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Title: Captain Phillips

Production Company: Michael De Luca Productions  
  Trigger Street Productions  
  Scott Rudin Productions  
Production Text:
Columbia Pictures Presents
A Scott Rudin Michael De Luca Trigger Street Production
A Film by Paul Greengrass
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures (A Sony Pictures Entertainment company)

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. 22 Oct 2013 PA1865102

Release Date: 11 Oct 2013
Premiere Information: World premiere at New York Film Festival: 27 Sep 2013; Los Angeles and New York openings: 11 Oct 2013
Duration (in mins): 134
PCA NO: 47635
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Country: United States
Language: English

Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby® Digital in Selected Theatres; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound; Datasat Digital Sound
  col:

Producer: Scott Rudin (Prod)
  Dana Brunetti (Prod)
  Michael De Luca (Prod)
  Gregory Goodman (Exec prod)
  Eli Bush (Exec prod)
  Kevin Spacey (Exec prod)
  Christopher Rouse (Co-prod)
  Michael Bronner (Co-prod)
Director: Paul Greengrass (Dir)
  Todd Lewis (Unit prod mgr)
  Gregory Goodman (Unit prod mgr)
  Chris Carreras (1st asst dir)
  Nick Shuttleworth (2d asst dir)
  Mark S. Constance (2d asst dir)
  Sam Breckman (Unit prod mgr)
  Tom Brewster (3d asst dir)
  Katryna Samut Tagliaferro (Unit prod mgr, Malta unit)
  Christopher Forster (2d unit dir, Malta 2d unit)
  Ahmed Hatimi (1st asst dir, Malta 2d unit)
  Colin Azzopardi (2d asst dir, Malta 2d unit)
  Julian Galea (3d asst dir, Malta 2d unit)
  Eric Fox Hays (2d unit 1st asst dir, Virginia unit)
  Steve Battaglia (2d unit 1st asst dir, Virginia unit)
  Jason Altieri (2d unit 2d asst dir, Virginia unit)
Writer: Billy Ray (Scr)
Photography: Barry Ackroyd (Dir of photog)
  Cosmo Campbell (Cam op)
  Oliver Driscoll (1st asst cam)
  Glenn Coulman (2d asst cam)
  Harry Wiggins (Chief lighting tech)
  Chris Mortley (Asst chief lighting tech)
  Kevin Fraser (Key grip)
  Anthony Benjamin (Best boy grip)
  Dave Rist (Dolly grip)
  Hopper Stone (Still photog)
  Jasin Boland (Still photog)
  Mark Silk (Underwater dir of photog, Malta unit)
  Matthew Wesson (Underwater 1st asst cam, Malta unit)
  Bernie Prentice (Underwater gaffer, Malta unit)
  Niels Reedtz Johansen (Dir of photog, Malta 2d unit)
  Sara Deane (Cam op, Malta 2d unit)
  Russell Kennedy (1st asst cam, Malta 2d unit)
  William Morris (2d asst cam, Malta 2d unit)
  Jacques Haitkin ("C" cam op, Virginia unit)
  Kristopher Hardy (1st asst "B" cam, Virginia unit)
  Ethan Borsuk (1st asst "C" cam, Virginia unit)
  Tonja Greenfield (2d asst "A" cam, Virginia unit)
  Jordan Boston Jones (2d asst "B" cam, Virginia unit)
  Sam Pearcy (2d asst "C" cam, Virginia unit)
  Ronald Goodman (Aerial dir of photog, Virginia unit)
  Jay Kemp (Chief lighting tech, Virginia unit)
  Thomas Keenan (Best boy elec, Virginia unit)
  Austin Cross (Rigging gaffer, Virginia unit)
  Charles Marroquin (Key grip, Virginia unit)
  Nick Haines-Stiles (Best boy grip, Virginia unit)
  Andrew Sweeney (Dolly grip, Virginia unit)
  James Heerdegen (Dolly grip, Virginia unit)
  Charles A. Harris (Key rigging grip, Virginia unit)
  Charlie Libin ("B" cam op, Boston unit)
  Christopher Raymond (1st asst "B" cam, Boston unit)
  Frans Weterrings (Chief lighting tech, Boston unit)
  Roger Marbury (Rigging gaffer, Boston unit)
