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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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"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

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1 Boat. 8 DJs. No Morals. 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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13 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Pirate Radio  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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

While the historical character who was responsible for shutting down pirate radio was Tony Benn (the Postmaster General at the time), Alistair Dormandy, Kenneth Branagh's character, appears to be a synthesis of uptight and mean spirited and outdated 1950s Tory patriarchs. See more »

Goofs

Angus tells Carl about every second Saturday, where each DJ is allowed to invite one girl onto the boat. He then asks Carl who he will be inviting onto the boat, though Carl is not a DJ. Then the Count is also seen with twins, breaking the one girl rule. And Harold, the producer seen for a lot of the shows, is seen greeting a girl. See more »

Quotes

Minister Dormandy: No one likes it, apart from blind people, and I'm sure even they can sense it 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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Blake Lively/Rihanna (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Cleo's Mood
(1966)
Written by - Junior Walker (as Autry Dewalt), Harvey Fuqua, Willie Woods
Performed by Jr. Walker & The All Stars (as Junior Walker and The All Stars)
Courtesy of The Motown Record Company LP
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Delightful
12 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw it twice on my overseas trip to Egypt and twice on my way back and loved every minute of it. I mimed the songs (passengers on the plane would not have appreciated me belting out Rolling Stones and Donovan:)) and danced on my seat all the way. Philip Seymor Hoffman was a delight and quite a fantastic actor and he really had tough competition since the whole cast was exceptional. Rhys Ifans is a far cry from the skinny weirdo on Notting Hill. Bill Nighy was a bit similar to his Love Actually role, still a favorite of mine. Emma Thompson was on for a few minutes, but you cannot imagine anyone else in that role. And, you can hardly recognize Kenneth Branagh! A must see movie for young and old, especially old because it will make them feel young again. I am 57 today!!


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