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.
Hans Zimmer wrote the score, which consists of only one six-minute cue during the finale, without being credited as composer. He did this as a favor to Working Title, with whom he had worked during the beginning of his career in the 1980s. The score track is listed in the closing credits amongst the numerous songs used as "Sink or Swim" and Zimmer is listed, in the fine print, as the writer of this particular "song", along with Lorne Balfe.
This was the deal: I asked all of you to demand of me to do a very foolish thing, and you sent in ideas in their millions. But one idea has defeated them all, so I'm proud to announce I will soon be the first person to say the "F" word on rock 'n' ...
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.
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)