"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
Rhys Ifans' character, Gavin Kavanagh, is probably based on 'Admiral' Robbie Dale, who was a long-term pirate DJ. See more »
The record 'saved' by Bob is an Incredible String Band album dating from July '67. See more »
You see, that's the whole point of being the government. If you don't like something you simply make up a new law that makes it illegal. Speaking of which, Mr...
I think we might also start working on legislation to outlaw that haircut of yours.
You don't like it, sir?
No one likes it. Apart from blind people; and I'm sure even they can sense its profound ugliness as it passes by.
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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 »
This film is about a pirate rock radio station in British North Sea in the 1960's.
I have watched several movies about British music history, and I have enjoyed none of them. So it was a pleasant surprise when I watched "The Boat That Rocked", as I find it very enjoyable.
The plot emphasises on the the character's interpersonal dynamics, their passion for music and their strive to rebel. It is a well written and well told story. Character development is excellent, each of them have different charisma and charm. They engage me throughout to the point that I feel what the characters feel. The film is very good, you have to see it to believe it.
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