Captain Phillips

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  • Clip: Pirates Escape On Lifeboat, Take Captain Phillips Hostage

Movie Info & Cast


The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips, and the Somali pirate captain, Muse, 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.


  • Tom Hanks
  • Catherine Keener
  • Barkhad Abdi
  • Barkhad Abdirahman
  • Faysal Ahmed
  • Mahat M. Ali
  • Michael Chernus
  • David Warshofsky
  • Corey Johnson
  • Chris Mulkey

Did You Know?


  • During an interview on NPR's "Fresh Air", Tom Hanks said the first time he met the actors playing the Somali pirates was when they started filming the pirates taking over the bridge. Paul Greengrass mentioned he did this intentionally to build up tension between the actors on board the ship and the actors playing the Somali pirates.
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  • The story takes place in April 2009. When the Navy SEALs are arriving at the base in black SUVs, the Virginia state vehicle inspection sticker on the windshield shows a date of 5/13. (May 2013).
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    • UKMTO Officer: Maersk Alabama, you should alert your crew, get your fire hoses ready, and follow lockdown procedures.
    • Captain Richard Phillips: Yeah. Is that it?
    • UKMTO Officer: I'm relaying your transmission now, but chances are it's just fishermen.
    • Captain Richard Phillips: They're not here to fish.
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Oct 11, 2013

Hanks and Abdi are so compellingly matched that unlike with most thrillers, it won't be the action climax in Captain Phillips that'll stick with you. It'll be that aftermath, which gets at the emotional toll of terrorism in a way few movies have.

Metacritic review by Bob Mondello
Bob Mondello
Oct 1, 2013

While this is arguably Greengrass’ best film, it’s almost certainly his most urgent.

David Ehrlich
Sep 9, 2013

The film rips right along and never relinquishes its grip.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter