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The Pirates of Somalia (2017)

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In 2008, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men ... See full summary »

Director:

Bryan Buckley

Writers:

Bryan Buckley, Jay Bahadur (based on the book "The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World" by)
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Credited cast:
Evan Peters ... Jay Bahadur
Al Pacino ... Seymour Tolbin
Melanie Griffith ... Maria Bahadur
Barkhad Abdi ... Abdi
Philip Ettinger ... Alex
Coral Peña ... Katlyn
Russell Posner ... Jared Bahadur
Jojo Gonzalez ... Jojo
Kiana Madani ... Tracy Ziconni
Aidan Whytock ... Agent Brice
Mohamed Hakeemshady ... Ancient Warrior (voice) (as Hakeemshady Mohamed)
Maria Vos ... Avril Benoît
Sabrina Hassan Sabrina Hassan ... Maryan
Robert Hobbs ... Navy Admiral
Patrick Holden O'Neill ... Angus / Pimply Clerk
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In 2008, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.

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Plot Keywords:

canada | writer | drugs | gun | See All (4) »

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Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug content, and brief strong violence. | See all certifications »

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Country:

Somalia | Kenya | Sudan | South Africa | USA

Language:

English | Somali

Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dabka See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Jay Bahadur is saying he always considered himself more of a Bernstein, than a Woodward, as Bernstein was ugly as hell and never went through college, and overcame his shortcomings. Bob Woodward went to Harvard Law School, and Carl Bernstein dropped out of university. Carl Bernstein was played by Dustin Hoffman in All the Presidents Men, a movie, of which Jay Bahadur has a poster of, hanging in his room. See more »

Quotes

Jay Bahadur: I never understood cigars.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits identify the many Somali refugees in the cast and crew with the year they became a refugee. See more »

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References Team America: World Police (2004) See more »

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In Love With You
Written by Ed Hartman
Performed by Ed Hartman
Courtesy of Crucial Music
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Watch only if you've got some brains to follow along.
4 March 2018 | by tonytomato9See all my reviews

I enjoyed Pirates of Somalia far more than I thought I would. Evan Peters is credible and very watchable. The supporting cast is strong enough to keep you interested in a well-told story. I wasn't as informed about the piracy situation in Somalia. I'd wager that bunches of Westerners aren't, either. However, this film does a great job of laying out the recent Somali history, while also telling a compelling "true" story. I'd recommended Pirates of Somalia, but only to someone who can handle a human drama with some political history, good characters, and touches of humor. This film is not for the blissfully uninformed. You'll learn something. And you'll like it, too.


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