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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:
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They rocked. They rolled. Then they sank. 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 (UK) (3 April 2009)


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

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene in which Young Carl sulks about Marianne was originally supposed to be about eight seconds long and contain nothing but Tom Sturridge sitting on a bench and looking sad. Will Adamsdale and Ike Hamilton happened to be there, so Richard Curtis told them to have a go at what they would have done if their friend was in the same situation. He put on 'So Long, Marianne' and they came up with everything that remains in the scene. See more »


Although set in 1966, many of the songs in the soundtrack were released later in the 1960s. At least two songs are from the early 1970s. 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

There is an additional scene after the credits have ended. See more »


References The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) See more »


from "Nimrod (Variation IX)" (1898-9)
from "Enigma Variations"
Written by Edward Elgar (as Sir Edward Elgar)
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
Conducted by Andy Brown
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User Reviews

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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