The Boat That Rocked (2009) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
7.4/ 10 (58768 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity

Production Company
Medienproduktion Prometheus Filmgesellschaft [de] - (in association with) (as Medienproduktion Prometheus Filmgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG)
Portobello Studios [gb] - (in association with)
Studio Canal [fr] - (in association with) (as StudioCanal)
Tightrope Pictures [gb] - (in association with)
Universal Pictures [us] - (presents)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Ireland) - 1 April 2009
(UK) - 1 April 2009
(Australia) - 9 April 2009
(New Zealand) - 9 April 2009
(Denmark) - 16 April 2009

Running Time

1 Boat. 8 DJs. No Morals. They rocked. They rolled. Then they sank. On air. Off shore. Out of control.

1960s, air-guitar, american, boat, british-comedy, broadcasting, camaraderie, christmas, conservatism, dancing, debauchery, disc-jockey, distress-signal, drinking-game, drug-abuse, drunken-santa, drunkenness, eccentric, family-dinner, father-son-relationship, female-nudity, fishing-boat, friendship, game-of-chicken, godfather-godson-relationship,

Technical Support
CAM:Arricam LT, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
CAM:Arriflex 435, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
LAB:DeLuxe, London, UK
LAB:Framestore CFC, London, UK - (digital intermediate)
MET:3698 m - (Sweden)
MET:3726 m - (Portugal, 35 mm)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak Vision2 250D 5205, Vision2 500T 5218)
PCS:Digital Intermediate - (master format)
PCS:Super 35 - (source format)
PFM:35 mm - (anamorphic)
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Adamsdale, Will as [News John] <8>
  2. Andrisiunas, Tomas as [Swedish Crewman] <43>
  3. Auðunsson, Guðmundur as (as Gudmundur Audunsson) [Swedish Crewman] <44>
  4. Branagh, Kenneth as [Sir Alistair Dormandy] <16>
  5. Brooke, Tom (III) as [Thick Kevin] <9>
  6. Brown, Ralph (I) as [Bob] <23>
  7. Darby, Rhys as [Angus] <10>
  8. Davenport, Jack as [Twatt] <22>
  9. Fedoro, Olegar as [Rock Boat Captain] <26>
  10. Foster, Duncan (III) as [Swedish Crewman] <27>
  11. Frost, Nick (I) as [Dave] <11>
  12. Gummerus, Kristofer as (as Kris Gummerus) [Swedish Crewman] <45>
  13. Hadley, Michael (I) as [Mr. Roberts] <1>
  14. Hamilton, Ike as [Harold] <14>
  15. Hancock, Edward (II) as [Policeman] <39>
  16. Hoffman, Philip Seymour as [The Count] <4>
  17. Ifans, Rhys as [Gavin] <24>
  18. Ilkley, William as [Commanding Officer] <38>
  19. Mercer, Ian as [Transfer Boatman] <6>
  20. Moore, Stephen (I) as [Prime Minister] <15>
  21. Nighy, Bill as [Quentin] <7>
  22. O Dowd, Chris (I) as [Simon] <13>
  23. Poraj, Bohdan as (as Bo Poraj) [Fredericks] <18>
  24. Price, Tom (VI) as (uncredited)
  25. Rowe, Charlie (I) as [James] <2>
  26. Sterne, David as [Marianne's Captain] <36>
  27. Sturridge, Tom as [Carl] <5>
  28. Thomas, Michael (VII) as [Sandford] <17>
  29. Wisdom, Tom (I) as [Mark] <20>
  30. Arterton, Gemma as [Desiree] <21>
  31. Bernath, Antonia as (uncredited) [Katie, Weather Girl]
  32. Boulton, Caroline as (uncredited) [Stag Night Girl]
  33. Conboy, Elizabeth as (uncredited) [Alice]
  34. Davidson, Lana (I) as [Simon's T-Shirt Girl] <42>
  35. Delevingne, Poppy as [Model] <32>
  36. Fairbank-Hynes, Amanda as [Jemima Dormandy] <30>
  37. Fleming, Lucy as [Mrs. Roberts] <3>
  38. Fletcher, Giovanna as (uncredited) [Bridesmaid]
  39. Forster, Sarah (I) as [Model] <33>
  40. Jones, January (I) as [Elenore] <28>
  41. Linda, Sarah as (uncredited) [Model]
  42. Llewellyn, Olivia as [Margaret] <37>
  43. Longrigg, Francesca as [Mrs. Dormandy] <31>
  44. Lyons, Katie as [Angus' Boat Girl] <40>
  45. Mather, Kirsty as [John's Boat Girl] <41>
  46. Matthews, Sinead as [Miss C] <19>
  47. Moon, Ocean as [Model] <34>
  48. Parkinson, Katherine (I) as [Felicity] <12>
  49. Riley, Talulah as [Marianne] <25>
  50. Shipster, Tuuli as [Model] <35>
  51. Thompson, Emma (I) as [Charlotte] <29>
  52. Wunna, Chrissie as (uncredited) [Model]


