The Boat That Rocked
Carl becomes smitten with Quentin's niece Marianne, but is heartbroken when she is seduced by Doctor Dave, while DJ "Simple" Simon Swafford marries glamorous fan Elenore in an onboard ceremony, but learns that she only married him to be near Gavin. The Count challenges Gavin to a game of chicken in defence of Simon's honour: The stubborn rivals climb the ship's radio mast to a dangerous height, but reconcile after they are both injured jumping into the ocean.
The Boat That Rocked
Marianne arrives to apologise to Carl for sleeping with Dave, and she and Carl have sex. The following morning, the DJs announce news of the coupling to cheering fans across Britain. Shortly after, Carl's mother Charlotte visits for Christmas, and denies that Quentin is his father. Carl gives her a cryptic message from reclusive late-night DJ "Smooth" Bob Silver, unexpectedly revealing that Bob is his father.
Meanwhile, Dormandy's vendetta against pirate radio advances when Twatt finds news of a fishing boat whose distress call was blocked by Radio Rock's powerful signal. Twatt proposes the creation of the Marine Offences Act, making pirate radio stations illegal on the grounds that they endanger communication with other vessels. Despite heavy public support for the pirate stations, the Act passes unanimously through Parliament and takes effect at midnight on 1 January 1967.
The Radio Rock crew defy the law and continue broadcasting, firing up the ship's engine to evade arrest. The ageing vessel's engine explodes, and the ship sinks. The DJs broadcast their position in hope of aid, and Twatt appeals to Dormandy to send rescue boats, but Dormandy refuses. Carl saves the oblivious Bob from his cabin while The Count vows to broadcast as long as possible.
With the lifeboats inoperable, the crew gather on the prow as the ship goes down. They are rescued by dozens of fans in a fleet of small boats, with Carl being saved by Marianne. The Radio Rock ship disappears beneath the sea, with the Count emerging at the last moment.
Additional minor roles were played by Ian Mercer as the transfer boatman, Stephen Moore as the Prime Minister, Michael Thomas and Bohdan Poraj as Dormandy's subordinates Sandford and Fredericks, Olegar Fedoro as the Radio Rock ship's captain, and Olivia Llewellyn as Marianne's friend Margaret and Felicity's love interest. Giovanna Fletcher plays one of the bridesmaids to Elenore.
The official synopsis of The Boat That Rocked before release stated that it tells the fictional story about a group of DJs in 1966 who are at odds with a traditionalist British government that prefers to broadcast jazz. According to director Richard Curtis, the film, though inspired by real British pirate radio of the 1960s, is a work of historical fiction and does not depict a specific radio station of the period.
Following the film's commercial failure at the British box office, Focus Features commissioned a re-edited version for release in North American release 13 November 2009. Retitled Pirate Radio, this version of the film deleted approximately twenty minutes of footage from the original version to address complaints from several critics that the film's running time was excessive. Upon the release of Pirate Radio in the United States, Manohla Dargis wrote:
The trailer in North America also featured dialog from a scene not in the release; chief among which were a British government minister was being told in a voiceover that the American deejay "The Count" is "possibly the most famous broadcaster ever," which wasn't borne by the actual plot. The trailer and commercials also displayed prominent text that stated "inspired by a true story," which was not claimed by either the production or writing staff.
The film received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a score of 59% based on 167 reviews. The Daily Telegraph credited the film with "some magical moments," but called it "muddled" and criticised its length. Time Out was also critical of the length and said the film was "disappointing." The Hollywood Reporter ran the headline "Rock 'n' roll movie Boat just barely stays afloat," declaring the film too long to sustain interest. Total Film also criticised the film's length and comedic style. Andrew Neil, writing in The Observer, remarked that he was disappointed in the "contrived" storyline and the "unnecessarily perverted" history. Channel 4 said the film was "touching," "heartfelt" and an "enjoyable journey" but questioned its coherence.
The Boat That Rocked is an ensemble comedy, where the romance is between the young people of the 60s, and pop music. It's about a band of DJs that captivate Britain, playing the music that defines a generation and standing up to a government that wanted control of popular culture via the British Broadcasting Corporation. Loosely based on the events in Britain in the 60's when the Labour government of Harold Wilson, wanted to bring the pirate radio stations under control, enough to see the passage of the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act on 15 August 1967. Also known as "Pirate Radio".
