Pirate Radio movie synopsis: Inspired by the British pirate radio revolution in the '60s, the majority of the film's shoot will take place in a large rusty metal fishing trawler moored off the coast of England in the very waters that kept the rock of the '60s booming into the U.K.
The Boat That Rocked 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.Leading the cast are Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Count, a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Bill Nighy as 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; Rhys Ifans as Gavin, the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Nick Frost as Dave, an ironic, intelligent and cruelly funny co-broadcaster; and Kenneth Branagh (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Hamlet) as British Minister Dormandy, a fearsome government official out for blood against the drug takers and lawbreakers of a once-great nation.
Box Office: The film's British box office revenues in its first 12 weeks of release were £6.1 million, less than a quarter of its production cost (£30 million).
The film was released in the United States with a different title (Pirate Radio), and a radically-different marketing angle. However the film earned less than $US3 million in its first weekend (in a mid-scale release of 882 screens as opposed of 3,404 screens for 2012 and 3,683 screens for A Christmas Carol) and suffered a stiff 49.7% drop-off on its second weekend - earning only $US1.46 million.
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