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Captain Phillips (2013)

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The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

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Paul Greengrass

Writers:

Billy Ray (screenplay), Richard Phillips (based upon the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea" by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 144 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Captain Richard Phillips
Catherine Keener ... Andrea Phillips
Barkhad Abdi ... Muse
Barkhad Abdirahman ... Bilal
Faysal Ahmed ... Najee
Mahat M. Ali ... Elmi
Michael Chernus ... Shane Murphy
David Warshofsky ... Mike Perry
Corey Johnson ... Ken Quinn
Chris Mulkey ... John Cronan
Yul Vazquez ... Captain Frank Castellano
Max Martini ... SEAL Commander
Omar Berdouni ... Nemo
Mohamed Ali Mohamed Ali ... Asad
Issak Farah Samatar Issak Farah Samatar ... Hufan
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Storyline

Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is - through director Paul Greengrass's distinctive lens - simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips' unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Out here survival is everything


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Somali

Release Date:

11 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Captain's Duty See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,000,000, 13 October 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$107,100,855

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$218,791,811
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The irony of the entire incident was that the U.S. Navy ship, the U.S.S. Bainbridge, had a historic connection with pirates, in that the ship is named for the Commander of the only ship lost to pirates in the Barbary Wars. William Bainbridge and his crews were captured by the Barbary pirates and spent nineteen months in the hands of the Pasha of Tripoli. For the U.S.S. Bainbridge, this was pay back for that incident. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the medic scene, the medic cuts off the yellow Navy shirt Phillips had been wearing and puts it on the counter. Later when they pan down his body, you can see the yellow shirt sitting around his waist, as if it had just been cut off his shoulders, not cut completely off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Andrea Phillips: Okay.
[Andrea and Richard get in car and start driving]
Andrea Phillips: You all right?
Captain Richard Phillips: Yeah.
Andrea Phillips: You'd think these trips would get easier, but it's just the opposite.
Captain Richard Phillips: Well, I feel the same way, Ange.
Andrea Phillips: I know this is what we do. This is our life. But it just seems like... the world is moving so fast... right now things are changing so much.
Captain Richard Phillips: They sure are. I'll tell you something. It's not gonna be easy for our kids. They'll be going into a different world than the one you and I came into.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 3 May 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Hilm B Hilm
Written and Performed by Musa Hanhan
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Very tense & makes you think about both sides of the event and if the pirates were really evil or not. I say B+.
14 October 2013 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"It was supposed to be easy. I take over ship, get paid, no one gets hurt." In 2009 a Somali named Muse (Abdi) is in trouble and needs to get money for his boss fast or face the consequences. His plan is to hijack a cargo ship and hold it ransom until he gets his money. When he boards a ship captained by Rich Phillips (Hanks) he thinks he found his answer to his problems, but things only get worse for all involved. This is a true story. It's always more fun to watch a movie that is also a true story and even better when you see one that you remember the events when it was happening. As far as the movie goes it starts off pretty slow but grows more and more tense as it goes on. As great an actor as Tom Hanks is I found myself thinking that this is really a part that many people could pull off. Then I watched the last 20 minutes and realized why they got Hanks. Much like the movie Apollo 13, when you watch a movie that you know how it ends but still end up shedding a tear it is because of great filmmmaking. This falls into that category. A movie that builds momentum the entire time. Starts off slow but by the end you are hoping for more. I liked it. Overall, tense and makes you think about both sides of the event and if the pirates were really evil or not. I give it a B+.


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