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1,908 Ratings

Captain Phillips

Directed by Paul Greengrass
United States, 2013
Drama, Thriller


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.

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Captain Phillips Directed by Paul Greengrass

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2014 | 6 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | 2 nominations including: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2013 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

…There are subtler aspects in Captain Phillips, which this embarrassingly tone-deaf drama misunderstands or ignores. In a world where almost everything is deemed ‘offensive’ by some group or other, the near-unanimous acclaim for this very dodgy movie is bewildering.
November 04, 2013
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This is a film that boasts an unforgettable central turn from Tom Hanks, his finest since early Noughties double-header Road to Perdition and Catch Me If You Can. It’s a role that feels tailor-made for an actor whose talent has always shined brightest in those moments of contemplative solitude so rarely afforded in mainstream cinema.
October 17, 2013
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It’s the rare movie about Western guilt that doesn’t wallow or pity. What some moviegoers will experience in that lifeboat is not Stockholm syndrome. It’s a hard, searing empathy. In every Greengrass movie, what’s at stake is both personal and political. But Captain Phillips represents a subtle new risk for his globalist existentialism.
October 11, 2013
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