Captain Phillips

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  134 min.
Release Date: October 11, 2013
DVD: January 21, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 4.66
based on 664 votes and 217 reviews
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Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey, Yul Vazquez, David Warshofsky, Catherine Keener

Inspiration: Maersk Alabama


CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is an examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. When the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), and his crew spot pirates approaching, they alert the authorities and try to fend them off. But with no security or guns on board, they're soon overtaken.

The head pirate, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), takes over the ship and declares himself captain. Captain Phillips, who has ordered his crew to hide, offers him all the money from the safe, but the pirates want more. They search for the crew, and when they don't find them, they threaten Captain Phillips. Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, all involved find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control.

Director: Paul Greengrass
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti
Screenplay: Billy Ray
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  • 4 stars "excellent movie - Hanks is THE MAN"
  • 4 stars "Hanks and Abdi are great in this thrill-a minute movie."
  • 5 stars "This is one of the best and most believable movies I have seen in a long time. Based on a true story, this movie does a superb job of capturing not only the emotions felt by survivors of the ship but, also the realism of a terrifying and desparate event."