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BBFC reference BFF252041
Feature Film
Classified 17 March, 2009 .
Run Time 134m 59s

Consumer Advice:Contains strong language and moderate sex references

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THE BOAT THAT ROCKED is a comedy set on board a pirate radio ship in the English Channel in the mid-1960s. It was passed ‘15’ for strong language and moderate sex references.

The BBFC Guidelines at ‘15’ permit the frequent use of strong language (e.g. ‘fuck’) and that particular term is used on over twenty occasions in this work. The many verbal sex references in the film are comedic, moderate in strength and could have been contained at ‘12A’ - they reflect nothing that most adolescents will not already be very familiar with and include, for example, gags about condoms.

THE BOAT THAT ROCKED also includes several verbal references to soft drugs. However, no drug taking is shown and the film as a whole does not promote or encourage drug misuse. As might be expected in a film that is set in the 1960s several of the characters are seen to smoke cigarettes, albeit the activity is neither encouraged nor promoted. In one scene a male disc jockey is surrounded by several topless women. The sexual context is minimal and the nudity in this case would have been allowed at a lower classification category.

This work was passed with no cuts made.

The main spoken language in this work is English.

Directed by Richard Curtis
The cast for this work includes: Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gemma Arterton, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, January Jones, Nick Frost, Rhys Ifans, Jack Davenport, Rhys Darby, Tom Wisdom, Tom Sturridge.

When submitted to the BBFC the work had a running time of 134m 59s.
The running time of this film was calculated from the measured length of 12148+2 ( feet + frames ).

This work was submitted to the BBFC by Universal Pictures Int (UK) .

A film or video, together with associated trailers may exist in several versions and all versions known to the BBFC are listed below.

CategoryTypeDateCompanyRun TimeCutTitle
VideoTrailerVideoTrailer11/08/2008Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd1m 32sTHE BOAT THAT ROCKED
FilmTrailerFilmTrailer16/10/2008Universal Pictures Int (UK)0m 38sTHE BOAT THAT ROCKED
FilmTrailerFilmTrailer19/12/2008Universal Pictures Int (UK)1m 32sTHE BOAT THAT ROCKED
FilmTrailerFilmTrailer06/02/2009Universal Pictures Int (UK)2m 17sTHE BOAT THAT ROCKED
FilmTrailerFilmTrailer06/02/2009Universal Pictures Int (UK)2m 41sTHE BOAT THAT ROCKED
FilmFilm17/03/2009Universal Pictures Int (UK)134m 59sTHE BOAT THAT ROCKED
VideoVideo28/05/2009Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd129m 34sTHE BOAT THAT ROCKED
Online11/09/2009Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd129m 34sTHE BOAT THAT ROCKED
VideoVideo22/01/2010Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd129m 34sTHE BOAT THAT ROCKED
Details are likely to be more complete and accurate for the version submitted most recently.
When a film is transferred to video the running time will be shorter by approximately 4% due to the differing number of frames per second. This does not mean that the video version has been cut or re-edited.
This entry was last updated 08/12/2010
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