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Pirate Radio
Pirate Radio
Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Michael Hadley, Charlie Rowe
Director: Richard Curtis
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2010     1hr 56min

From the creator of Love Actually and Notting Hill comes a trip back to the freewheeling, free-loving ?60s when the very rock music that inspired a generation was censored by the government. When a group of rebellious deej...  more »


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Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost, Michael Hadley, Charlie Rowe
Director: Richard Curtis
Creators: Richard Curtis, Debra Hayward, Emma Freud, Eric Fellner, Hilary Bevan Jones, Liza Chasin
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/13/2010
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 1hr 56min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Nina E.
Reviewed on 12/24/2014...
This is a comedy classic at our home. Inventive & based on a true story. A keeper with a very impressive cast, cameos galore...get this and decide exactly how much you love it. bootleg stations - clandestine stations - GREAT MUSIC - A period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960s. The British Parliament and LOVE.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 8/12/2014...
I am only giving this film five stars because I am completely crazy about rock'n'roll music - if I were a more objective reviewer I would probably give it 3.5 stars (without outtakes) or 4 (with outtakes).

That said, if you are a hardcore fan of 20th century guitar music (and a bit nerdy about the 1960s), you will probably adore this film! It truly captures the wild, irreverent spirit of rock music and the attitude that went with it back in the '60s, and was clearly made by flag-waving rock'n'roll lunatics who have huge record collections.

Make sure to watch all of the outtakes included on the DVD, as much of the best material is contained there; I personally cannot wait for a director's cut of this film. The Beatles scene outside Abbey Road actually made me cry (can you tell how much I love the Beatles?!).

There was once a time when Herman's Hermits were considered by some people to rival The Beatles, and this movie will remind you of that fact in a hilarious way. If you ever wondered what it was like to be married for only 72 hours, you'll get to find out! You'll also get to enjoy Rhys Ifans slinking about in true rock star style, sexy and charismatic as the real thing (also check him out in Oasis's music video The Importance of Being Idle, if you liked him in this - and did you know he has his own rock band? Look up "Stonefinger" by The Peth).

The more you appreciate music, the more you will laugh, and the more this film will touch your heart. If you have ever used music to make good times better, to make bad times bearable, to heal an aching and broken heart, or to remind you why life is worth living, you will have a fabulous time with this film!
Lisa D. (lisad)
Reviewed on 6/13/2013...
When I first started watching this, I didn't think I would like it. But, I continued. And, I am glad I did. It got better and better as the movie went on.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Reviewed on 6/19/2011...
Don't miss the out takes as these are the best part of the CD.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Captures The Essence Of The Era Perfectly
Katrina-UK | Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom | 04/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film has just come out in the UK. For once, we (in the UK) got this film released here first. Its usually the other way round! Absolutely loved this film from beginning to end. It captures the essence of that era perfectly, and it is a film I could watch again and again. The whole cast's acting was superb throughout. My biggest surprise came from Rhys Ifans who portrayed the sex god DJ Gavin fantastically. What a sexy voice for the radio - shame I can't mention one DJ on air at the moment who sounds the same...!

Unfortunately, I myself, was born in 1979, so wasn't around in that decade. However I took my mum to see this film as she was 21yrs old in 1966. She remembers listening to the pirate radio station in the middle of the North Sea, and remembers all the political controversy surrounding it. She thought it was a great film too.

If you appreciate the best music of all time, proper rock n roll from the 60's/70's, then you will love this film. It's a real feel good movie that you will appreciate if you ever wished you had lived through that era, or you were lucky enough to experience it first hand."
J. Erin Dugan | Santa Cruz, CA | 04/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just got back from London Apr. 14th and saw this over there. It was great!! Great cast, great music and great fun. Everyone in mmmmy gggeneration should see it, you'll be sorry if you don't."
Loved it...laugh out loud fun
Mary G. Longorio | Eagle Mountain, UT | 11/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Pirate Radio sports a stellar cast including
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Tom Sturridge, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Emma Thompson (all too brief appearance)and Kenneth Branagh. When rock and roll exploded in the UK, the government and radio stations banned play over the airways. Rogue radio stations broadcast from ships offshore. Pirate Radio captures the exuberance and the bigger than life radio personalities that emerged with the new culture. Rated R for profanity and sexual situations, this film is full of laughs and any weaknesses are compensated for with an awesome soundtrack. Great way to spend an evening.