Pirate Radio

Pirate Radio

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director: Richard Curtis Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman
, Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy
, Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans
Richard Curtis

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In mid- to late-'60s Britain, an unusual yet colorful subculture sprang up and thrived as a product of the upswing in British pop music, only to meet its doom within a few short years. Though the BBC functioned as the country's main source of news and music, its programmers offered very little airtime to rock & roll -- which left an overwhelming need unfulfilled. In response, small bands of "pirate" radio enthusiasts set up broadcasting towers on boats just outside of English boundary waters, and transmitted signals to an estimated 25 million listeners, 24 hours a day and seven days per week. Unsurprisingly, the DJs who took charge of these broadcasts could rival just about anyone in terms of flamboyance and outsized personalities. With Pirate Radio (released as The Boat That Rocked in the U.K.), writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually) travels back to the Swinging Sixties and takes a headfirst plunge into this colorful realm. The story opens in 1966, aboard a rusty fishing trawler christened Radio Rock and equipped with pirate broadcasting equipment. Here, the slightly daft elitist Quentin (Bill Nighy) presides over a motley crew of joint-toking, sex-hungry disc jockeys including Dave (Nick Frost), a heavyset boob who nevertheless considers himself a hot property with women and loves to chase skirts; "The Count" (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an American DJ who aspires to be the first person to drop an F-bomb over the British airwaves; the gloom-laden Irishman Simon (Chris O'Dowd); bonked-out hipster Thick Kevin (Tom Brooke); womanizer Mark (Tom Wisdom); Angus (Rhys Darby), a New Zealander whom nobody likes; and the only female member of the group, lesbian cook Felicity (Katherine Parkinson). These misfits pull off quite a show -- enough of one that they attain the status of national idols for the youth culture -- but the super-conservative government minister Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh) detests the whole business and will do almost anything in his power to shut them down.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
UPC: 0025195052276
Original Release: 2009
Rating: R
Source: Focus Features
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 26,979

Special Features

Outrageous Deleted Scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philip Seymour Hoffman The Count
Bill Nighy Quentin
Rhys Ifans Gavin
Nick Frost Dave
Kenneth Branagh Minister Dormandy
January Jones Elenore
Tom Sturridge Carl
Jack Davenport Twatt
Ralph Brown Bob
Chris O'Dowd Simon
Tom Brooke Thick Kevin
Rhys Darby Angus
Will Adamsdale John
Katherine Parkinson Felicity
Emma Thompson Charlotte
Tom Wisdom Mark
Talulah Riley Marianne
Gemma Arterton Desiree
Ike Hamilton Harold
Olivia Llewellyn Margaret
Michael Hadley Mr. Roberts
Lucy Fleming Mrs. Roberts
Amanda Fairbank-Hynes Jemima Dormandy
Francesca Longrigg Mrs. Domrandy
Charlie Rowe James
Sinead Matthews Miss C
Stephen Moore Prime Minister
Olegar Fedorov Rock Boat Captain
David Sterne Marianne's Captain
Bo Poraj Fredericks
Michael Thomas Sandford
William Ilkley Commanding Officer
Ian Mercer Transfer Boatman
Gudmundur Audunsson Swedish Crewman
Tomas Andrisiunas Swedish Crewman
Kris Gummerus Swedish Crewman
Duncan Foster Swedish Crewman
Katie Lyons Angus' Boat Girl
Kirsty Mather John's Boat Girl
Lana Davidson Simon's T-Shirt Girl
Edward Hancock Policeman
Sarah Forster Model
Poppy Delevingne Model
Ocean Moon Model
Tuuli Shipster Model

Technical Credits
Richard Curtis Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Tim Bevan Producer
Christine Blundell Makeup
Thomas Brown Art Director
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Danny Cohen Cinematographer
Eric Fellner Producer
Emma Freud Associate Producer
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Emma E. Hickox Editor
Ben Howarth Asst. Director
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Hilary Bevan Jones Producer
Mark Tildesley Production Designer
Ronaldo Vasconcellos Co-producer
Ian Voigt Sound Mixer
Fiona Weir Casting
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pirate Radio
1. Pirates (Main Titles) [6:56]
2. One Little Word [6:09]
3. One True Love [4:40]
4. Be Quick [6:11]
5. The New Twatt [5:10]
6. The Sweetest Girl [8:46]
7. Gentle But Firm [4:21]
8. Good News [4:26]
9. The Big Day [3:19]
10. Over-Excited [4:23]
11. War Is Declared [6:10]
12. Fun In The Sun [4:55]
13. News Flash [4:26]
14. That Old Chestnut [5:04]
15. Pretty Big News [2:53]
16. Live For Music [5:35]
17. Radio Rock D-Day [6:09]
18. The Full Titanic [7:17]
19. We Heard You [5:11]
20. Rock & Roll! (End Titles) [6:34]

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