  Frank A. Montesanto (Key grip, Boston unit)
  Geoff Rockwell (Best boy grip, Boston unit)
Art Direction: Paul Kirby (Prod des)
  Charlo Dalli (Art dir, Malta unit)
  Raymond Pumilia (Art dir, Virginia unit)
  Paul G. Richards (Art dir, Boston unit)
Film Editor: Christopher Rouse (Ed)
  Mark Fitzgerald (Addl ed)
  Tom Harrison-Read (1st asst ed)
  Kevin Hickman (1st asst ed)
  Esther Bailey (Asst ed)
  Kim Boritz (Apprentice ed)
  Jason Overbeck (Apprentice ed)
  Mo Henry (Negative cutter)
Set Decoration: Dominic Capon (Set dec)
  David Cheesman (Prop master)
  Kevin Antony (Const coord)
  Peter Russell (Set des)
  Steven H. George (Prop master, Virginia unit)
  Stephen G. Shifflette (Leadman, Virginia unit)
  Keith Jackson (On set dresser, Virginia unit)
  J. Edward Fitzgerald (Asst prop master, Virginia unit)
  Larry Dias (Set dec, Boston unit)
  Robin L. Miller (Prop master, Boston unit)
  Joseph Kearney (Const coord, Boston unit)
Costumes: Mark Bridges (Cost des)
  Mark A. Peterson (Cost supv)
  Ernest Camilleri (Cost coord, Malta unit)
  David Fencl (Key armorer, Virginia unit)
  Lynda Foote (Cost supv, Boston unit)
Music: Henry Jackman (Mus)
  Michael Higham (Mus supv)
  Jack Dolman (Supv mus ed)
  Daniel Pinder (Mus ed)
  Richard Whitfield (Mus ed)
  Nick Glennie-Smith (Cond)
  Stephen Coleman (Orch)
  Al Clay (Score rec, mixed and prod)
  Steven Kofsky (Mus prod services)
  Peter Rotter (Mus contractor)
  Alex Belcher (Synth programming)
  Kevin Globerman (Synth programming)
  Al Clay (Addl mus)
  Jack Dolman (Addl mus)
Sound: Chris Munro (Prod mixer)
  Tim Fraser (Prod mixer)
  Stephen Finn (Boom op)
  Chris Burdon (Re-rec mixer)
  Mark Taylor (Re-rec mixer)
  Mike Prestwood Smith (Re-rec mixer)
  Oliver Tarney (Supv sd ed)
  James Harrison (Sd eff des)
  Michael Fentum (Sd eff des)
  Rachael Tate (Asst sd ed)
  Bjørn Ole Schroeder (Supv dial ed)
  Rob Killick (Dial ed)
  Dillon Bennett (Sd eff ed)
  Simon Chase (Supv ADR ed)
  Mark Taylor (Foley ed)
  Peter Burgis (Foley artist)
  Jason Swanscott (Foley artist)
  Glen Gathard (Foley mixer)
  De Lane Lea London (Post sd services provided by)
  William Towers (Boom op, Malta 2d unit)
  John Babas Farrugia (Video assist, Malta 2d unit)
  Richard Bullock (Boom op, Virginia unit)
  Alex Applefeld (Video assist, Virginia unit)
  Pud Cusack (Sd mixer, Boston unit)
  Joel Reidy (Boom op, Boston unit)
  Joshua L. T. Pressey (Video assist, Boston unit)
Special Effects: Dominic Tuohy (Spec eff supv)
  Tina Richardson (VFX ed)
  Caius Man (Spec eff coord, Virginia unit)
  Matt Curtis (Titles)
  Dan Barrow (Visual eff prod)
  Double Negative (Visual eff by)
  Charlie Noble (VFX supv, Double Negative)
  Andy Taylor (VFX prod, Double Negative)
  Stuart Farley (CG supv, Double Negative)
  Tilman Paulin (Compositing supv, Double Negative)
  Danielle Legovich (VFX line prod, Double Negative)
  Judith Gericke (Coord, Double Negative)
  Mariana Mandelli (Coord, Double Negative)
  Sara Emack (Coord, Double Negative)
  Huw J. Evans (CG seq supv, Double Negative)
  Isaac Layish (Compositing seq supv, Double Negative)
  Michael Bell (Compositing seq supv, Double Negative)
  Scott Pritchard (Compositing seq supv, Double Negative)
  Russell Bowen (On-set lead data wrangler, Double Negative)
  Eloise Payne (On-set data wrangler, Double Negative)
  Craig Crane (On-set lidar, Double Negative)
  Soren Pedersen (Storyboard artist, Double Negative)
  Tito Fernandes (Previs artist, Double Negative)
