Captain Phillips


Captain Phillips

Overview:

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Votes 2431 (7.6/10)

Runtime: 134 minutes

Release Date 2013-10-10

Budget: $55,000,000.00

Revenue: $95,000,000.00

Website: Link

Tagline: Out here survival is everything.

Production company:

  • Columbia Pictures

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Action
  • Drama
  • Thriller

Trailer

Further Information

Captain Richard Phillips
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
Andrea Phillips
Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
SEAL Commander
Max Martini
Max Martini
John Cronan
Chris Mulkey
Chris Mulkey
Captain Frank Castellano
Yul Vazquez
Yul Vazquez
Ken Quinn
Corey Johnson
Corey Johnson
Mike Perry
David Warshofsky
David Warshofsky
Dan Phillips
John Magaro
John Magaro
Shane Murphy
Michael Chernus
Michael Chernus
Muse
Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi
Najee
Faysal  Ahmed
Faysal Ahmed
Bilal
Barkhad Abdirahman
Barkhad Abdirahman
Elmi
Mahat M. Ali
Mahat M. Ali
Maersk Alabama Crew
Angus MacInnes
Angus MacInnes
Maersk Alabama Crew
San Shella
San Shella
Maersk Alabama Crew
Amr El-Bayoumi
Amr El-Bayoumi
Pirate Leader
Azeez Mohammed
Azeez Mohammed
Director
Paul Greengrass
Paul Greengrass
Screenplay
Billy Ray
Billy Ray
Producer
Dana Brunetti
Dana Brunetti
Executive Producer
Eli Bush
Eli Bush
Producer
Michael De Luca
Michael De Luca
Executive Producer
Gregory Goodman
Gregory Goodman
Producer
Scott Rudin
Scott Rudin
Executive Producer
Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
Original Music Composer
Henry Jackman
Henry Jackman
Director of Photography
Barry Ackroyd
Barry Ackroyd
Editor
Christopher Rouse
Christopher Rouse
Casting
Francine Maisler
Francine Maisler
Production Design
Paul Kirby
Paul Kirby
Costume Design
Mark Bridges
Mark Bridges
Property Master
David Cheesman
David Cheesman
Property Master
Steve George
Steve George
Property Master
Robin L. Miller
Robin L. Miller
Set Designer
Peter Russell
Peter Russell
Construction Coordinator
Kevin Anthony
Kevin Anthony
Construction Coordinator
Joseph Kearney
Joseph Kearney
Casting
Debbie DeLisi
Debbie DeLisi
Casting
Daniel Hubbard
Daniel Hubbard
Costume Supervisor
Lynda Foote
Lynda Foote
Costume Supervisor
Mark Peterson
Mark Peterson
Hairstylist
Brenda McNally
Brenda McNally
Makeup Artist
Trish Seeney
Trish Seeney
Art Direction
Raymond Pumilia
Raymond Pumilia
Art Direction
Charlo Dalli
Charlo Dalli
Leadman
Stephen G. Shifflette
Stephen G. Shifflette
Supervising Sound Editor
Oliver Tarney
Oliver Tarney
Sound Effects Editor