  1. Comedy
  2. Drama
  3. Music

Full Plot

"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 wanted classical music, and nothing else, on the airwaves. 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. Production office In the mid 1960s, the BBC plays little pop music. To the ire of conservative elements of the UK government, a pirate radio station operates on a ship off the coast, capturing half the English audience. Fatherless young Carl, thrown out of school for smoking, is remanded by his elegant mother to the ship, where colorful men - and a lesbian - run the station. Every two weeks women come on board; he falls for the station manager's niece. There's a feud for DJ primacy between an expat Yank and an English god; the midnight DJ says little, the early A.M. jock rarely appears, and back on shore, a government minister is implacable. Can he sink the ship and silence rock and roll? Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 786,010 (France) (14 July 2009) AD: 766,627 (France) (7 July 2009) AD: 726,356 (France) (30 June 2009) AD: 680,138 (France) (23 June 2009) AD: 639,630 (France) (16 June 2009) AD: 527,088 (France) (2 June 2009) AD: 23,460 (Netherlands) (31 December 2009) CP: 2009 Universal Studios and Medienproduktion Prometheus Filmgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG GR: USD 7,913,976 (USA) (27 December 2009) GR: USD 7,830,004 (USA) (20 December 2009) GR: USD 7,683,890 (USA) (13 December 2009) GR: USD 7,383,803 (USA) (6 December 2009) GR: USD 6,830,855 (USA) (29 November 2009) GR: USD 2,904,380 (USA) (15 November 2009) GR: USD 7,994,115 (USA) (3 January 2009) GR: GBP 5,997,752 (UK) (3 May 2009) GR: GBP 5,799,392 (UK) (26 April 2009) GR: GBP 5,305,276 (UK) (19 April 2009) GR: GBP 3,956,251 (UK) (12 April 2009) GR: GBP 1,804,773 (UK) (5 April 2009) GR: USD 7,126,759 (France) (17 August 2009) OW: USD 2,904,380 (USA) (15 November 2009) (882 screens) OW: GBP 1,804,773 (UK) (5 April 2009) (462 screens) SD: 4 March 2008 - 18 June 2008 WG: USD 44,559 (USA) (3 January 2010) (111 screens) WG: USD 32,266 (USA) (27 December 2009) (113 screens) WG: USD 59,210 (USA) (20 December 2009) (242 screens) WG: USD 174,293 (USA) (13 December 2009) (242 screens) WG: USD 333,475 (USA) (6 December 2009) (285 screens) WG: USD 989,260 (USA) (29 November 2009) (478 screens) WG: USD 2,904,380 (USA) (15 November 2009) (882 screens) WG: GBP 69,612 (UK) (3 May 2009) (107 screens) WG: GBP 249,823 (UK) (26 April 2009) (325 screens) WG: GBP 498,838 (UK) (19 April 2009) (439 screens) WG: GBP 965,390 (UK) (12 April 2009) (460 screens) WG: GBP 1,804,773 (UK) (5 April 2009) (462 screens)

