R | | Comedy, Drama, Music
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.
Gavin Kavanaugh (Rhys Ifans) was probably based on "Admiral" Robbie Dale, who was a long-term pirate DJ.
Thank you gentlemen, lady, strange bearded thing.
Smooth Bob gives a message for Carl to tell his mother that "Muddy Waters Rocks" and vocalizes the familiar riff from "Mannish Boy", Waters's 1955 hit song. When Carl gives this message to his mother she mistakes it for Bob revealing to Carl that he is his father, meaning the song or Waters must have reference to Carl's conception in some way. As the film is set in 1966 and Carl is 18, this would place that moment at at least 1948, long before his fame and seven years before "Mannish Boy" was released.
There is an additional scene after the credits have ended.
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.
$2,904,380 15 November 2009