The Boat That Rocked, aka Pirate Radio, is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the ‘60s and pop music. It’s about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz. The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin, the boss of Radio Rock — a pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea that’s populated by an eclectic crew of rock and roll DJs; Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and a fearsome British government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation. —IMDb
Best known as the screenwriter of the popular British romantic comedies “Four Weddings and A Funeral” (1994) and “Notting Hill” (1999), Richard Curtis has also worked with some of England’s finest comedians and biggest stars, his most frequent collaborator being fellow Oxford alumnus Rowan Atkinson. A New Zealander by birth who lived in various locales due to his father’s business commitments, Curtis attended Oxford University’s Christ Church College, where he majored in English and met graduate student Atkinson. The two quickly became creative partners, leading to a hit performance at 1979’s Edinburgh Festival that brought the pair notice and an offer for the BBC-2 series “Not the Nine O’Clock News”. Written by Curtis and Atkinson and starring Atkinson alongside a cast including future director Mel Smith, this irreverent and influential sketch comedy program ran from 1979 to 1982. In 1983, Curtis and Atkinson teamed up to write the 15th Century set comedy “The Black Adder”, starring… read more
teenagers' dream. the funny thing is, at the most dramatic moment, Elgar's Nimrod used in the movie (and the other one has A Whiter Shade of Pale -inspired by Bach). it could be better with "chicken race" and "titanic" sequences but in this case it's just little, saucy popcorn movie. great finale for poor movie. different parts. rocky freeze frame ending. Rhys Ifans played Tom Petty.
Sympathique et vivifiante, cette évocation d’une belle camaraderie avec sa chouette galerie de portraits finit par être un peu longue à force d’être potache. Reste la musique, une belle brochette d… read review
The Boat That Rocked (aka Pirate Radio) shows, if nothing else, writer/director Richard Curtis’s strength with dialogue and actors. The movie is at its best on an episodic scale… read review
First off, I should say that this is not a film full of plot twists and turns, evolving story or anything like that. You’re basically hanging out and having a good time with some awesome characters… read review