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Captain Phillips (27-Sep-2013)

Director: Paul Greengrass

Writer: Billy Ray

Based on a book: A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty

Keywords: Drama, Biography, Hijacking

Biopic dramatizes the real-life tale of Captain Richard Phillips' experiences with a ship hijacking at the hands of Somali pirates.

Adapted from the non-fiction book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, Captain Phillips centers on Richard Phillips, merchant mariner and captain of the MV Maersk Alabama, as his American vessel is hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia in April of 2009. Forced into a life-or-death situation as the captain of the first American-flagged cargo ship to fall victim to a hijacking in two hundred years, Phillips must contend with forces of nature and humanity if he is to power through an ensuing standoff with Somali pirate captain and new-found nemesis Muse. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Tom Hanks
9-Jul-1956   Forrest Gump
Catherine Keener
23-Mar-1959   Maxine in Being John Malkovich
Max Martini
11-Dec-1969   Mack Gerhardt on The Unit
Chris Mulkey
3-May-1948   Bakersfield, P.D.


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