Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

  • 2013
  • PG-13
  • 134 min
  • USA
  • biography, drama, thriller

Somali pirates attack Maersk Alabama, a container ship, while it is on its course to Kenya. Richard Phillips, the captain of the ship, uses his wits to negotiate with them to save his crew.

Director: Paul Greengrass

Writer: Billy Ray

Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey

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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  • Paul Greengrass
    Paul Greengrass
    Paul Greengrass (born 13 August 1955) is an English film director, screenwriter and former journalist. He specialises in dramatisations of real-life events and is known for his signature use of hand-held cameras.

Main Cast


  • Chris Vognar (Dallas Morning News)

    We're in the steady hands of Paul Greengrass, a director fully aware that convincing crisis stories involve conflicting interests and passions.

  • David Harris (Spectrum Culture)

    Nothing feels false and in its final 30 minutes Captain Phillips is damned near perfect. | Full Review...

  • Robbie Collin (Daily Telegraph)

    This is both Hanks's and Greengrass's best and sturdiest work in a decade; a film that feels less written, acted and shot than smelted, fused and riveted. | Full Review...


Tagline: Out here survival is everything.

Source: based upon the book by Richard Phillips

Certificate: PG-13

Genres: biography, drama, thriller

Categories: piracy, somalia, hijacking, cargo ship, horn of africa, hostage, ransom, ship captain, merchant mariner, die hard scenario, special forces, negotiator, u.s. navy, crew, culture clash, ak 47, warlord, commando unit, fisherman, kenya, warship, oman, international trade


Producer: Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

Editor: Christopher Rouse

Casting: Francine Maisler, Debbie DeLisi, Daniel Hubbard

Director of photography: Barry Ackroyd

Original music composer: Henry Jackman

Costume design: Mark Bridges

Executive producer: Eli Bush, Gregory Goodman, Kevin Spacey

Production design: Paul Kirby

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 134 min

Country: USA

Language: English, Somali

Sound Mix: SDDS, Datasat, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround 7.1

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Color: Color