The soundtrack to Richard Curtis' salute to British pirate radio doesn't quite have the crazed, maverick spirit of legend, partially due to the song selection and partially due to the passage of time. Back in the late '60s, hearing the Who and Hendrix intercut with Motown and Dusty Springfield had a dangerous thrill, especially in the U.K. where this was only heard on pirate radio, not the BBC, but in 2009, having all these sounds on one compilation can't help but feel a little commonplace, since there have been 25 years of reissues that cover similar ground. That said, this is a tremendously entertaining set that does a good job of balancing the very familiar ("I Can See for Miles," "The Letter," "Crimson and Clover," "My Generation," etc.) with some left-field choices like "Yesterday Man," "I've Been a Bad Boy," and "The Happening." If this leans just a little bit too heavily on the familiar, well, that's just an indication that this soundtrack isn't for those who actually experienced pirate radio (or U.S. radio) in the '60s, it's for those who wish they had been there.
When Carl is brought aboard the ship, he is introduced to the crew by his godfather and the station's owner, Quentin. Felicity walks over carrying platters of toast in one hand and a bowl of snacks in the other and introduces herself.Carl begins to say that he didn't think women were allowed on ships before Felicity cuts him off and says she is lesbian. She offers him toast but he asks for a Mars Bar, but she refuses because she just arranged them. She then continues offering the crew toast.
One morning, Felicity cooks while the crew has breakfast on deck. Angus asks Carl if he is looking forward to Saturday, who asks what happens on Saturday. Angus explains that due to the lack of women on the boat, barring Felicity of the "lesbionic" tendency. Every second Saturday, each DJ is allowed to invite one woman to the boat. When Saturday arrives, Felicity and the rest of the crew welcome the boat full of female fans brought by the Remus. After they board and find their male companions, Felicity, Simon, John, Kevin and Carl are left on their own, and they sit in the kitchen. After he and Simon start talking, Carl asks the room if they have anything planned and Felicity answers that it's another very quiet afternoon for her and her sex life. Dave then arrives and declares that he wishes to help Carl with his "predicament" and beckons him out of the kitchen.
As the group eats dinner, they are surprised to see a man with a heavily bearded man enter and fix himself a plate of food. The Count asks who he is and he introduces himself as Smooth Bob Silver, the Dawn Treader, the DJ for the 3-6 a.m. shift. He explains that the rest of the group has not met him as he spends most of his time in his cabin, listening to music, doing drugs and sleeping. Bob then declares the kitchen too hectic and returns to his room to listen to music, leaving Felicity and the rest of the crew amazed.
After the government makes it illegal for British companies to advertise on pirate radio stations, Radio Rock faces a serious drop in revenue for a number of weeks. In order to attract new commercial partners, Quentin announces that Gavin Kavanagh, the Count's predecessor and a rock legend, is coming out of retirement and rejoining Radio Rock in three weeks, to most of the crew's joy.
Gavin arrives and greets the crew, and has a tense introduction with the Count. When he meets Felicity, he asks if the rules changed and she explains that she is a lesbian. He asks always or mostly. She answers absolutely always, and he whispers "so you say" while squeezing her rear.
After a contest, 200 people (mostly women) are brought to the ship by the Western Lady III for Magnificent Monday. After Quentin welcomes them, they embark on a tour of the ship. Simon and Angus lead one large group themselves, taking them to the kitchen. Simon introduces her to Felicity, and Angus adds that she's a lesbian, and the group rushes at Felicity, hugging her as she screams.
A while later, Simon announces that he is getting married, to the applause of the group. Quentin says he hopes they appreciate that for the first time there will be a woman on the boat, no offense to Felicity. Felicity brushes off the comment, admitting she is excited, and Angus jokingly warns her to keep her hands off.
That Saturday, Elenore arrives and the crew holds the wedding ceremony, officiated by Quentin, on the main deck of the ship. Afterwards, the bouquet is passed to Felicity, who hands it off to Mark, who throws it to one of the crewmen. Felicity and the rest of the crew serenade the happy couple with the song "Elenore" as Simon carries his new bride to his room. After it is revealed that Elenore only married Simon in order to get on the ship so she can sleep with Gavin, the marriage is annulled after 17 hours. Gavin then faces a tribunal before the entire crew, Felicity included. Gavin declares himself innocent of any wrongdoing, saying he didn't ask Elenore to do this. Simon asks if he had sex with Elenore, and Gavin admits he did once before she left, explaining it was the least he could do for her after she came all the way from America. The Count challenges Gavin to a game of chicken to defend Simon's honor. The two agree to climb the radio mast, with the man who climbs furthest being the victor. The two climb halfway up, but continue climbing farther, and Felicity frantically says that they should do something as the crew begs the rival DJs to climb down. After they get to the top, they climb across the yardarms and jump into the ocean. Both are injured, but put aside their differences. 041b061a72