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  • Actors: Tom Hanks
  • Directors: Paul Greengrass
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2014
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2017 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,622 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JFUNKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,068 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Captain Phillips (DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy)" on IMDb

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Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. Based on a true story, the film focuses on the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks, Best Actor, 1993, Philadelphia; Best Actor, 1994, Forrest Gump), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. The two men are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

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Director Paul Greengrass has made a career out of not holding back, with a series of films (including United 93 and The Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum) that forcibly propel the audience out of bystander mode and into a visceral duck-and-cover reaction. (If he were a history teacher, his students would constantly be picking old gum out of their hair.) Captain Phillips, Greengrass's collaboration with a rarely better Tom Hanks, shows the filmmaker further refining his style, telling a true-life story of heroism with an immediacy that puts most movies based on fact out to staid pasture. Even if you know the historical record, there's no way to rest easy. Based on the book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea, the story follows Cpt. Rich Phillips (Hanks), a no-nonsense family man taken beyond the brink when his cargo ship's travel around the African Horn is disrupted by four pirates. As the captain attempts to protect his crew and placate his captors (led by the outstanding newcomer Barkhad Abdi), his options--as well as his surroundings--quickly narrow. Greengrass, working from a script by Billy Ray (Shattered Glass), delivers what often feels like a master class in thriller filmmaking, sketching out the geography in clean, quick lines while also giving room for his initially faceless villains to develop into complex three-dimensional figures. Two-plus hours is a long time for the nerves to remain jangled, admittedly, and the director's trademarked in-your-face handheld techniques can sometimes seem on the verge of overwhelming the narrative. (Even an early, innocuous ride to the airport is constructed like a panic attack.) What ultimately takes Captain Phillips to the next level, however, are the final moments, when Greengrass chooses to hold still and let Hanks assume control, in a scene that brilliantly lets the character finally react to the unimaginable pressures of his ordeal. In real life, as filmmaker and star unforgettably demonstrate, crisis moments never cut neatly to black. --Andrew Wright

Customer Reviews

Great movie, very good acting.
Anuman
I think a story based on true events is much more drama and the audience can identify with the characters in a much more satisfying way.
Deltadandyman
A true story about Somali pirates boarding a merchant ship and taking its Captain, Phillips, captive.
Julius

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192 of 218 people found the following review helpful By Whitt Patrick Pond TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 13, 2013
Format: DVD
Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips is the story of a 2009 incident that most people probably still remember, when a group of Somali pirates boarded an American cargo freighter, the Maersk Alabama, and after failing to gain control of the ship, took its captain, Richard Phillips, hostage, resulting in the US Navy mounting an intense rescue operation to recover Captain Phillips. Directed by Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum) from a script by Billy Ray (Breach, The Hunger Games) based on a book written by Phillips and Stephan Talty about the incident, Captain Phillips is a well-crafted, tense docu-drama that captures the intensity of the events as they played out, from the moment the Maersk Alabama first sees the approaching pirate crafts to the moment when Navy Seals make their assault, ending the situation with deadly finality and the successful rescue.

More than anything else, the core of Captain Phillips is the contest of wills that takes place between Phillips (a finely nuanced performance by veteran Tom Hanks) and the pirate leader Muse (an amazingly intense performance by first-time actor Barkhad Abdi). Phillips is determined to do everything he can to keep the pirates from gaining control of the ship and to keep his crew from being captured and held hostage, while Muse is determined to succeed in achieving the pirates' version of the American dream, against all odds and no matter what risks he and his men must take. Hanks' Phillips is a man who desperately hangs on to his sense of calm in the face of mounting danger because he knows it's his - and his crew's - only path to safety. And survival. Abdi's Muse is more complex.
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154 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Perry on September 12, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
One word, "Phenomenal" I could literally stop this review right there! I was invited to the first screening of the movie in Tampa and after having watched the trailer I knew for sure this was a movie I didn't want to miss. I accepted the invite and printed my tickets and informed friends of the screening so they could get theirs and then we waited for the day to arrive. In the meantime I began to research the story of the MV Maersk Alabama and the related hijackings.

First let me say this movie is a true story and seemed to match the details of the original story very accurately as it was based on the book "A Captain's Duty" penned by the man Richard Phillips himself and the screenplay was adapted from his book by Billy Ray.

The story begins introducing us to Captain Richard "Rich" Phillips and humanizes him through a discussion with his wife about their children. Within a few minutes, we're taken to a small village in Somalia where a band thugs arrives to pressure the locals into going back to the work of hijacking Marine Vessels and returning their cargo to the regional warlords where the ship is then ransomed back to the owners.

After a failed attempt to board the Maersk Alabama the pirates rejoin their mother ship and repair their boat and add a second engine to help the skiff catch the larger, more powerful vessel. The Crew users flairs, high pressure water hoses, a series of 30 degree turns in an attempt to fend off the pirates but, all their efforts fail as the ship is boarded and the skiff is sunk. The crew then goes into a series of rehearsed procedures in which most of them hide in the engine room where they take control of the ship and shut it down.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Open to great experiences on January 24, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I really underestimated this movie. I was not inclined to rent it, but I'm glad I did. The acting was superb; Hanks definitely gave an Oscar worthy performance, and the pirate captain was very convincing in his mixed emotions as things didn't go as planned. The script was riveting, leaving me at the edge of my seat the entire time.

Apparently, some of those who gave the movie only one star due to their perception of a ridiculous premise -- an unarmed crew with the captain shooting flares at the pirates -- don't realize the movie was based on actual events, that this was how the captain tried to defend his ship.

I also liked the fact that the piracy of an impoverished nation stemmed largely from the fact that fishing conglomerates had wiped out the fishing industry of Somalia, an important reminder of the damage our industries often impose on the economies
of other countries.

Would I recommend this movie? Absolutely, a truly worthy movie in terms of thought provoking as well as edge-of-your seat excitement in my opinion.
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67 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Archangel on January 24, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What a joke! Are they kidding me? They're telling us that there were 5 better acting performances by a leading man in 2013 than Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips ( not to mention Tom in Saving Mr. Banks as well!). Does the Academy hate Tom for some reason??? He rightly should have been nominated for BOTH films and most definitely should have won walking away with Captain Phillips. I'll NEVER watch the Oscars again.
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65 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on October 28, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I want you to close your eyes (not really, because then you couldn't read this) and imagine something for a moment. A weathered Bruce Willis sips his coffee while chatting up a group of young, muscle bound actors as they stare out at the open sea. Just as calm is setting in over the group, Willis sounds the alarms because there are pirates approaching. Next, we see Will Smith stagger into view as he wields a gun and tries his hardest to win an Oscar by talking with an uneven accent. He demands money, and lots of it, and next thing you know there is an all-out war as these seaman tear off their shirts, exposing their pulsating chest muscles, and race throughout the ship, taking out pirates left and right. Willis, who appeared old and weathered on the outset, turns out to be in better shape than he's ever been in his life and the finale centers on a meticulously choreographed fight sequence between him and Will Smith where he spews some one-liners and winds up single handedly rewriting history.

I shudder at the thought of what this movie would have turn into, had someone like Michael Bay directed it.

Thankfully, we don't really have to think much about that, since Michael Bay did NOT direct this. Paul Greengrass did, and while Greengrass has had his fair-share of directing action films (those Bourne sequels), he's done so with grit and class, and he's also managed to formulate some really interesting `adult' films (`United 93' still makes a serious impact on me). He's smart, and he understands that creating tension does not have to revolve around the obvious.

`Captain Phillips' snuck up on me. I was walking into this with some intrigue but little expectation. The reviews were strong, but I hadn't really read any of them.
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