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The Boat That Rocked

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The Boat That Rocked

Richard Curtis (2009)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Writer/director Richard Curtis finds himself all at sea with this tribute to the offshore 1960s pirate radio stations that changed the way Britain listened to music. The golden-oldie hits come thick and fast, much like the loose vignettes passed off as plot in this tale of the good ship Radio Rock. The main thrust follows a wayward teenager (Tom Sturridge) who is sent aboard to find direction in his life, and along the way loses his virginity and learns which of the resident superstar DJs is his father. Other narrative threads add little to the excessive running time, with the dolly-bird craziness seeming daft even by Swinging Sixties standards. There's a decent cast though, including an amiably louche Bill Nighy as the station boss and Kenneth Branagh as the uptight MP trying to ban the broadcasts. It's just a shame that nominal star Philip Seymour Hoffman has so little to do as "god of the airwaves" The Count. Those who secretly tuned in their transistors back in the day will view Curtis's unfocused film as a missed opportunity. Everyone else will wonder what all the fuss was about.


A host of eclectic DJs entertain 1960s Britain through a pirate radio station, broadcasting from a vessel in the North Sea. However, a high-ranking government official is determined to bring an end to the rogue outfit and the individuals responsible for its continued existence. Richard Curtis's comedy, starring Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh and Nick Frost.

Cast & Crew

The Count Philip Seymour Hoffman
Quentin Bill Nighy
Gavin Kavanagh Rhys Ifans
Dave Nick Frost
Sir Alistair Dormandy Kenneth Branagh
Carl Tom Sturridge
Simon Chris O'Dowd
Angus Rhys Darby
Felicity Katherine Parkinson
Marianne Talulah Riley
Elenore January Jones
Mark Tom Wisdom
Desiree Gemma Arterton
Bob Ralph Brown (2)
Twatt Jack Davenport
Mr Roberts Michael Hadley (2)
Charlotte, Carl's mum Emma Thompson
"News" John Mayford Will Adamsdale
Thick Kevin Tom Brooke
Director Richard Curtis
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Universal Guidance: Swearing, nudity, sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 27 Mar 2009

Comedy Drama

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