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Captain Phillips
Captain Phillips Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Greengrass
Produced byMichael De Luca
Dana Brunetti
Scott Rudin
Written byBilly Ray
Based onA Captain's Duty 
by Richard Phillips
Stephan Talty
StarringTom Hanks
Barkhad Abdi
Music byHenry Jackman
CinematographyBarry Ackroyd
Editing byChristopher Rouse
StudioMichael De Luca Productions
Scott Rudin Productions
Trigger Street Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • October 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)
Running time134 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Somali
Budget$55 million
Box office$217,560,040[2]
 
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Captain Phillips
Captain Phillips Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPaul Greengrass
Produced byMichael De Luca
Dana Brunetti
Scott Rudin
Written byBilly Ray
Based onA Captain's Duty 
by Richard Phillips
Stephan Talty
StarringTom Hanks
Barkhad Abdi
Music byHenry Jackman
CinematographyBarry Ackroyd
Editing byChristopher Rouse
StudioMichael De Luca Productions
Scott Rudin Productions
Trigger Street Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • October 11, 2013 (2013-10-11)
Running time134 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Somali
Budget$55 million
Box office$217,560,040[2]

Captain Phillips is a 2013 American thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. The film is based on the true story of 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, an incident during which merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips was taken hostage by pirates in the Indian Ocean led by Abduwali Muse.

The screenplay was written by Billy Ray, and is based on the 2010 book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca served as producers on the project. It premiered at the 2013 New York Film Festival,[3] and was theatrically released on October 11, 2013.[4] The film emerged as a box office success with earnings of over $217 million against a budget of $55 million. In 2014, Captain Phillips received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Abdi.[5]

Plot[edit]

Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) takes command of the MV Maersk Alabama, an unarmed container ship from Port of Salalah in Oman, with orders to sail through the Gulf of Aden to Mombasa, round the Horn of Africa. Wary of pirate activity off the coast of Somalia, the captain orders strict security precautions on the vessel and carries out practice drills.

During a drill, the vessel is chased by Somali pirates in two skiffs; Phillips succeeds in outrunning them when one gives up after hearing Phillips on the radio calling for immediate military air support (a bluff) and the other loses engine power while trying to gain speed under the rough water Captain Phillips created. The next day one of the skiffs returns with four heavily armed pirates led by Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi); they are carrying a ladder they had hastily welded the night before. Despite the best efforts of Phillips and his crew, the pirates board and take control of the Maersk Alabama, capturing Captain Phillips after he cuts the ship's engine power and tells the crew to hide in the ship's engine room. Phillips offers Muse the contents of the ship's safe ($30,000), but, under orders from his boss (the local Somali faction leader), Muse's plan is to ransom the ship and crew in exchange for millions of dollars of insurance money from the shipping company.

A crew member manages to cut the ship's emergency power, plunging the lower decks into darkness. As Muse, the pirate captain, attempts to search the engine room, the crew members overpower him. Negotiating with the other three pirates, one with badly injured feet, the crewmen arrange to trade Phillips for Muse and the ship's lifeboat. The pirates force Phillips onto the lifeboat and launch it, intending to hold the captain for ransom.

As the lifeboat heads for the shore, tensions flare between the pirates as they run low on the herb stimulant khat, lose contact with their mother ship, and are later intercepted by the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Bainbridge. Once additional U.S. Navy ships arrive, Phillips attempts to negotiate with Muse, who asserts that he has come too far and will not surrender. In the meantime, the Bainbridge's captain Frank Castellano (Yul Vazquez) is ordered to prevent the pirates from reaching the mainland by whatever means necessary.

That night, Phillips is able to escape and swims towards the ships. The navy cannot identify the swimmer as Phillips, and therefore they take no action. The pirates fire shots at him; he swims back to the lifeboat. The further agitated pirates are also unaware that a SEAL team has parachuted in to intervene.

While three SEAL marksmen get into positions to fire a simultaneous shot at each of the pirates on the lifeboat, Castellano and the SEALs continue to try to negotiate with the pirates, eventually taking the lifeboat under tow. Eventually, Muse agrees to board the Bainbridge, believing he will join his clan elders in negotiating Phillips's ransom. In the lifeboat, one of the more agitated pirates, Najee, catches Phillips writing a goodbye note to his wife. When he tries to take the note away, Phillips attacks Najee, but is quickly restrained and beaten.

