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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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They rocked. They rolled. Then they sank. 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)

Gross:

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

The ship used for filming was the MV Timor Challenger, and much filming, both day and night scenes, was done in Portland Harbour (venue for the 2012 Olympics sailing) near Weymouth. The red paint scheme was based on that of the MV Ross Revenge, which was the Radio Caroline pirate ship from 1983-91, and is nowadays maintained as a museum by volunteer enthusiasts, who assisted with several aspects of the film, including loaning many of the broadcasting and ship props. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, two characters are speaking in one compartment of the ship. Lights hanging from the ceiling are noticeably rocking, because of the motion of the ship in large waves. The two characters move to an adjacent compartment of the ship, in which a rousing game of foosball is underway. Presumably, a game of foosball on a ship rocking in a heavy seaway would be futile. See more »

Quotes

The Count: This was the deal: I asked all of you to demand of me to do a very foolish thing, and you sent in ideas in their millions. But one idea has defeated them all, so I'm proud to announce I will soon be the first person to say the "F" word on rock 'n' roll radio in the United Kingdom of Great Britain. But my aim is not to offend, it is to entertain. But also, perhaps, to educate a little. Cuz if you shoot a bullet, someone dies. When you drop a bomb, many die. You hit a woman, love dies. But... if ...
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References The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) See more »

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Adagio
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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A film that rocks
7 August 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

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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