Movie Certificate

R (USA)(certificate #45019)
15A (Ireland)
K-11 (Finland)
12 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
12 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
12 (Germany)
12 (Netherlands)
7 (Norway)
7 (Sweden)
NC-16 (Singapore)(cut)
U (France)
15 (UK)
18 (South Korea)
M/12 (Portugal)
M (New Zealand)
M (Australia)
PG12 (Japan)
13 (Argentina)
PG (Canada)(British Columbia)
14A (Canada)(Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario)
G (Canada)(Quebec)

Music Composers

  1. Zimmer, Hans (uncredited)


  1. Cohen, Danny (II) (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Johnston, Joanna


Alliance Films [ca] - (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
Bontonfilm [cz] - (2009) (Czech Republic) (theatrical) (subtitled)
Film1 [nl] - (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
Finnkino [fi] - (2009) (Finland) (theatrical)
Focus Features [us] - (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
Lusomundo Audiovisuais [pt] - (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
SPI International [sk] - (2009) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
Studio Canal [fr] - (2009) (France) (theatrical)
Studio Canal [fr] - (2009) (France) (DVD)
Studio Canal [fr] - (2009) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Toho-Towa [jp] - (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [dk] - (2009) (Denmark) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [se] - (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [sg] - (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
Universal Home Entertainment [gb] - (2009) (UK) (DVD)
Universal Home Entertainment [gb] - (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Universal Home Video [br] - (2010) (Brazil) (DVD)
Universal Pictures Benelux [nl] - (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Universal Pictures Benelux [nl] - (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Universal Pictures Finland Oy [fi] - (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Universal Pictures International (UPI) [de] - (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
Universal Pictures International (UPI) [gb] - (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
Universal Pictures International (UPI) [nl] - (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Universal Pictures Nordic [se] - (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
Universal Pictures Nordic [se] - (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Universal Pictures [de] - (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
Universal Studios Home Entertainment [us] - (2010) (USA) (DVD)
Universal Studios Home Entertainment [us] - (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

