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Pirate Radio (2009)

The Boat That Rocked (original title)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hadley ...
Mr. Roberts
Mrs. Roberts
Transfer Boatman
Will Adamsdale ...
Ike Hamilton ...
Stephen Moore ...
Prime Minister


"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


On air. Off shore. Out of control. See more »


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


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,804,773 (United Kingdom), 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,904,380, 15 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,994,115, 1 January 2010
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hoffman plays Lester Bangs in Almost Famous as a music expert See more »


Early in the film, during the trivia game, one of the characters guesses "Jimi Hendrix," though this is set in 1966. Jimi Hendrix moved to England in mid-1966, but didn't release his first single until 1967, which is when his fame began. See more »


Gavin Cavanagh: Now it's just you and me, and I'm looking right up your skirt.
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in After Hours: Formed a Band (2015) See more »


Sink or Swim
Written by Hans Zimmer and Lorne Balfe
Performed by Z. (as Z)
Courtesy of Remote Central Publishing
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the film that rocked
16 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

I have been wanting to see this movie since I saw the trailer for the very first time. Today I finally got the opportunity. The plot sounded interesting and I was hoping to see a comedy that wasn't as predictable and forced romantic as a lot of comedies are. I wasn't disappointed. Sure, this isn't the most profound story ever told, but I wanted to have fun, and this movie definitely gave it to me. Another bonus is the great soundtrack, which carries the whole movie. After leaving the cinema you will want to listen to the songs featured in this film, just so you can enjoy the feeling of it a little longer. This film is funny from the beginning to the end, and there were moments when I couldn't stop laughing. If you want to see a feel-good movie with a plot that was, at least as far as I know, not used before, than this is the right film for you.

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