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

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.


Quotes

The Count: 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' ...


Goofs

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.


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

98.6
(1967)
Written by
George Fischoff, Anthony Powers
Performed by The Bystanders
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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