tape.

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Question: How come Mark's parents couldn't hear him while he was broadcasting as Hard Harry in their basement? Wouldn't they hear their son talking?

Answer: The first time I watched the movie, I kept thinking that Mark's parents were going to hear him and catch "Harry" in the act. When the girl was with Mark, Mark's parents pounded on the outside door; when Mark opened the door, his parents said they thought they heard him talking to someone. So, from outside the garage door, someone might be able to hear muffled voices but not the actual words. Why his parents cannot hear him in the basement when they are indoors lies in the props/scenery plus some inference. The numerous objects in the room (tapes, CDs, albums, guitar, drums, bongo drums, recording instruments, amps, etc.) indicate that Mark is into music - loud music - and electronics. He apparently was given garage/utility storage space to turn into essentially a studio for himself and a place to play his drums and music without disturbing his parents. The space has been sound-proofed - thick concrete walls, insulation, and cloth wall hangings to deaden the sound.


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