Najee decides to take full control; the pirates tie Phillips up and blindfold him, and the Bainbridge crew stops the tow. As Phillips is about to be executed, the three SEAL marksmen finally get three clear shots and simultaneously kill the pirates. On board the Bainbridge, Muse is taken into custody and arrested for piracy. Phillips is rescued and treated. He is in shock and disoriented, but he thanks the rescue team for saving his life.

Cast[edit]

Tom Hanks (left) portrayed Richard Phillips (right).

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Shortly after the publication of Richard Phillips's memoir A Captain's Duty in 2010, Sony Pictures optioned the film rights. In March 2011, actor Tom Hanks attached himself to the project after reading a draft of the screenplay by Billy Ray.[7] During the following June, director Paul Greengrass was offered the helm of the then-untitled film adaptation.[8] A worldwide search subsequently began to find the film's supporting Somali cast. From this search, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Faysal Ahmed, and Mahat M. Ali were chosen from among more than 700 participants at a 2011 casting call at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis. According to the search casting director, Debbie DeLisi, the four actors were selected because they were "the chosen ones, that anointed group that stuck out."[9]

Producers visited the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum to see the bullet-scarred, five-ton fiberglass lifeboat aboard which the pirates held Capt. Phillips hostage so that they could accurately re-create the boat and interiors for the set.[11] They were also able to view an example of the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle UAV, used to monitor the crisis,[12] as well as the Mark 11 Mod 0 (SR-25) sniper rifle (the type used by the U.S. Navy SEALs), both also on display at the museum.

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for Captain Phillips began on March 26, 2012.[13] Filming took place off the coast of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea.[4][14] Nine weeks were spent filming aboard the Alexander Maersk, a container ship identical to the Maersk Alabama; it was chartered on commercial terms.[15] The USS Truxtun, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and sister ship of USS Bainbridge, served as a set piece in the film.[16]

Music[edit]

The film score to Captain Phillips was composed by Henry Jackman.[17] A soundtrack album for the film was released in physical forms on October 15, 2013 by Varèse Sarabande.[18] Additional songs featured in the film include:[19]

Release[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Captain Phillips grossed $25,718,314 in its opening weekend, good for second place at the box office behind Gravity's $43.2 million. As of January 14, 2014, the film has grossed $106,735,000 in North America, and $110,700,5024 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $217,435,024.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Captain Phillips premiered on September 28, 2013, opening the 2013 New York Film Festival. The film was praised for its direction, screenplay, production values, cinematography, and the performances of Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi.[20][21][22]

Captain Phillips received widespread critical acclaim. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports a 94% approval critic response based on 231 reviews, with a "Certified Fresh" and an average score of 8.3/10. The site's consensus reads: "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."[23] Metacritic gives the film a score of 83/100 based on 48 reviews of a "Universal Acclaim".[24]

The film was nominated for 4 Golden Globes, including Best Picture (Drama), Best Actor in a Drama (Hanks), Best Supporting Actor (Abdi) and Best Director (Greengrass). It did not win in any of the categories. The film was also nominated for 9 BAFTA Awards, including Best Film, Best Director (Greengrass), Best Actor (Hanks), Best Supporting Actor (Abdi) and Best Adapted Screenplay. Abdi won the films only BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.

Home media[edit]

Captain Phillips was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on January 21, 2014.[25]

Accolades[edit]

