Captain Phillips


Captain Phillips

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Smart, powerfully acted, and incredibly intense, Captain Phillips offers filmgoers a Hollywood biopic done right -- and offers Tom Hanks a showcase for yet another brilliant performance.



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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 (R)-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. The film is directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca.(c) Sony

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Tom Hanks
as Captain Richard Phillips
Catherine Keener
as Andrea Phillips
Michael Chernus
as Shane Murphy
Corey Johnson
as Ken Quinn
Chris Mulkey
as John Cronan
Yul Vázquez
as Captain Frank Castellano
David Warshofsky
as Mike Perry
Max Martini
as SEAL Commander
Thomas Grube
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Mark Holden
as Maersk Alabama Crew
San Shella
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Terrence Anderson
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Marc Anwar
as Maersk Alabama Crew
David Webber
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Amr El-Bayoumi
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Vincenzo Nicoli
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Kapil Arun
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Louis Mahoney
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Peter Landi
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Angus MacInnes
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Ian Ralph
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Kristian Hjordt Beck
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Kurt Larsen
as Maersk Alabama Crew
Bader Choukouko
as Somali Boy
Idurus Shiish
as Pirate Leader
Azeez Mohammed
as Pirate Leader
Abdurazak Ahmed Adan
as Pirate Leader
Nasir Jama
as Asad's Crew
Kadz Souleiman
as Asad's Crew
Scott Oates
as Navy SEAL
David Meadows
as Navy SEAL
Adam Wendling
as Navy SEAL
Billy Jenkins
as Navy SEAL
Mark Semos
as Navy SEAL
Dean Franchuk
as Navy SEAL
Rey Hernandez
as Navy SEAL
Roger Edwards
as Navy SEAL
Raleigh Morse
as Navy SEAL
Dale McClellan
as Navy SEAL
Hugh Middleton
as Navy SEAL
Raymond Care
as Navy SEAL
Stacha Hicks
as UKMTO Officer
Will Bowden
as US Maritime Officer
Leonard Anderson
as USS Bainbridge VBSS Officer
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Critic Reviews for Captain Phillips

All Critics (267) | Top Critics (55)

  • Over and over in this movie we hear variations on the phrase "everything's going to be OK." It's just impossible to head out of the theater and back into the wider world believing that's actually true.

    Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • We're in the steady hands of Paul Greengrass, a director fully aware that convincing crisis stories involve conflicting interests and passions.

    Dec 9, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • A ruthless, ripped-from-the-headlines seafaring thriller with a vintage turn from Tom Hanks.

    Oct 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The entire performance is one of the greatest in Hanks' prolific, varied career - a role that gives him a massive arc and the opportunity to show great range.

    Oct 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Whether or not you find it an inadvertent parable of the political moment (I do), Captain Phillips is a terrific film.

    Oct 11, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's the work of Tom Hanks that makes this film unforgettable.

    Oct 11, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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