  Adam Hammond (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Alicia Aguilera (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Ben Dick (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Carlos Caballero Valdes (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Charlie Ellis (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Christopher Jacques (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Graeme Eglin (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Jim O'Hagan (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Judy Barr (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Kamelia Chabane (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Kia Coates (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Kirsty Clark (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Peter Howlett (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Philip Smith (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Stephen Tew (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Susanne Becker (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Tara Walker (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Will Martindale (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Yuko Kimoto (Compositor, Double Negative)
  Christian Furr (Matte painter, Double Negative)
  David Hyde (FX supv, Double Negative)
  Jamie Haydock (FX seq supv, Double Negative)
  Alessandro Costa (FX artist, Double Negative)
  Claire Harrison (FX artist, Double Negative)
  Yu Zhang (FX artist, Double Negative)
  John M. Dowell (FX artist, Double Negative)
  Terry Marriott (FX artist, Double Negative)
  Viktor Rietveld (FX artist, Double Negative)
  Christian Bull (CG artist, Double Negative)
  Richard Durant (CG artist, Double Negative)
  Derek Gillingham (Texture artist, Double Negative)
  Melissa Lee (Prep artist, Double Negative)
  Carlos Conceicao (Roto artist, Double Negative)
  Eleonor Lindvall (Roto artist, Double Negative)
  Luann Hall (Roto artist, Double Negative)
  Mark Tica (Roto artist, Double Negative)
  Martin Nečas-Niessner (Roto artist, Double Negative)
  Michael Lowry (Roto artist, Double Negative)
  Milad Firoozian (Roto artist, Double Negative)
  Peter Welton (Roto artist, Double Negative)
  David Crabtree (Matchmove supv, Double Negative)
  Kim Dunne (Matchmove artist, Double Negative)
  Edward Cross (VFX ed, Double Negative)
  Patrick Dean (Asst VFX ed/Previs ed, Double Negative)
  Pete Hanson (I/O supv, Double Negative)
  Nvizible (Addl visual eff by)
  Adam Rowland (VFX supv, Nvizible)
  Kristopher Wright (VFX prod, Nvizible)
  Lisa Kelly (VFX coord, Nvizible)
  Moti Biran (Compositor, Nvizible)
  Gavin Digby (Compositor, Nvizible)
  Riccardo Gambi (Compositor, Nvizible)
  Charlotte Larive (Compositor, Nvizible)
  Simon-Pierre Puech (Compositor, Nvizible)
  Matt Kasmir (Compositor, Nvizible)
  Martin Chamney (CG supv, Nvizible)
  Stefan Gerstheimer (CG supv, Nvizible)
  Oliver Cubbage (CG artist, Nvizible)
  Proof (Addl visual eff by)
  Zissis Paptzikis (2D compositor, Proof)
Make Up: Frances Hannon (Makeup/Hair des)
  Bianca Muscat (Makeup artist, Malta unit)
  Dorey Sheppard (Makeup/Hair artist, Malta unit)
  Trish Seeney (Key makeup artist, Virginia unit)
  Brenda McNally (Key hair stylist, Virginia unit)
Production Misc: Francine Maisler (Casting)
  Annie Penn (Scr supv)
  Jonathan Scott (Prod coord)
  Kevin Baulcomb (Prod secy)
  Edward Allen (Prod controller)
  Stan Conger (Accountant)
  Becky Maxwell (Accountant)
  Lucy Herrera (Accountant)
