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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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"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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Release Date:

13 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pirate Radio  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,804,773 (UK) (3 April 2009)

Gross:

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

Although the stuffy, pompous, reactionary Alastair Dormandy appears to be a synthesis of Tory politicians from this era (though it isn't stated which party he belongs to), the 1967 Marine Broadcasting Offences Act outlawing pirate radio was introduced under Harold Wilson's Labour government and the person chiefly responsible for its introduction was the famous socialist politician Tony Benn, who was Postmaster General from 1964-1966. See more »

Goofs

Two disk jockeys cavorting on the antenna mast of a 24 hour radio station would have been subject to radio frequency energy burns on the skin, especially if the whole mast was used to transmit. See more »

Quotes

Thick Kevin: It's type of bird, but it's wearing a hat. Not so much a hat. Something that's at the top of a coat and attached to the coat and covers the head, but is not a hat.
'Young' Carl: A hood?
Thick Kevin: Yes, and now the first name, type of bird. It's a something hood.
'Young' Carl: Robin Hood! Why didn't you just say he lived in Sherwood Forest and has a bow and an arrow?
Thick Kevin: Yeah? What? Who are you talking about?
'Young' Carl: Robin Hood.
Thick Kevin: I didn't know that.
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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

La Resa Dei Conti
(1965)
From For a Few Dollars More (1965) - For a Few Dollars More
Written by Ennio Morricone
Performed by Ennio Morricone
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing Italia Srl
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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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