Pirate Radio Rocks, by Martin Catudio.. In 1966, cutting edge comedian, Lenny Bruce, banned from entering either Britain or Australia, died of an overdose of drugs, subsequent to his imprisonment on obscenity charges.
.. Now to the movie, Pirate Radio, set in 1966, almost entirely on a ship floating 25 miles off the coast of Great Britain because it plays music 'banned in Britain'. While there is historical accuracy lending credibility to the premise, the film stretches references to the extreme and the story falls short, drifting much like its titular vessel does until an improbable Titanic-like finish. While its stellar cast list crews the boat, the journey goes nowhere.
.. The plot begs the question: What's the point of the movie? The important element of what's socially taboo back in 1966, or even 1967, UK is noticeably absent from its nearly 2 hour love fest of 60's music. Just like Bruce's transgressions, there is no explanation - just shows of jesting, sexual antics and legal conflict.... For the full review, click Comment 1.