Dillon Bennett
Dillon Bennett
Sound Designer
Michael Fentum
Michael Fentum
Sound Designer
James Harrison
James Harrison
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Chris Burdon
Chris Burdon
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Mike Prestwood Smith
Mike Prestwood Smith
Foley
Peter Burgis
Peter Burgis
Foley
Jason Swanscott
Jason Swanscott
Dialogue Editor
Rob Killick
Rob Killick
ADR & Dubbing
Simon Chase
Simon Chase
Visual Effects Producer
Daniel Barrow
Daniel Barrow
Visual Effects Editor
Ed Cross
Ed Cross
Visual Effects Producer
Andy Taylor
Andy Taylor
Visual Effects Producer
Kristopher Wright
Kristopher Wright
Visual Effects Supervisor
Adam Rowland
Adam Rowland
Visual Effects Supervisor
Charlie Noble
Charlie Noble
CG Supervisor
Stefan Gerstheimer
Stefan Gerstheimer
CG Supervisor
Stuart Farley
Stuart Farley
CG Supervisor
Martin Chamney
Martin Chamney
Stunt Coordinator
Rob Inch
Rob Inch
Camera Operator
Cosmo Campbell
Cosmo Campbell
Camera Operator
Sara Deane
Sara Deane
Camera Operator
Jacques Haitkin
Jacques Haitkin
Camera Operator
Charles Libin
Charles Libin
Underwater Camera
Mark Silk
Mark Silk
Helicopter Camera
Ron Goodman
Ron Goodman
Still Photographer
Jasin Boland
Jasin Boland
Still Photographer
Hopper Stone
Hopper Stone
Lighting Technician
Harry Wiggins
Harry Wiggins
Lighting Technician
Frans Wetterings III
Frans Wetterings III
Lighting Technician
Jay Kemp
Jay Kemp
Rigging Gaffer
Austin Cross
Austin Cross
Rigging Gaffer
Roger Marbury
Roger Marbury
First Assistant Editor
Tom Harrison-Read
Tom Harrison-Read
First Assistant Editor
Kevin Hickman
Kevin Hickman
Visual Effects Editor
Tina Richardson
Tina Richardson
Digital Intermediate
Rob Farris
Rob Farris
Music Editor
Daniel Pinder
Daniel Pinder
Music Editor
Richard Whitfield
Richard Whitfield
Transportation Coordinator
Samuel Sharpe
Samuel Sharpe
Location Manager
Mark Sansone
Mark Sansone
Script Supervisor
Annie Penn
Annie Penn
Location Manager
Charles Harrington
Charles Harrington
Location Manager
Colleen Gibbons
Colleen Gibbons
Location Manager
Ravi Dube
Ravi Dube
Translator
Owliya A. Dima
Owliya A. Dima
Location Manager
Driss Benchhiba
Driss Benchhiba
Script Supervisor
Julia Chiavetta
Julia Chiavetta
Hair Designer
Frances Hannon
Frances Hannon
Makeup Designer
Frances Hannon
Frances Hannon
Armorer
David Fencl
David Fencl
Special Effects Supervisor
Dominic Tuohy
Dominic Tuohy
Casting Associate
Kathy Driscoll
Kathy Driscoll
Casting Associate
David Pinkus
David Pinkus
Casting Associate
Lynn Younglove
Lynn Younglove
Set Decoration
Dominic Capon
Dominic Capon

