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Pirate Radio (2009)

The Boat That Rocked (original title)
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Pirate Radio is a movie starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, and Nick Frost. 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 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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Budget:

$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

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

While most of the record labels are accurate for the period, the film shows A&M and Capitol LPs with label designs that weren't used until the 1970's. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
The Count: I am The Count, and I'm counting you in as we count down to ecstasy and rock.
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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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Blake Lively/Rihanna (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

End of the World
(1962)
Music by Arthur Kent
Lyrics by Sylvia Dee
Performed by Skeeter Davis
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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It Rocked Indeed.
24 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

I have to say, that this is by far the most inspirational film I've seen to date. To feel the emotion, to care about the cause, to loath the oppression. Just the idea, that few can make a difference in this dark, depressing situation. it gives hope, it gives emotion, it gives life, but only if you can truly see it for what it is. It was an incredible tale, with many aspects of human flaws, and human greatness. We all have to believe we can make a difference, rather then blindly ignore the real problems. But if ignorance is your bliss, then sadly evolution as individual, is not.

Music is Love, Peace.


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