Film Editors

  1. Hickox, Emma E. (film editor)


  1. Ahmed, Sabbir (II) (trainee assistant accountant)
  2. Amis, Tash (assistant: Angela Morrison, Working Title)
  3. Anderson-Hanney, Phil (marine supervisor)
  4. Angeloudes, Christina (legal and business affairs manager: Working Title)
  5. Arnold, Dan (IV) (craft services: Natural Addiction Ltd)
  6. Atkinson, Ruth (I) (script supervisor: second unit)
  7. Ayub, Ameenah (clearance assistant)
  8. Bailey, Clint (dive supervisor)
  9. Bailey, Daren (marine co-ordinator: second unit)
  10. Bailey, Kate (I) (assistant production co-ordinator)
  11. Baldwin, Fiona (marine assistant)
  12. Ballard, Roland (assistant production co-ordinator)
  13. Bardsley, Peter (location assistant) (as Pete Bardsley)
  14. Bean, Tony (marine supervisor)
  15. Belcastro, Shannon (assistant choreographer) (as Shannon Belacastro)
  16. Bennett, Danielle (I) (set production assistant)
  17. Benson, Nick (VIII) (boat crew)
  18. Birmingham, Lottie (additional floor runner: dailies)
  19. Bixler, Litza (choreographer)
  20. Blake, Nick (VI) (production assistant)
  21. Blyth, David (II) (floor runner: dailies) (uncredited)
  22. Bolton, Jamie (assets administrator)
  23. Boyd, Matthew (III) (stand-in)
  24. Butterworth, Bruce (marine engineer)
  25. Chapman, Helen (III) (stand-in)
  26. Charlton, Gavin (chef) (uncredited)
  27. Chawko, Irene (additional script supervisor)
  28. Clark, Sarah (I) (unit publicist)
  29. Coghlan, Diarmuid (assistant accountant)
  30. Coombes, Charlie (crowd runner) (uncredited)
  31. Creed, Ian (marine co-coordinator)
  32. Cullinane, Barry (chef: Mobile Mouthful)
  33. Cunningham, Nick (I) (assistant choreographer)
  34. de Villiers, Cherise (assistant: Richard Curtis) (as Cherise De Villiers)
  35. Dhansey, Nazmeen (trainee assistant accountant) (as Naz Dhansey)
  36. Dorigan, Chloe (assistant: Tim Bevan, Working Title) (as Chloé Dorigan)
  37. Dunn, Piers (assistant location manager: London)
  38. Dyer, Mark (I) (diver)
  39. Easthill, Timothy (financial controller: Working Title) (as Tim Easthill)
  40. Evans, Ian (III) (pilot: aerial unit)
  41. Ferris, Neil (I) (floor runner: dailies) (uncredited)
  42. Freud, Emma (script editor)
  43. Fullen, Eamon (diver)
  44. Gaffney, Ciara (continuity trainee: FT2)
  45. Georgiou, Alex (I) (marine safety)
  46. Granger, Amelia (development executive: Working Title)
  47. Harper, Tarn (post production accountant)
  48. Harvey, Philip (II) (utility stand-in) (uncredited)
  49. Hay, Paul (III) (aerial unit) (uncredited)
  50. Heath, John (VI) (marine surveyor)
  51. Higgs, Xara (production assistant)
  52. Hillsdon, Dan (first assistant accountant)
  53. Hockley, Nigel (boat crew)
  54. Hole, Bob (production assistant: Bill Nighy)
  55. Houston, Jonathan (assistant production co-ordinator: Working Title)
  56. Hurrell, Mick (health and safety advisor)
  57. Johnson, Carrie (I) (unit nurse)
  58. Johnstone, Michael (I) (craft services: Natural Addiction Ltd)
  59. Kellock, Janet (continuity assistant)
  60. Kennedy, Paul (XVI) (marine safety)
  61. Kerr, Mary (II) (daily floor runner) (uncredited)
  62. King, Tamara (II) (base production assistant)
  63. Kramer, Daniel (IV) (photo: "Highway 61 Revisited" album cover copyrighted by)
