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.
The scene in which Young Carl sulks about Marianne was originally supposed to be about eight seconds long and contain nothing but Tom Sturridge sitting on a bench and looking sad. Will Adamsdale and Ike Hamilton happened to be there, so Writer and Director Richard Curtis told them to have a go at what they would have done if their friend was in the same situation. He put on 'So Long, Marianne' and they came up with everything that remains in the scene.
To all our listeners, this is what I have to say - God bless you all. And as for you bastards in charge, don't dream it's over. Years will come, years will go, and politicians will do fuck all to make the world a better place. But all over the world...
In the Christmas dinner scene, when Dave is giving his toast to Carl and the camera cuts to Quentin, a cameraman is clearly visible in the background, in the top right corner of the screen, wearing a black t-shirt, holding the camera.
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.
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.
£1,804,773 (UK) (5 April 2009)
$7,994,115 (USA) (1 January 2010)
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