Pirate Radio (2009)

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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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16 April 2009 | big_bea
7
| the film that rocked
I have been wanting to see this movie since I saw the trailer for the very first time. Today I finally got the opportunity. The plot sounded interesting and I was hoping to see a comedy that wasn't as predictable and forced romantic as a lot of comedies are. I wasn't disappointed. Sure, this isn't the most profound story ever told, but I wanted to have fun, and this movie definitely gave it to me. Another bonus is the great soundtrack, which carries the whole movie. After leaving the cinema you will want to listen to the songs featured in this film, just so you can enjoy the feeling of it a little longer. This film is funny from the beginning to the end, and there were moments when I couldn't stop laughing. If you want to see a feel-good movie with a plot that was, at least as far as I know, not used before, than this is the right film for you.

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Trivia

The ship used for filming was the MV Timor Challenger, and much filming, both day and night scenes, was done in Portland Harbour (venue for the 2012 Olympics sailing) near Weymouth. The red paint scheme was based on that of the MV Ross Revenge, which was the Radio Caroline pirate ship from 1983 to 1991, and is nowadays maintained as a museum by volunteer enthusiasts, who assisted with several aspects of the movie, including loaning many of the broadcasting and ship props.


Quotes

Quentin: I can see your nuts, Nutsford.


Goofs

In one scene, two characters are speaking in one compartment of the ship. Lights hanging from the ceiling are noticeably rocking, because of the motion of the ship in large waves. The two characters move to an adjacent compartment of the ship, in which a rousing game of foosball is underway. Presumably, a game of foosball on a ship rocking in a heavy seaway would be futile.


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.


Alternate Versions

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.


Soundtracks

Lazy Sunday
(1968) (uncredited)
Written by
Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott
Performed by Small Faces (as The Small Faces)

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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