Director: Allan Moyle
Stars: Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Annie Ross
Plot: 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.
Christian Slater became physically ill several times during filming due to all the cigarette smoking he had to do.
First of three collaborations of actress Samantha Mathis and actor Christian Slater. The pair later went to to star in two other film projects together, they being Broken Arrow (1996) and FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992).
The theme song of Mark Hunter (Christian Slater)'s pirate radio station was "Everybody Knows" (1988) by 'Leonard Cohen'.
The name of the book which was borrowed from the library by Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) was "How to talk dirty and influence people" by Lenny Bruce.
During production Christian Slater had his driver's license suspended for the second time in two years over DUIs, and writer-director Allan Moyle had to retool the script accordingly. Lead character Mark Hunter doesn't drive, tells his listeners he has "no car, no license", and goes everywhere on foot. In the climactic scene his girlfriend Nora (Samantha Mathis) drives the Jeep while Mark does his last "Hard Harry" broadcast from the passenger seat.
Samantha Mathis dyed her blonde hair black for her Nora Diniro character in this movie.
First major lead role in a theatrical feature film of actress Samantha Mathis.
After his film Times Square(1980), a new wave comedy, was taken away from him and re-edited, Allan Moyle retired from directing. This was his first film after 10 years.
Christian Slater's favorite film of his own. He admitted that when he was filming, he considered it to be a goofy high school movie.