  64. Leakey, Deborah (payroll accountant) (as Debbie Leakey)
  65. Leech, Hugh (chef: Mobile Mouthful)
  66. Lynch, Ann (I) (executive co-ordinator: Working Title)
  67. Lyon, Hayley (cashier)
  68. Mackenzie, Iain (II) (production assistant) (as Iain MacKenzie)
  69. Manlove, Richard (stand-in)
  70. Manning, Duncan (chef: Mobile Mouthful)
  71. McDougall, Sarah (I) (assistant: Richard Curtis)
  72. McGeachan, Suzanne (script supervisor: second unit)
  73. McHugh, Peter (IV) (diver)
  74. Mckenna, Gráinne (vice president of legal and business affairs: Working Title) (as Gráinne McKenna)
  75. Mead, Sammy (chef: Mobile Mouthful)
  76. Milton, Natalie (assistant: Emma Freud) (uncredited)
  77. Morrison, Angela (chief operating officer: Working Title)
  78. Mudford, Dan (behind-the-scenes footage)
  79. Murphy, Lee (III) (marine supervisor)
  80. Myers, Bryony (craft services: Natural Addiction Ltd)
  81. Nash, Tom (VI) (assistant: Hilary Bevan Jones)
  82. Noakes, Clive (laboratory contact)
  83. Palmer, Lance (I) (dive supervisor)
  84. Paterakis, Alex (floor runner: dailies) (uncredited)
  85. Payne-James, Alistair (additional set production assistant: Portland)
  86. Rambaud, Quentin (french adaptation: original subtitled version) (uncredited)
  87. Rees, Norman Campbell (stand-in: Jack Davenport) (uncredited)
  88. Revell, John (III) (technical advisor: radio & dj)
  89. Richards, Adam (I) (location manager)
  90. Rust, Nick (marine safety)
  91. Saleyron, Sophie (press attache: France) (uncredited)
  92. Shah, Sheeraz (head of legal and business affairs: Working Title)
  93. Shearer, Suzie (production co-ordinator)
  94. Shine, Cara (assistant: Eric Fellner, Working Title)
  95. Shore, Garry (diver)
  96. Sigsgaard, Cassandra (clearances co-ordinator)
  97. Simons, Hannah (script supervisor: second unit)
  98. Smith, Barney (IV) (chef: Mobile Mouthful) (as Barny Smith)
  99. Smith, Michael T. (IV) (runner) (uncredited)
  100. Smith, Simon (XIX) (diver)
  101. Stein, Vaughn (crowd production assistant)
  102. Stickland, Jonjo (marine safety)
  103. Stone, Mike (XVIII) (boat crew)
  104. Sutcliffe, Harriet (assistant location manager: Portland)
  105. Swain, Neil (I) (dialect coach: pre-production) (uncredited)
  106. Targett, Peter (boat crew)
  107. Thomas, Emma (II) (script supervisor)
  108. Thorpe, Michael (VI) (marine supervisor)
  109. Trow, Nikki (assistant choreographer)
  110. Tuersley, Joshua (marine safety)
  111. Turner, John William (clearance assistant) (as John Turner)
  112. Vincent, Jean-Pierre (I) (press attache: France) (uncredited)
  113. Wainwright, Lucy (legal and business affairs executive: Working Title)
  114. Waterson, Robin (craft services: Natural Addiction Ltd)
  115. Weldon, Sarah (II) (dive assistant) (uncredited)
  116. Whitty, Dan (assistant location manager) (uncredited)
  117. Wilby, Polly (post production assistant accountant)
  118. Wild, Richard (II) (weather consultant) (uncredited)
  119. Wiltshire, Ned (marine supervisor)
  120. Woods, Gavin (chef: Mobile Mouthful)
  121. Woods, Nathan (I) (financial controller)
  122. Wright, Sarah Jane (production executive: Working Title) (as Sarah-Jane Robinson)
  123. Yiokoumi, Jack (chef: Mobile Mouthful)


