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The boat that rocked - Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Richard Curtis

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Movie propaganda

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. The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a big, brash, American god of the airwaves; Quentin (Bill Nighy), 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 (Rhys Ifans), the greatest DJ in Britain who has just returned from his drug tour of America to reclaim his rightful position; Dave (Nick Frost), 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.

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  • Film comedy UK pirate radio music English Channel ship DJ disc rock and roll romance government sex

Persons of interest

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman .... The Count
  • January Jones .... Eleonore
  • Gemma Arterton .... Desiree
  • Emma Thompson .... Charlotte
  • Tom Wisdom .... Mark
  • Bill Nighy .... Quentin
  • Rhys Ifans .... Gavin
  • Nick Frost .... Dave
  • Jack Davenport .... Twatt
  • Kenneth Branagh .... Minister Dormandy
  • Talulah Riley .... Marianne
  • Tom Sturridge .... Carl
  • Rhys Darby .... Angus
  • Chris O'Dowd .... Simon
  • Katherine Parkinson .... Felicity
  • Ralph Brown .... Bob
  • Amanda Fairbank-Hynes .... Jemima Dormandy
  • Sinead Matthews .... Miss Clitt
  • Laurence Richardson .... Nathan
  • Tom Brooke .... Thick Kevin
  • Will Adamsdale .... John
  • Ike Hamilton .... Harold
  • Olivia Llewellyn .... Margarett
  • Francesca Longrigg .... Mrs Dormandy
  • Richard Curtis .... Screenwriter
  • Richard Curtis .... Director

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Theatrical report

Despite being slightly obvious, The boat that rocked is a hilarious film with a wicked soundtrack and fashion to blow your mind. The cast is full of old favourites and highlights some new ones (especially Tom Sturridge as the virginal newbie) but the best part is that it's written (and directed) by Richard Curtis, who also wrote every funny British film and TV show in the past 30 years. I can't even begin to tell you how funny this film is. Well, that's a lie, because I just did, but I certainly can't continue to tell you how funny this film is. It's not just the witty remarks or the double entendres, it's the sheer Britishness of it all. Cups of tea. Stiff upper lips. Apologies. Ok, so I can continue to tell you how funny this film is. IT'S FUNNY!

The comedy, UK movie The boat that rocked is directed by Richard Curtis and stars Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans.

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Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 9 April 2009

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