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

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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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

Though the film is set in 1966, much of the music featured is anachronistic. For example, Bob carries a copy of The Incredible String Band's 'The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion', which was neither recorded nor released until 1967, and The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again", used to score a climactic scene, was not released for another 5 years. See more »

Goofs

Maxell brand tape reels of 1970s and '80s vintage can be seen in some scenes. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Sure throwing him in is the best way to get him to learn how to swim?
The Count: Absolutely.
Dave: Ok.
The Count: On second thought, it might just be for kids.
Angus: I can't touch the bottom!
The Count: Yeah, that's right. Throw a baby in, it floats. Instinctively, naturally. It's a beautiful thing. I think if you throw in an adult, doesn't work that way.
Angus: Goodbye!
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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 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Letter
(1967)
Written by Wayne Carson Thompson
Performed by The Box Tops
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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Great Movie! One of the best in years
19 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the Film of the year! No specials effects and CG and just a nice vibe to it. I found this film to be profoundly good. MUCH, MUCH better than I ever expected. Hoffman always delivers and with great UK talent. I was truly dumbfounded. Writing is good, plot is solid, Acting is fantastic, story line is great and the best movie score/soundtrack I have heard in recent history. It is fairly long but goes well with a cold one on a weekend. I hope it gets huge distribution in the US! It's a fun,uplifting, feel-good, strange and yet inspiring film. To be based on a true story and deliver this is impressive. I will tell everybody about this one. Watch it.


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