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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hadley ... Mr. Roberts
... James
... Mrs. Roberts
... The Count
... Carl
... Transfer Boatman
... Quentin
Will Adamsdale ... News John
... Thick Kevin
... Angus Nutsford
... Dave
... Felicity
... Simon
Ike Hamilton ... Harold
Stephen Moore ... Prime Minister
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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  »

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Box Office

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,804,773 (United Kingdom), 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,904,380, 15 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,994,115, 1 January 2010
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Trivia

Scenes were filmed with James Corden as a rival DJ sabotaged by the Radio Rock crew. These were cut from the film but are available as deleted scenes included on most home video releases. See more »

Goofs

During the Christmas dinner scene when Dave gives a toast to Carl, the camera cuts away to show Quentin and the focus puller and cameraman are visible on the right hand of the screen. See more »

Quotes

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

There is an additional scene after the credits have ended. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Kevin Bishop Show: Episode #2.4 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wind Cries Mary
(1967)
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Performed by Jimi Hendrix
Courtesy of Experience Hendrix LLC/MCA Records Inc
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Delightful
12 August 2009 | by 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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