Mark: So, how 'bout it then? Minister Dormandy: [referring to Radio Rock] We have their testicles in our hands, Twatt, and it feels good. Angus: She likes the bearded man... Dave: With a tiny knob... Angus: 'How about it?' How about this? Try and fuck your way out of this one Mark! Simon: I believe the technical term is a *fuckload* of boats! Harold: [the crew has decided to stay on the ship and keep broadcasting having nowhere else to go, Harold is the last one left] I *do* have somewhere else to go [pause as crew looks at him. Quentin gives an "alright" shrug] But it's Peckham so I'm staying [all start backslapping and saluting] Thick Kevin: I find alcohol rather sharpens my mind... The Count: Arrhh, Jesus, I don't even like Simon! Fucking cry-baby! [repeated line] Minister Dormandy: Arse! Quentin: So... expelled? 'Young' Carl: That's right. Quentin: What for? 'Young' Carl: I suppose smoking was the clincher. Quentin: Drugs or cigarettes? 'Young' Carl: Well, both. Quentin: Well done! Proud of you. So your mum sent you here in the hope that a little bracing sea air would sort you out? 'Young' Carl: Something like that. Quentin: Spectacular mistake. Dave: Walk this way. Simon: Don't walk that way! 'Young' Carl: I'm just gonna... Simon: Walk woodpecker way. Angus: And the bride is blushing now as the groom is gazing into her eyes. You can almost see Cupid fluttering his wings above their heads [imitating wings flapping, then cawing] No, that was a seagull. Thick Kevin: It's type of bird, but it's wearing a hat. Not so much a hat. Something that's at the top of a coat and attached to the coat and covers the head, but is not a hat. 'Young' Carl: A hood? Thick Kevin: Yes, and now the first name, type of bird. It's a something hood. 'Young' Carl: Robin Hood! Why didn't you just say he lived in Sherwood Forest and has a bow and an arrow? Thick Kevin: Yeah? What? Who are you talking about? 'Young' Carl: Robin Hood. Thick Kevin: I didn't know that. Quentin: The day has come. Tonight pirate radio dies. From midnight, we are a ghost ship floating without hope on cold and dark waters. You have done almighty work here. Thank you. But your work is done. The Count: Not mine, sir. I'm an American citizen and I don't give a hootenanny God damn about your nitpicking limey laws. I intend to broadcast from this ship 24 hours a day until the day I die. And then for a couple days after that. Gavin Cavanagh: Not wanting to sound rude or anything, but don't you think that might be an ever so slightly monotonous experience for the listener? What do you say to 12 hours each, noble sir? Angus: The way I look at it, the world couldn't survive without my comedy, and who's going to have the moral backbone to play the Seekers when the mood is right? Dave: They've split up. Angus: I intend to celebrate the back catalogue. Dave: I intend to stop you doing so. Mark: [silently stands up and lights a cigarette] Simon: As some of you know, my wife left me after 17 hours of marriage, but I survived that because I live for music. And now, with nothing else to live for, I'm willing to die for it as well. 'On-The-Hour' John: I've always lived for news and weather. Happy to die for them, too. Especially the weather. Bob Silver 'the Dawn Treader': I've got nowhere else to go. Harold: I have somewhere else to go, but it's Peckham. So I think I'll stick around. Felicity: Can't let everyone starve. And I'm slightly worried where my increasingly powerful sexuality will take me when I return to normal life. Thick Kevin: I've got a very strong suspicion that Felicity fancies me. Not about to go anywhere, just when I'm in with a chance. 'Young' Carl: Obviously, I'm in. You're the only people in the world who like me. Dave: Sure throwing him in is the best way to get him to learn how to swim? The Count: Absolutely. Dave: Ok. The Count: On second thought, it might just be for kids. Angus: I can't touch the bottom! The Count: Yeah, that's right. Throw a baby in, it floats. Instinctively, naturally. It's a beautiful thing. I think if you throw in an adult, doesn't work that way. Angus: Goodbye! Quentin: Gentlemen, I have some good news and some bad news. Which would you prefer? Thick Kevin: Good news. Quentin: Okay. The good news is the engine has exploded and we're all going to die. Dave: Hello, Dr Dave, Radio Rock. How is that good news? Quentin: I haven't yet told you how we're going to die. That's the bad news. Simon: How are we gonna die? Quentin: We're going to drown in the freezing waters of the North Sea. Felicity: Dearie me. Quentin: There is a huge hole in the side of the boat and in an unfortunate development, it transpires that the lifeboats are useless. Thick Kevin: [to Angus] Actually, that's quite good for you, isn't it? 'Cause you can't swim, so you'll die quicker. Quentin: Sorry. Simon: I think we're actually going to die. Thick Kevin: Why? Simon: I'll explain later. Dave: So tell us Mark, now at the very end - what was your secret? How did you get all them girls? Mark: Simple. Don't say anything at all. 'Young' Carl: Nothing? Mark: Nothing. Then, when the tension becomes too much to bear, you finally, finally, you just say: "How about it, then?" The Count: To all our listeners, this is what I have to say - God bless you all. And as for you bastards in charge, don't dream it's over. Years will come, years will go, and politicians will do fuck all to make the world a better place. But all over the world, young men and young women will always dream dreams and put those dreams into song. Nothing important dies tonight, just a few ugly guys on a crappy ship. The only sadness tonight is that, in future years, there'll be so many fantastic songs that it will not be our privilege to play. But, believe you me, they will still be written, they will still be sung and they will be the wonder of the world. Gavin Cavanagh: Hit it! Gavin Cavanagh: Here's a rather long record. I hope I'm here at the end of it. Quentin: Your mother is dropping by to pay us a visit before Christmas. 'Young' Carl: You're kidding? When does she arrive? Quentin: Tomorrow. She was always very impromptu. Anyway, I thought you might like to know, in case you want to brush your hair or hide the large stack of pornography you keep on that shelf. Thick Kevin: My theory is that you're here because it's exactly the right time for a young man like you to get to know his dad. 'Young' Carl: And? Thick Kevin: I therefore think that your dad is on this boat. And since he's definitely not me, I think he's probably Quentin. The Count: Cuz if you shoot a bullet, someone dies. When you drop a bomb, many die. You hit a woman, love dies. But... if you say the f-word, nothing actually happens. Gavin Cavanagh: Are you doing something dirty? Are you doing something your parents don't know about? Are you breaking the law? Are you breaking the rules? Gavin Cavanagh: Open your knees and feel the breeze, because Gavin's back to stay! Gavin Cavanagh: Now it's just you and me, and I'm looking right up your skirt. Gavin Cavanagh: Think of me when you come. Minister Dormandy: No one likes it, apart from blind people, and I'm sure even they can sense it profound ugliness as it passes by. The Count: You know, a few months ago, I made a terrible mistake. I realized something, and instead of crushing the thought the moment it came I... I let it hang on, and now I know it to be true. And I'm afraid it's stuck in my head forever. These are the best days of our lives. It's a terrible thing to know, but I know it. Simon: [to his bride, Elenore] Wow. You look like a unicorn... in a negligee. Quentin: [to Angus] I can see your nuts, Nutsford. Minister Dormandy: You see, that's the whole point of being the government. If you don't like something you simply make up a new law that makes it illegal. Charlotte: Christ, what a dump! Quentin: I hoped you'd like it. Quentin: Thank you gentlemen, lady, strange bearded thing.

