Pirate Radio USA is a feature length documentary about the underground world of unlicensed radio in the USA, where people play what they want and say what they want-unless the FCC catches ... See full summary »
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This movie is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the 1960s 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 (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin (Bill Nighy), 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 (Rhys Ifans), the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave (Nick Frost), 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
Although purely fictional, this movie referenced many of the actual events surrounding pirate radio. Namely, like the pirate radio ship, the "Ross Revenge", the movie's ship is red with the station's name in white paint on the deck. Radio Caroline's ship, the Mi Amigo sank, complete with fleeing DJs unable to save the ship's vast record collection, and as in this movie's finale, its extremely high mast rose out of the sea where it stayed for many months. Also, a DJ married on a pirate radio ship as Simon does in this movie. Additionally, the DJs are seemingly composites of popular radio personalities of the time, such as Tony Blackburn (also unlucky in love in his early days à la Simon Swafford, when his rocky marriage become apparent in his radio show) and the wacky Kenny Everett has traits similar to Angus Nutsford. Dave Lee Travis, Whispering Bob Harris, American DJ Emperor Rosko, and Johnnie Walker are also seemingly portrayed in this movie. See more »
When young Karl goes to the broadcast studio to ask Bob about being his Dad, the clock on the wall reads 3:20 (AM) when he arrives. A conversation ensues during which Bob finishes one song, then introduces and starts another as he talks with Karl. But when the scene ends after several minutes, the clock still reads 3:20. See more »
No one likes it, apart from blind people, and I'm sure even they can sense it profound ugliness as it passes by.
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There is an additional scene after the credits have ended. See more »
US distributor, Universal have chosen to re-title the film as "Pirate Radio" and release it under Focus Features in US territories. This new version will be edited for length by director Richard Curtis after some European reviewers cited its 135 minute running time as a factor in its diminished success. See more »
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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