kineticandroid

Allow me to start with what you likely have already read — this film is well-crafted and tense procedural about a true story. The fact that I still found it tense and exciting, even when I already knew the ending (including the oft-mentioned Captain Phillips ending scene) is a high compliment. So why tell this story? I took it as a meditation on powerlessness, a film that didn't deal with heroes or villains, only victims. There's a shipping crew that is easily sought out by pirates, and there are the pirates that ultimately fail. In either case, it's not as if either side feels in control of their destiny. They're just playing to some largely unseen authority. After the crew deflects the first attempted piracy in the film, one character says that as a union member, he didn't sign up for this kind of danger. The reaction? He chose to work on a ship that went around the horn of Africa. "What did you expect?" he's asked. Later, when one of the pirates steps on broken glass and injures he foot, he's asked the very same question by his leaders. Even the two competing captains — the pirate and the title character — ultimately are swayed (or saved) by the power of the state. What did they expect? To be the one in control?

Andres Gomez

Well done movie, good script and exceptional performances. Specially by Hanks and Abdi but also the rest of the pirates crew. Hanks could have won the Oscar for this one.

DoryDarko

Let me begin by saying that Captain Phillips, as an action film, turned out to be much more than I had initially anticipated. I was expecting half drama / half moderate action film with likely a good dash of political hopscotch. It's probably a good thing then, that I knew next to nothing about the actual story, because I love a good surprise. Captain Phillips is two hours of absolutely intense and absolutely uncompromising physical and psychological anxiety. At the end of it, I literally had to sit for a minute and just breathe, because this story gripped me by the throat like few films in recent memory have. For those still unfamiliar with the story – this is a retelling of a historical event; the first US cargo ship in 200 years to be hijacked by pirates. During which, its captain Richard Phillips is taken hostage by the pirates, on his own lifeboat no less. I got the sense that, somewhere in between the lines it was the director's intention to perhaps create an opening for a different story to be told: that of the Somali pirates, and why they do what they do. We are told that they are fishermen, and sheer poverty has driven them to these desperate acts. However, I don't know for sure if I'm supposed to feel any sympathy for these men, if I was supposed to 'understand' their motives – if this was Paul Greengrass' intention, it didn't work. Because no matter which way you swing it, these pirates are the bad guys and that's as clear as day. No degree of poverty or despair should be held as an excuse for such gruesome acts. Then again, if this was at all the point, I'm glad it wasn't hammered down in any way. It was merely a thought, and one conveyed subtly enough for anyone to make up their own mind about this issue. What is clear here, is that these men (only four of them, surprisingly) committed a terrible crime. Not even so much the piracy itself, but the kidnapping and abuse of one individual. This individual is played by Tom Hanks, and he delivers one of his most eloquent and restrained performances to date. Here is a man, a captain of a large cargo ship, who is usually very much in control of his life and a clearheaded leader of his crew – but who, in the heat of reality, is just as human as any of us and simply does the best he can, even when (in spite of overwhelming protocol) one simply doesn't know what to do. Because protocol doesn't apply to the emotions that take control of both the captain and his captors, when they face a situation none of them anticipated. This is immediately one if my favourite performances by Tom Hanks, whose strength here lies mostly in the quiet moments in between all the chaos surrounding him. You can tell that he never stops thinking, never stops analyzing his situation, no matter what the pirates do to intimidate him. He conveys it all in the eyes – all the fear and anxiety, while constantly staying calm and collected, trying to talk to his captors, never losing his head. Even when fighting for his life, there is an assertive calmness that comes across so strongly that you can do nothing but admire this man. Hanks' performance is so convincing, it almost doesn't look like acting anymore... and that's a huge compliment. The same goes for the other actors, especially the men playing the Somali pirates. Before being cast for this film, none of them had any acting experience, which makes their performances all the more impressive. Then, it also makes one wonder how much of a compliment it actually is when a director literally picks you off the street because apparently he thinks that you're perfectly fit for the part of a menacing pirate, but that's food for another discussion, another time... In any case, he was right about them. These men ARE absolutely convincing and authentic. Especially the leader of the gang, played by Barkhad Abdi, is right on the money. He needs nothing more than the look in his eyes to convince you that you're right to feel absolutely terrified of him. From a technical standpoint, Captain Phillips is very well made. My only grievance is Greengrass' typical trademark: the shaky handy-cam. Here and there it's almost enough to make you seasick, and I really wish he would ease up on this gimmick, because although it adds to the feeling of suspense and chaos, that doesn't weigh up to the headache it causes. Steady-cam was invented for a reason, mister director. Use it. Still, the other qualities of the film are easily strong enough to make up for this one point of critique. The pacing is excellent, it grips you like a pitbull and never lets go until the credits roll in. Colouring and lighting effects are perfectly used for an incredibly realistic feel and claustrophobic atmosphere. Everything feels very real and absolutely no sentimental plot devices are exploited here. Top-notch screen writing. I can do nothing other than strongly recommend this film. It is very intense and at times very violent, and definitely one of the best films in its genre. And if this doesn't convince you, see it for one of Tom Hanks' best performances of his career. _(December 2014)_

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