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Pirate Radio (2009)
"The Boat That Rocked" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  13 November 2009 (USA)
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A period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960s.

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Storyline

"The Boat That Rocked" is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the '60s and pop music. It's about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves. The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock -- a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that's populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and a fearsome British government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation. Written by Production office

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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1 Boat. 8 DJs. No Morals. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pirate Radio  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,904,380 (USA) (13 November 2009)

Gross:

$7,994,115 (USA) (1 January 2010)
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Trivia

Rhys Ifans' character, Gavin Kavanagh, is probably based on 'Admiral' Robbie Dale, who was a long-term pirate DJ. See more »

Goofs

The ship is supposed to be anchored off the Suffolk coast, but all exterior shots clearly show that the ship does not have her anchors dropped. See more »

Quotes

Dave: So tell us Mark, now at the very end - what was your secret? How did you get all them girls?
Mark: Simple. Don't say anything at all.
'Young' Carl: Nothing?
Mark: Nothing. Then, when the tension becomes too much to bear, you finally, finally, you just say: "How about it, then?"
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to all who worked and broadcast on the pirate stations - all those wonderful years, all day and all of the night. See more »

Connections

References Dr. No (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

End of the World
(1962)
Music by Arthur Kent
Lyrics by Sylvia Dee
Performed by Skeeter Davis
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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Right Fun Time
24 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a cute flick! As a (former) film reviewer I have absolutely no desire to dissect or critique this movie. I'm just taking it at face value. It's fun, uplifting and witty. It's obvious the cast had a hell of a good time making it (even the 'bad' guys). Hoffman and Nighey are in top form. The gags are good, even when they tank. And the ending gave a surprising increase in the tension/suspense.

Really can't find anything terribly wrong with this aside from the mild sexism but it's so subtle, I hardly noticed.

I've been going through a really rough time personally and watching this cheered me. What more could you hope for?


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