• Pirate Radio (2009)

Pirate Radio

Release Date: November 13th, 2009

DVD Release Date: April 13th, 2010

R |2 hr 9 min

Plot Summary

In 1966, BBC radio broadcasts less than an hour of pop music a day, forcing pirate DJs to take up the slack from boats anchored outside British waters. Quentin (Bill Nighy) is the commander of such a pirate station, overseeing a host of seedy, lusty and dope-smoking DJs, including the Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Dave (Nick Frost), who makes it his personal mission to see to it that Quentin's newly arrived godson (Tom Sturridge) loses his virginity.

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Sturridge, Chris O'Dowd, Tom Brooke

Director: Richard Curtis

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Working Title Films

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: 1960s, Inspiring, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 67
    Ella TaylorNPR

    What comes through is the freshness and innocence of a generation's passion for the infant rock 'n' roll. show more

  • 60
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    The real pirate radio ships, whose days ended in 1967, wound up being towed away for salvage but the film avoids that fate -- like the best rock songs -- with a rousing finish and a pleasing climax. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Richard Curtis's comedy is anchored only in exuberance, but that's more than you can say for most movies these days; it keeps you beaming with pleasure. show more

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