Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

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Director: Paul Greengrass

Cast: Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener

     
 

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Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks teams with Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray to tell the true story of Richard Phillips, a U.S. cargo-ship captain who surrendered himself to Somali pirates so that his crew would be freed. Captain RichardSee more details below

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Overview

Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks teams with Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray to tell the true story of Richard Phillips, a U.S. cargo-ship captain who surrendered himself to Somali pirates so that his crew would be freed. Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and his crew are carrying freight around the Horn of Africa when four Somali pirates forcefully take over their ship, the MV Maersk Alabama. While Phillips' team follow his orders to hide until they hear him give the safe word, the captain and a few essential crew members remain on the bridge as the heavily armed pirates make their way up to seize control of the ship. But the interlopers soon discover something that sends them into a furious rage: After effectively shutting down the ship, Phillips explains that the Maersk had malfunctioned when the crew pushed it too hard in an attempt to evade the attackers. In order to appease their leader, the ruthless Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Phillips offers them the $30,000 that's been locked in the ship safe. But that isn't enough, and Muse demands that Phillips help him search every corner of the ship to root out the terrified crew. When that plan fails, the pirates agree to take the cash from the safe and flee in the Maersk's lifeboat. At the last minute, however, they kidnap Phillips in the hope of supplementing their take with a sizable ransom -- a decision that leads to a tense standoff with the U.S. Navy, who would sooner see the lifeboat sunk with Phillips inside than allow it to reach Somalia.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
We all like to imagine that if we ever found ourselves in a crisis situation, we'd be able to stay cool and keep a level head. But even if we managed to do so, that doesn't necessarily mean that the tides would turn in our favor. The story of Captain Phillips is one of genuine courage, and it's executed with an attention to detail that holds us rapt with tension from the moment those first ominous blips appear on the radar. Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his crew are carrying freight around the Horn of Africa when four Somali pirates forcefully take over their ship, the MV Maersk Alabama. While Phillips' team follow his orders to hide until they hear him give the safe word, the captain and a few essential crew members remain on the bridge as the heavily armed pirates make their way up to seize control of the ship. But the interlopers soon discover something that sends them into a furious rage: After effectively shutting down the ship, Phillips explains that the Maersk had malfunctioned when the crew pushed it too hard in an attempt to evade the attackers. In order to appease their leader, the ruthless Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Phillips offers them the $30,000 that's been locked in the ship safe. But that isn't enough, and Muse demands that Phillips help him search every corner of the ship to root out the terrified crew. When that plan fails, the pirates agree to take the cash from the safe and flee in the Maersk's lifeboat. At the last minute, however, they kidnap Phillips in the hope of supplementing their take with a sizable ransom -- a decision that leads to a tense standoff with the U.S. Navy, who would sooner see the lifeboat sunk with Phillips inside than allow it to reach Somalia. Adapted by screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play, The Hunger Games) from Phillips' book, A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea, Paul Greengrass' film presents us with two distinct and disparate worlds in the opening scenes, and shows us just how wrong things can go when those worlds collide. The first time we see Phillips, he's leaving his home in Vermont and driving to the airport with his wife. As they navigate the freeway, the tension in the car is palpable: It's obvious this is a routine they've grown used to but still makes them deeply uneasy, and their vocal concern for their children paints them as practical but loving. Meanwhile, in Eyl, Somalia, Muse is jolted awake in his dirt-floored hut as a crew of trigger-happy militants round up the locals at gunpoint and force them out to sea in search of plunder. The contrast is jarring, though it's only a hint of the horror to come; by the time Muse and his three men manage to board the Maersk, we've seen just how brutal the skinny pirate can be when forced into a corner, and have little doubt that he's willing to kill in order to get what he wants. It's a relentlessly efficient setup for a strained standoff that we know could erupt into violence at any given moment, and the urgency only grows more severe when Phillips is trapped in a lifeboat with his abductors as the Navy race to end the stalemate. Perhaps the biggest surprise in Captain Phillips (besides Abdi's unexpectedly sympathetic performance) is the effectiveness of Greengrass' direction. In the past, Greengrass has been accused of incoherency -- in fight scenes, he has a penchant for getting so close to the action that the viewer loses perspective. Yet here, in tighter, more confined settings, that approach results in an intimacy that genuinely draws us into the characters and their plight. Perhaps it helps that there are precious few scenes of hand-to-hand combat in Captain Phillips (most of the violence comes in quick, brutal bursts), but in this way the director manages to turn what was previously perceived as his Achilles' heel into his greatest asset. Speaking of assets, the director also coaxes a phenomenal performance out of the perennially likable Hanks. A devoted family man who runs a tight ship at sea, Captain Phillips is acutely aware of the dangers of his latest route, and Hanks plays the character with the perfect balance of prudence and compassion -- the latter of which is beautifully evidenced in his fatherly concern for one of the injured pirates, a young man who's about the same age as one of Phillips' children. Likewise, Abdi portrays Muse as a man driven to desperation by circumstance, yet still possessing a humanistic streak that at least one of his fellow hijackers appears to have lost. The two roles contrast with one another harmoniously, giving each a sense of genuine depth that enhances the story's inherent drama. Still, it's Hanks who steals the entire show in his stunning final scene, perhaps the strongest of its kind and one that's bound to haunt viewers long after the film has ended; that moment makes Captain Phillips not just an exceptional tale of grace under pressure, but an actively engaging experience as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/2014
UPC:
0043396417816
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:14:00
Sales rank:
18,582