  Daniel Franey Malone (Marine coord)
  Michael Douglas {Marine} (Asst marine coord)
  Alex Worman (Unit pub)
  Amy Lord (Asst to Mr. Greengrass)
  Jason Shrier (Asst to Mr. Rudin)
  Dan Sarrow (Asst to Mr. Rudin)
  Kristen Detwiler (Asst to Mr. De Luca)
  Andrew Alderete (Asst to Mr. Brunetti)
  Tamazin Simmonds (Asst to Mr. Goodman)
  Allison Diamond (Asst to Mr. Hanks)
  Clare Aldington (Prod asst)
  Jimmy Buxton (Prod asst)
  Joseph Quinn (Prod asst)
  Amy Roberts (Prod asst)
  Denise Rowena Formosa (Prod asst)
  Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler (Casting assoc)
  Elizabeth Chodar (Casting asst)
  Michelle White (Casting asst)
  Dan Hubbard (UK casting)
  Gemma Sykes (UK casting assoc)
  Debbie DeLisi (Minnesota casting)
  Lynn Younglove (Minnesota casting assoc)
  David Pinkus (Extras casting)
  William Grantham (C-130 logistical coord)
  Ronald Alan Lee (C-130 jumper)
  Keith A. Pritchett (C-130 jumper)
  Shawn A. Tufts (C-130 jumper)
  Nix White (C-130 jumper)
  Larry E. Summerfield, II (C-130 jumper)
  Owliya A. Dima (Somali translator)
  Mohamedamin Isaq Abdulrahman (Somali translator)
  Samuel Sharpe (Transportation capt)
  Michael Solinger (Post prod supv)
  Rebecca Adams (Post prod coord)
  Luke Clare (Post prod asst)
  Adoma Ananeh-Firempong (Post prod asst)
  Vanessa Baker (Voice casting)
  Mediterranean Film Studios (Prod services by, Malta unit)
  Mark Sansone (Loc mgr, Malta unit)
  Ravi Dube (Loc mgr, Malta unit)
  Thomas Schembri (Asst loc mgr, Malta unit)
  Sallie Beechinor (Prod coord, Malta unit)
  Diana Navia Arca (Asst prod coord, Malta unit)
  Laurence Chisholm (Prod secy, Malta unit)
  Yolanda Galea (Accountant, Malta unit)
  Karen Xuereb (Prod asst, Malta unit)
  Sarah Michelle Attard (Prod asst, Malta unit)
  Abigail Borg (Dive coord, Malta unit)
  Julia Chiavetta (Scr supv, Malta 2d unit)
  Colleen Gibbons (Loc mgr, Virginia unit)
  Scott Hatfield (Prod asst, Virginia unit)
  Harry Fallon (Prod asst, Virginia unit)
  Eric Casey (Tech adv, Virginia unit)
  Richard G. Hoffman (Tech adv, Virginia unit)
  Bruce A. Ross (Marine coord, Virginia unit)
  Charles Harrington (Loc mgr, Boston unit)
  Shari LaFranchi Blakney (Prod office coord, Boston unit)
  Khadija Alami (Morocco - Line prod)
  Driss Benchhiba (Morocco - Prod loc mgr)
  Widad Taha (Morocco - Prod coord)
  Technicolor (Dailies by)
Stand In: Rob Inch (Stunt coord)
  Stuart Clark (Asst stunt coord)
  Marvin Stewart-Campbell (Stunts)
  Morgan Chetcuti (Stunts)
  George Cottle (Stunts)
  Julius Denem (Stunts)
  Jon Donahue (Stunts)
  Rick English (Stunts)
  Bobby Holland-Hanton (Stunts)
  Rowley Irlam (Stunts)
  Lurye Lomuro (Stunts)
  Buster Reeves (Stunts)
  Florian Robin (Stunts)
  Mens-Sana Tamakloe (Stunts)
  Philip Somerville (Stunts)
  Anthony Thomas Genova (Stunts)
  Will Willoughby (Stunts)
  Karanja Yorke (Stunts)
Color Personnel: CO3 London (Digital intermediate by)
  Rob Pizzey (Digital col)
  Rob Farris (Digital intermediate prod)

Music Text:
Song Text: "Up In Here," written by Kovasciar Myvette, performed by Kovas, courtesy of Downtown Music Services, by arrangement with Infinite Rhythm; "Hilm B Hilm," written and performed by Musa Hanhan, courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation; "Wonderful Tonight," written and performed by Eric Clapton, courtesy of Polydor Records Ltd., under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "The End," written and performed by John Powell, courtesy of Universal Studios.
