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Pirate Radio (2009)

The Boat That Rocked (original title)
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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Michael Hadley ...
Mr. Roberts
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Mrs. Roberts
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Transfer Boatman
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Ike Hamilton ...
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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  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,804,773 (UK) (5 April 2009)

Gross:

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

The album Bob grabs at the end is the 1967 record, The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion by Incredible String Band. See more »

Goofs

Gavin is wearing MYKITA Sunglasses which use a patented hinge system which was invented recently. See more »

Quotes

Simon: I think we're actually going to die.
Thick Kevin: Why?
Simon: I'll explain later.
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Connections

Featured in The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I Feel Free
(1966) (uncredited)
Music by Jack Bruce
Lyrics by Pete Brown
Performed by Cream
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1966-nostalgia, a good laugh and historically not always precise
20 April 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'The boat that rocked' is your average English comedy.

Its highly original setting, on a 1966-clandestine Sixties' pirate-radio ship, surely warms the heart of everyone around at the time -- listening in when you were supposed to sleep or to do your homework. All excitement of those long-gone days is well revived.

This 1966-nostalgia keeps you on your seat, laughing & marveling until 'Boat's very Titanic-like end; this film's love-stories also revives sweet memories of your own first encounters back then.

In spite of all this, one cannot overlook that 'Boat's storyline is pretty average & fairly predictable. Those with a good memory will also have noticed that several pop songs date from 1967, or even later than that.

I wouldn't call 'The Boat that Rocked' a great film; nevertheless it entertains from beginning to end.


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