Pirate Radio

When rock and roll first emerged, British radio stations refused to play the controversial tunes. To insure that the British people got their fix of the new sound, pirate radio stations took to the waves, skirting the law by broadcasting from boats. Pirate Radio is about one such boat, its colorful crew, and the priggish British government who wants to shut them down.

ClearPlay In Action!

Pirate Radio gives ClearPlay a good workout, trimming out a host of language issues, including approximately thirty ‘F’ words. Also cut are many scenes dealing with nudity, crudity, sex, and sensuality. ClearPlaying these scenes doesn’t affect this lightly plotted film. Despite the edits, there is still an undercurrent glorifying the old mantra of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Should I Tune In to Pirate Radio?…

You might enjoy this movie if you are really nostalgic for 1960’s era British rock, and I mean the kind of nostalgic where you have a box of pristine vinyl records under your bed and take them out and hug them every week. There are scattered laughs, but they don’t make up for the slow pace, cardboard villainy, weak morals, and general pointlessness of it all. And no, it’s not historically accurate, either.

Brian Fuller—ClearPlay Pirate DJ

Rated R for language, and some sexual content including brief nudity.; 116 min 135 min (original version); Directed By Richard Curtis