Source Text: Based on the book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty.
Source Authors: Richard Phillips
  Stephan Talty
Music Composer: Eric Clapton
  Musa Hanhan
  Kovasciar Myvette
  John Powell

Cast:   Tom Hanks (Captain Richard Phillips)  
    Barkhad Abdi (Muse)  
    Barkhad Abdirahman (Bilal)  
    Faysal Ahmed (Najee)  
    Mahat M. Ali (Elmi)  
    Michael Chernus (Shane Murphy)  
    Corey Johnson (Ken Quinn)  
    Max Martini (SEAL commander)  
    Chris Mulkey (John Cronan)  
    Yul Vazquez (Captain Frank Castellano)  
    David Warshofsky (Mike Perry)  
    Catherine Keener (Andrea Phillips)  
    Omar Berdouni (Nemo)  
    Mohamed Ali (Asad)  
    Issak Farah Samatar (Hufan)  
  Maersk Alabama crew: Thomas Grube    
    Mark Holden    
    San Shella    
    Terence Anderson    
    Marc Anwar    
    David Webber    
    Amr El-Bayoumi    
    Vincenzo Nicoli    
    Kapil Arun    
    Louis Mahoney    
    Peter Landi    
    Angus MacInnes    
    Ian Ralph    
    Kristian Hjordt Beck    
  [and] Kurt Larsen    
    Bader Choukouko (Somali boy)  
  Pirate leaders: Idurus Shiish    
    Azeez Mohammed    
  [and] Abdurazak Ahmed Adan    
  Asad's crew: Duran Mohamed Hassan    
    Nasir Jama    
  [and] Kadz Souleiman    
  Navy SEAL group: Scott Oates    
    David Meadows    
    Shad Jason Hamilton    
    Adam Wendling    
    Billy Jenkins    
    Mark Semos    
    Dean Franchuk    
    Rey Hernandez    
    Christopher Stadulis    
    Roger Edwards    
    John Patrick Barry    
    Raleigh Morse    
    Dale McClellan    
    Hugh Middleton    
  [and] Raymond Care    
    Stacha Hicks (UKMTO officer)  
    Will Bowden (US Maritime officer)  
    Leonard Anderson (USS Bainbridge VBSS officer)  

Summary: In Underhill, Vermont, Captain Richard Phillips prepares for a voyage from Oman to Kenya on the cargo ship, Maersk Alabama, and his wife, Andrea, accompanies him to the airport. Meanwhile, gangsters who work for the warlord, Garaad, give orders to a group of pirates in Eyl, Somalia, including a skinny young man named Muse. Although the pirates claim they stopped a ship the week before, the gangsters insist they go back to sea. On the beach, Muse chooses a crew for his skiff, including Bilal, an eager teenager, and Elmi, who offers to steer. Capt. Phillips arrives at the Port of Salalah in Oman, where the Maersk Alabama, is being loaded with containers of commercial goods, food aid, and fresh water. Shane Murphy, the first mate, shows Capt. Phillips the route they will sail to Kenya via the Somali Basin, and the captain instructs him to tighten security. At sea, the pirates study a sonar device and single out the Maersk Alabama as an easy target because the ship is sailing without escort. Capt. Phillips receives an email warning about piracy and orders a surprise security drill the next morning. During the drill, two of the pirate skiffs appear on Capt. Phillips's sonar device, and he instructs Shane to change direction. Although the ship gains speed, the pirates continue to advance, and Shane tries to contact the U.S. Maritime Emergency office to no avail. Capt. Phillips reports the situation to the U.K. Maritime Trade Operations in Dubai, but the operator suggests the men are merely fishermen. When the pirates close in on the ship, Capt. Phillips makes a fake call to a warship. Overhearing the call on their radio, one group of pirates turns back, but Muse's skiff forges ahead until it loses power and drifts. That night, Capt. Phillips congratulates his crew on their performance but informs them they must work double shifts until the Maersk Alabama has made it through dangerous waters. When crewmember John Cronan complains that he is not paid enough to fight pirates, the captain reprimands him for his attitude. Before going to sleep, Capt. Phillips writes an email to his wife but does not mention the thwarted attack. The next morning, Muse's skiff approaches again. Capt. Phillips informs the U.S. Maritime Emergency service and orders Chief Mike Perry to cancel the limits on the ship and increase the speed as much as possible. Muse announces over the radio that they are the Somali coast guard coming in for a routine check. Capt. Phillips refuses to stop, however, and the pirates fire their automatic weapons. The ship's crewmembers aim fire hoses at the pirates, and Capt. Phillips shoots two flares at the skiff but