• Captain Phillips (2013)

Captain Phillips

Release Date: October 11th, 2013

DVD Release Date: January 21st, 2014

PG-13 |2 hr 13 min

Plot Summary

In April 2009, the U.S. containership Maersk Alabama sails toward its destination on a day that seems like any other. Suddenly, Somali pirates race toward the vessel, climb aboard and take everyone hostage. The captain of the ship, Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), looks to protect his crew from the hostile invaders, and their leader, Muse (Barkhad Abdi). The pirates are after millions of dollars, and Phillips must use his wits to make sure everyone survives and returns home safely.

Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali, Michael Chernus, Corey Johnson

Director: Paul Greengrass

Genres: Thriller , Docudrama , Action

Production Co: Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca, Trigger Street Productions

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Keywords: Tense , Emotional , Wife , Dark , Rescue , 2000s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The film succeeds on its own terms — an exciting entertainment that makes us feel good about the outcome, and about the reach of American power, rather than its limits. Yet the narrative container is far from full. There isn't enough incident or complexity to sustain the entire length of this elaborately produced star vehicle. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film rips right along and never relinquishes its grip. show more

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Captain Phillips is harrowing, inspiring, a must-see piece of moviemaking. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Sound Editing
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)