Special Features

Commentary with director Paul Greengrass; Capturing Captain Phillips - in-depth behind-the-scenes featurettes on making the acclaimed film

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Captain Richard Phillips
Barkhad Abdi Muse
Catherine Keener Andrea Phillips
Michael Chernus Shane Murphy
Corey Johnson Ken Quinn
Max Martini SEAL Commander
Chris Mulkey John Cronan
Yul Vázquez Captain Frank Castellano
David Warshofsky Mike Perry
Barkhad Abdirahman Bilal
Faysal Ahmed Najee
Mahat M. Ali Elmi
Omar Berdouni Nemo
Mohammed Ali Asad
Issak Farah Samatar Hufan
Thomas Grube Maersk Alabama Crew
Mark Holden Maersk Alabama Crew
San Shella Maersk Alabama Crew
Terrence Anderson Maersk Alabama Crew
Marc Anwar Maersk Alabama Crew
David Webber Maersk Alabama Crew
Amr El-Bayoumi Maersk Alabama Crew
Vincenzo Nicoli Maersk Alabama Crew
Kapil Arun Maersk Alabama Crew
Louis Mahoney Maersk Alabama Crew
Peter Landi Maersk Alabama Crew
Angus MacInnes Maersk Alabama Crew
Ian Ralph Maersk Alabama Crew
Kristian Hjordt Beck Maersk Alabama Crew
Kurt Larsen Maersk Alabama Crew
Bader Choukouko Somali Boy
Idurus Shiish Pirate Leader
Azeez Mohammed Pirate Leader
Abdurazak Ahmed Adan Pirate Leader
Duran Mohamed Hassan Asad's Crew
Nasir Jama Asad's Crew
Kadz Souleiman Asad's Crew
Scott Oates Navy SEAL,Navy SEAL Group
David Meadows Navy SEAL,Navy SEAL Group
Shad Jason Hamilton Navy SEAL,Navy SEAL Group
Adam Wendling Navy SEAL,Navy SEAL Group
Billy Jenkins Navy SEAL,Navy SEAL Group
Mark Semos Navy SEAL,Navy SEAL Group
Dean Franchuk Navy SEAL
Rey Hernandez Navy SEAL
Christopher Stadulis Navy SEAL
Roger Edwards Navy SEAL
John Patrick Barry Navy SEAL
Raleigh Morse Navy SEAL
Dale McClellan Navy SEAL
Hugh Middleton Navy SEAL
Raymond Care Navy SEAL
Stacha Hicks UKMTO Officer
Will Bowden US Maritime Officer
Leonard Anderson USS Bainbridge VBSS Officer

Technical Credits
Paul Greengrass Director
Barry Ackroyd Cinematographer
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Bronner Co-producer
Dana Brunetti Producer
Eli Bush Executive Producer
Cosmo Campbell Camera Operator
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Pud Cusack Sound Mixer
Charlo Dalli Art Director
Michael De Luca Producer
Sara Deane Camera Operator
Nick Glennie-Smith Score Composer
Gregory Goodman Executive Producer
Frances Hannon Makeup
Ahmed Hatimi Asst. Director
Michael Higham Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Jackman Score Composer
Niels Reedtz Johansen Cinematographer
Paul Kirby Production Designer
Francine Maisler Casting
Raymond Pumilia Art Director
Billy Ray Screenwriter
Paul G. Richards Art Director
Christopher Rouse Co-producer,Editor
Scott Rudin Producer
Peter Russell Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Spacey Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Captain Phillips
1. Chapter 1 [9:12]
2. Chapter 2 [6:16]
3. Chapter 3 [7:18]
4. Chapter 4 [7:22]
5. Chapter 5 [9:26]
6. Chapter 6 [8:21]
7. Chapter 7 [10:23]
8. Chapter 8 [6:10]
9. Chapter 9 [8:26]
10. Chapter 10 [6:11]
11. Chapter 11 [6:26]
12. Chapter 12 [8:15]
13. Chapter 13 [:17]
14. Chapter 14 [7:30]
15. Chapter 15 [9:47]
16. Chapter 16 [11:06]
17. Chapter 17 [11:24]

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