misses. Evading the fire hoses, the pirates get close enough to attach their ladder to the main deck. Capt. Phillips orders all crewmembers to the engine room as the pirates board the ship. Muse and his crew, Bilal, Elmi, and the hot-headed Najee, shoot through locked gates, break into the cockpit, and hold Capt. Phillips and two others at gunpoint. Muse nicknames the captain "Irish" and promises no one will be hurt if he gets paid. The captain tells him there is $30,000 in the safe, but Muse demands more. The ship stops abruptly and Capt. Phillips claims it is broken. Demanding to see the crew, Muse threatens over the radio to kill someone if they do not appear in one minute. Capt. Phillips convinces Muse not to kill anyone and promises to show him around the ship, surreptitiously pressing the radio button so the other crewmembers hear their plans. He warns that the emergency power must stay on or they will not be able to see below deck, signaling to the crew to cut the emergency power. Observing a map of the ship, Muse demands to see the engine room. He and Bilal go with Capt. Phillips while Najee and Elmi stay behind. Meanwhile Perry sneaks onto the main deck to cut the emergency power, as Capt. Phillips leads Muse and Bilal to the engine room, stopping for water as a diversion. Knowing that Bilal is barefoot, Shane radios the hidden crewmembers to leave broken glass by the engine room door. Bilal steps on the glass when they arrive, and Muse suspects foul play. On the main deck, Perry manages to shut the emergency power off before Muse sees where the crewmembers are hidden. In the dark, Muse instructs Bilal to take Capt. Phillips back to the cockpit and send Najee down. Once he is alone, the crewmembers attack Muse, cut his hand, and take him hostage, informing the other pirates over radio. Capt. Phillips offers the pirates a lifeboat and $30,000 if they agree to leave immediately. Although Muse agrees to the deal, the other pirates insist that Capt. Phillips join them in the enclosed lifeboat until Muse is released. Shane tries to stop him, but Capt. Phillips goes along with the request. The pirates detain the captain at gunpoint, and the lifeboat drops into the water. Captain Frank Castellano, a counter piracy specialist for the U.S. Navy, is ordered to intercept the lifeboat with his warship, the USS Bainbridge. Meanwhile, Muse announces his intentions to hold Capt. Phillips hostage back in Somalia, assuming that an "insurance man" will pay millions of dollars in ransom. Following the lifeboat, the Maersk Alabama determines that it is headed for the closest point of land, thirty-six hours away. As he counts his stolen cash, Muse tells Capt. Phillips that the pirates are simply taxing foreigners for using their waters. Noticing the first aid kit, the captain treats Bilal's wounded foot, but Najee yells at him to stop before the wound is fully bandaged. Determining that the pirates work for Garaad, Capt. Castellano suggest that he and his crew use tactical patience, because the pirates are desperate for money. However, Navy SEALS are expected to intervene if necessary. In cramped quarters, the pirates deny Capt. Phillips water and fresh air. Although they await the mother ship, Hufan radios to say he is having engine trouble and will meet them on land. As a Navy SEAL team leaves Virginia for Somali waters, conditions on the lifeboat worsen. Bilal cannot feel his foot, and Najee smashes a window for air. Muse boasts that he stole $6 million from a Greek ship last year, but he becomes angry when Capt. Phillips wonders why he is not rich. The USS Bainbridge sounds an alarm as it reaches the lifeboat. A Navy officer named Nemo addresses Muse over the radio in Somali, and Muse demands $10 million. Claiming the money will take time to procure, Nemo offers water and food in the meantime. When two boats arrive at the lifeboat with supplies, the Navy officers demand to see Capt. Phillips. When he emerges at gunpoint, the captain shouts that he is at "Seat Fifteen," indicating the place where the pirates are holding him inside. The boats leave after Najee fires his gun. When another ship approaches, Capt. Phillips warns Muse that the Navy will not let him win, but Muse refuses to give up. Later that night, Capt. Phillips asks to urinate outside, and Bilal escorts him. Pushing Bilal off the ship, Capt Phillips jumps in the water, but Muse swims to retrieve him. Back