Awards
AwardCategoryRecipients and nomineesResult
67th British Academy Film Awards[26]Best FilmNominated
Best DirectorPaul GreengrassNominated
Best Actor in a Leading RoleTom HanksNominated
Best Actor in a Supporting RoleBarkhad AbdiWon
Best Adapted ScreenplayBilly RayNominated
Best CinematographyBarry AckroydNominated
Best Original MusicHenry JackmanNominated
Best SoundNominated
Best EditingChristopher RouseNominated
71st Golden Globe AwardsBest Motion Picture – DramaNominated
Best Actor – Motion Picture DramaTom HanksNominated
Best Supporting Actor – Motion PictureBarkhad AbdiNominated
Best DirectorPaul GreengrassNominated
86th Academy AwardsBest PicturePending
Best Supporting ActorBarkhad AbdiPending
Best Adapted ScreenplayBilly RayPending
Best Film EditingChristopher RousePending
Best Sound EditingOliver TarneyPending
Best Sound MixingChris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris MunrodPending
AACTA International Awards[27]Best FilmNominated
Best DirectionPaul GreengrassNominated
Best ActorTom HanksNominated
Alliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleBarkhad AbdiNominated
Best Screenplay, AdaptedBilly RayNominated
Best EditingChristopher RouseNominated
American Cinema Editors[28]Best Edited Feature Film - DramaticChristopher RouseWon
American Film Institute[29]Top Ten Films of the YearMichael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Scott RudinWon
Art Directors Guild[30]Excellence in Production Design - Contemporary FilmPaul KirbyNominated
Black Reel Awards[31]Outstanding Supporting ActorBarkhad AbdiWon
Outstanding Breakthrough Performance - MaleBarkhad AbdiWon
Chicago Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting ActorBarkhad AbdiNominated
Most Promising PerformerBarkhad AbdiNominated
Detroit Film Critics Society[32]Best DirectorPaul GreengrassNominated
Best ActorTom HanksNominated
Best Supporting ActorBarkhad AbdiNominated
Directors Guild of America Awards[33]Outstanding Direction - Feature FilmPaul GreengrassNominated
London Film Critics Circle Awards[34]Actor of the YearTom HanksNominated
Supporting Actor of the YearBarkhad AbdiWon
Director of the YearPaul GreengrassNominated
Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards[35][36]Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects & Foley in a Feature FilmOliver TarneyNominated
Best Sound Editing: Dialogue & ADR in a Feature FilmOliver TarneyWon
Online Film Critics Society[37]Best ActorTom HanksNominated
Best Supporting ActorBarkhad AbdiNominated
People's Choice AwardsFavorite Dramatic MovieNominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society[38]Best PictureNominated
Best DirectorPaul GreengrassNominated
Best Actor in a Leading RoleTom HanksNominated
Best Screenplay - AdaptationBilly RayNominated
Best Film EditingNominated
Producers Guild of America Awards[39]Best Theatrical Motion PictureNominated
San Diego Film Critics Society[40]Best ActorTom HanksNominated
Best Adapted ScreenplayBilly RayNominated
Best EditingChristopher RouseWon
San Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Supporting ActorBarkhad AbdiNominated
Best EditingChristopher RouseNominated
Satellite Awards[41]Best Motion PictureNominated
Best DirectorPaul GreengrassNominated
Best Actor – Motion PictureTom HanksNominated
Best Adapted ScreenplayBilly RayNominated
Best Sound (Editing and Mixing)Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, and Oliver TarneyNominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards[42]Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading RoleTom HanksNominated
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleBarkhad AbdiNominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association[43]Best Supporting ActorBarkhad AbdiNominated
Best Adapted ScreenplayBilly RayNominated
Best SceneThe scene near the end of the film when Phillips is being checked out by military medical personnel and breaks down.Nominated
USC Scripter Award[44]USC Libraries Scripter AwardRichard Philips, Stephan Talty, Billy RayNominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association[45]Best Adapted ScreenplayBilly RayNominated

Historical accuracy[edit]

In a New York Post article, some of the crew members of the Maersk Alabama accused the film of being inaccurate in facts and the portrayal of Phillips, claiming that Phillips was not heroic as the film depicts him.[46]

Mike Perry, the Chief Engineer of the Maersk Alabama, also asserted in a CNN interview that the film does not tell the true story.[47]

Despite complaints of inaccuracy with how the film portrays the events surrounding the hijacking, the film's director, Paul Greengrass, publicly stated that he "stands behind the authenticity of Captain Phillips [...] at the end of the day, it is easy to make anonymous accusations against a film [...] but the facts are clear [...] Captain Phillips' ship was attacked, and the ship and the crew and its cargo made it safely to port with no injuries or loss of life [...] That's the story we told, and it's an accurate one."[48]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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