Other Titles

  1. Good Morning England (2009) (ENG)

  2. I Love Radio Rock (2009) (ENG)

  3. Pirate Radio (2009) (ENG)
    (USA) (new title)

  4. Radio Rock Revolution (2009) (ENG)

  5. The Boat That Rocked (2009) (ENG)
    (Australia) (imdb display title)

  6. The Boat That Rocked (2009) (ENG)
    (International: English title) (imdb display title)

  7. The Boat That Rocked (2009) (ENG)
    (UK) (imdb display title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Gambardella's Cafe, Blackheath Standard, London, England, UK
  2. London, England, UK
  3. National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, St James's, London, England, UK
  4. Osprey Quay, Isle of Portland, Portland, Dorset, England, UK
  5. Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK - (studio)
  6. Portland Bill, Dorset, England, UK
  7. Portland, Dorset, England, UK
  8. Roupell Street, Waterloo, London, England, UK
  9. Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK - (studio)
  10. Squerryes Court, Kent, England, UK - (Sir Alistair Dormandy's home)
  11. The Beach, Brighton, East Sussex, England, UK - (Seafront)


- The ship used for filming was the MV Timor Challenger, and much filming, both day and night scenes, was done in Portland Harbour (venue for the 2012 Olympics sailing) near Weymouth. The red paint scheme was based on that of the MV Ross Revenge, which was the Radio Caroline pirate ship from 1983-91, and is nowadays maintained as a museum by volunteer enthusiasts, who assisted with several aspects of the film, including loaning many of the broadcasting and ship props.

- Dormandy's secretary was originally known as Miss Clitt in early versions but is now only known as Miss C, presumably due to much being made of having two character names doubling as innuendo.

- This film is very loosely based on Radio Caroline, a popular pirate radio ship with a similar history and style. It was director 'Richard Curtis (I)' (qv)'s intention to weave a fictional story around the many pirate stations of that era, rather than base the story on a factual story.

- Although purely fictional, the film does reference many of the actual events surrounding pirate radio. Namely, like the pirate radio ship, the Ross Revenge', the movie's ship is red with the station's name in white paint on the deck.