on the lifeboat, Capt. Phillips is beaten by Najee. The Navy SEALS arrive at USS Bainbridge as Capt. Castellano attempts to reason with Muse over the radio. Muse takes Capt. Phillips outside and shoots at a helicopter that hovers above the lifeboat. Back inside, Muse knocks Capt. Phillips's head with a gun. A negotiator radios Muse, identifying the pirates and asking to arrange an exchange. Navy officers send a bag of clothing to the lifeboat, ordering Capt. Phillips to wear the yellow T-shirt they provided and stay in the seat he's been sitting in. The negotiator promises Muse that his elders are being flown in for a negotiation, and Muse accepts a ride to the USS Bainbridge. A bright yellow light is aimed at the lifeboat, blinding everyone inside. The Navy overhears the pirates threatening to shoot Capt. Phillips, who sneaks a pen and paper to write a letter to his family. Najee threatens him to stop, and the captain attacks, prompting Elmi to jab him in the back. Using a rope, the pirates hang the captain by the wrists and blindfold him. After towing the lifeboat closer to the ship, Navy snipers wait for a clear shot on all three pirates. When they finally have the pirates in their aim, they shoot them down at once. Immediately, Navy SEALS remove Capt. Phillips from the lifeboat and Muse is arrested. Covered in the pirates' blood, a dazed Capt. Phillips is taken aboard the USS Bainbridge and treated by two medics.  

 
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Suspense
 
Subject Major: Abduction
  Hostages
  Pirates
  Sea captains
  Search and rescue operations
  Ships
 
Subject Minor: Africa
  First aid
  Gunfights
  Helicopters
  Kenya
  Lifeboats
  Poverty
  Ransom
  Robbery
  Snipers
  Somalia
  Sonar
  United States. Army--Medical personnel
  United States. Navy
  Warlords

Note: A title card appears at the end of the film with the following statements: "Richard Phillips returned to Vermont on April 17, 2009 and was reunited with his family"; "Abduwali Muse was convicted of piracy and is currently serving 33 years at the Federal Correctional Complex, Terre Haute, Indiana"; "On July 25, 2010, Captain Phillips went back to sea."
       End credits contain the acknowledgement, "NPR's 'On Point with Tom Ashbrook' audio clip courtesy of WBUR," and a "Special Thanks" to the following individuals and organizations: the 2009 crew of the Maersk Alabama, Richard Phillips, Hector L. Sanchez, William Rios, Shane M. Murphy, Kenneth Quinn, Mohamed Abdelwahab, A. T. M. Zahid Reza, Michael A. Perry, Richard E. Hicks, John Cronan, Jimmy Sagba, Andrew Brzezinski, Clifford Lacon, Mario Clotter, John A. White, Dick Mathews, Matthew T. Fisher; the crew of the USS Truxtun (DDG 103), Cdr. John Ferguson, Cdr. Andrew Biehn, Lcdr. James Zolinski, Lt. Kevin O'Brien, Lt. Shane Fox, Ltjg. Daniel Giller, Ltjg. Maria Katrina Ablen, Ens. Elyse Yarborough, Ens. Michael Rowland, Cwd2 Bradley Peck, Command Master Chief Paulette Brock, Scpd. Andre Delarosa, Chief Petty Officer Andrew Garcia, Petty Officer Danielle Albert, Petty Officer Nathan Cobler, Petty Officer Katie Henry, Petty Officer Salvador Barwick, Petty Officer Roderick Sember, Petty Officer Christian Gribaldi-Fonseca, Petty Officer Troy Laliberte, Petty Officer William Tillotson, Petty Officer Robert Smith, Petty Officer Matthew Littrell, Petty Officer Christopher Hatfield, Seaman Jesus Sanchez Fernandez; Naval Station Norfolk; USS Bainbridge (DDG 96); USS Wasp (LHD 1); USS Halyburton (FFG 40); Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Nine (HSC 9); USS Kearsarge (LHD 3); The United States Department of Defense, Entertainment Media Liaison Philip Strub; USN Film Office – Bob Anderson; Navy Liaison – Lt. Chris Hwang; Assistant Project Officers – Lt. David Daitch, Lt. Chad Dulac; John F. Reinhart CEO, Maersk Line Limited, and the 2012 crew of the Alexander Maersk ; the Somali communities of Minnesota, Ohio and London; Hans Zimmer. End credits also include the following statements: "Filmed on location in Malta, United Kingdom, Virginia, Massachusetts and Morocco"; and, "Produced with the support of the financial incentives provided by the Government of Malta, British Film Institute, The Commonwealth of Virginia – Bob McDonnell, Governor, The Virginia Film Office, The City of Virginia Beach, The Virginia Marine Resources Commission, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Louisiana Entertainment."
