Find Your Next Favorite Book
Save up to $20
Our Money-Back Guarantee

Pirate Radio ()

directed by
featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, January Jones

In mid- to late-'60s Britain, an unusual yet colorful subculture sprang up and thrived as a product of the upswing in British pop music, only to meet its doom within a few short years. Though the BBC functioned as the country's main source of news and music, its programmers offered very little airtime to rock & roll -- which left an overwhelming need unfulfilled. In response, small bands of "pirate" radio enthusiasts set up broadcasting towers on boats just outside of English boundary waters, and transmitted signals to an estimated 25 million listeners, 24 hours a day and seven days per week. Unsurprisingly, the DJs who took charge of these broadcasts could rival just about anyone in terms of flamboyance and outsized personalities. With Pirate Radio (released as The Boat That Rocked in the U.K.), writer-director Richard Curtis (Love Actually) travels back to the Swinging Sixties and takes a headfirst plunge into this colorful realm.The story opens in 1966, aboard a rusty fishing trawler christened Radio Rock and equipped with pirate broadcasting equipment. Here, the slightly daft elitist Quentin (Bill Nighy) presides over a motley crew of joint-toking, sex-hungry disc jockeys including Dave (Nick Frost), a heavyset boob who nevertheless considers himself a hot property with women and loves to chase skirts; "The Count" (Philip Seymour Hoffman), an American DJ who aspires to be the first person to drop an F-bomb over the British airwaves; the gloom-laden Irishman Simon (Chris O'Dowd); bonked-out hipster Thick Kevin (Tom Brooke); womanizer Mark (Tom Wisdom); Angus (Rhys Darby), a New Zealander whom nobody likes; and the only female member of the group, lesbian cook Felicity (Katherine Parkinson). These misfits pull off quite a show -- enough of one that they attain the status of national idols for the youth culture -- but the super-conservative government minister Dormandy (Kenneth Branagh) detests the whole business and will do almost anything in his power to shut them down. Nathan Southern, Rovi Hide synopsis

Find your copy

Buy it from  $0.99
Buy new from  $2.94
Change currency

Reviews of Pirate Radio

Overall customer rating: 5.000
Prue

TAKE ME BACK

by Prue on Apr 14, 2011

Pirate Radio took me back to that lovely feeling of youth-freedom. Anyone should watch it......55 & over......protesters......60's era nostalgia!!! Do It!!!

arv9y

surprised to love it

by arv9y on May 10, 2010

Let me say right off that I do not much care for Phillip Seymore Hoffman, tho that may be heresy to some of you. Nevetheless, I absolutely loved this movie and him in it. Truthfully, I laughed, I cried and I cheered and applauded, alone in my living room. That's how much I liked it. The music is GREAT, the acting is wonderful, the humor is both dry and broad, and it makes you feel good at the end. If you love rock and roll, you will love this movie!!

Read more...
Love it or hate it? Review it now

Discussions about Pirate Radio

Start a new discussion
  1. What's on your mind? Review post guidelines

Join Today!

Share your ideas with other community members

Create account

Already a member?

Log in now

Get $300 in coupons and other goodies. Sign up for newsletter No, thank you.

You're signed up (and we you). Watch for our Welcome e-mail and your first coupon. Thanks!