MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 352 this week

Pirate Radio (2009)
"The Boat That Rocked" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  13 November 2009 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 81,813 users   Metascore: 58/100
Reviews: 200 user | 191 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

A period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960s.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 26 Apr 2011
 
a list of 40 titles
created 03 Aug 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 08 Nov 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 16 Apr 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 27 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Pirate Radio" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Pirate Radio (2009)

Pirate Radio (2009) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Pirate Radio.

User Polls

1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Will Adamsdale ...
...
...
...
Dave
...
...
Simon
Ike Hamilton ...
Stephen Moore ...
Edit

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

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)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| | (as dts)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

In one scene Quentin goes to young Karl's cabin to tell him his (Karl's) mother is coming on board to visit. It's apparent in the shots of Quentin the ship is rocking, but in the shots of young Karl you can see the horizon through the porthole behind him, and it's not moving. This should be noticeable if the ship's rocking as obviously as it is in the shots of Quentin. See more »

Quotes

The Count: You know, a few months ago, I made a terrible mistake. I realized something, and instead of crushing the thought the moment it came I... I let it hang on, and now I know it to be true. And I'm afraid it's stuck in my head forever. These are the best days of our lives. It's a terrible thing to know, but I know it.
See more »

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

Featured in Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Hang on Sloopy
(1965)
Written by Bert Berns and Wes Farrell
Performed by The McCoys
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
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.


14 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where are the Beatles? practicalhope
I really enjoyed this movie...until... onepimptiger
folks in the 60s weren't nostalgic for the 60s wilbrifar
Stuff taken out for US release JimF29
Crew?! northern_lad
What album does Carl's Dad Save? jaytosh522
Discuss Pirate Radio (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?