       According to a 23 Oct 2009 DV news item, Columbia Pictures optioned the rights to Captain Richard Phillips's upcoming memoir in May 2009, just weeks after Phillips was taken hostage and rescued in early Apr 2009. A 29 Nov-5 Dec 2010 Var magazine article stated that producer Dana Brunetti, who had served in the Coast Guard, used his Coast Guard connections to locate Phillips in Underhill, VT, where Brunetti and executive producer Kevin Spacey met the captain in hopes of optioning his story.
       After several directors were considered for the film, Sony Pictures made an offer to Paul Greengrass, as stated in a 9 Jun 2011 DV item. While Greengrass was still in negotiations, a 24 Jun 2011 HR reported that Ron Howard showed interest in directing; lead actor Tom Hanks was rumored to be in support of Howard as they had worked together on five previous films, but Greengrass remained with the project. Production was expected to begin as early as fall 2011. A 4 Oct 2013 HR article cited the budget as $50 million, and a 6 Oct 2013 LAT article reported that 200 people made up the crew.
       Casting director Francine Maisler searched the U.S. for Somalis to play the film's pirates. In the Minneapolis, MN, area, "a hub for East African immigrants" according to the 4 Oct 2013 HR, 700 local residents were interviewed; among them was Barkhad Abdi, the actor who plays "Muse," a Somali native who fled Somalia with his family after a civil war broke out when he was six years old. To add authenticity to their hostage-pirate dynamic, Greengrass purposely kept Hanks and Abdi apart until the first scene they shot together.
       Principal photography took place in Malta, the U.K., Morocco, Massachusetts, and Norfolk, VA. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, seventy-five percent of filming took place at sea, over the course of sixty days. As a stand-in for the Maersk Alabama, filmmakers used an identical 500-foot container ship, the Maersk Alexander, for an undisclosed fee, as stated in the 4 Oct 2013 HR which noted that the fuel cost alone amounted to $800,000. The twenty-two-person crew of Maersk Alexander stayed on board as well, helping the filmmakers understand the mechanics and "day-to-day operations of the ship." While the Maersk Alexander was filmed off the coast of Malta, the USS Truxtun, a 510-foot Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer which doubled as the USS Bainbridge, was filmed off the coast of Norfolk, VA. Of the two other ships involved in Phillips's rescue, the USS Boxer was portrayed by the USS Wasp, and the USS Halyburton portrayed itself.
       According to production notes, the Navy ships were difficult to get in and out of port, so the crew traveled, along with their gear, back and forth via small boats each morning and night. Obstacles presented by filming at sea included seasickness, claustrophobia, and difficulty hauling equipment along narrow passageways. Greengrass described the conditions as "torturous" and the "most arduous" filmmaking experience of his life, but commended the crew for becoming like an actual crew of a ship.
       Captain Phillips was shot with 35-millimeter film cameras, primarily the Aaton Penelope known for handheld cinematography and documentaries, and 16-millimeter film cameras were used in "scenes focusing on the Somali pirates." For sequences on the pirate skiffs, director of photography Barry Ackroyd oversaw the building of a "small scaffold rig" to which the camera was connected by a bungee cord so that it would not fall overboard. For the scenes involving the Maersk Alabama's 28-foot lifeboat, several replicas were used. Because of the small vessels' cramped interiors, Ackroyd operated the camera himself when shooting inside. Greengrass stated in production notes that Ackroyd was constantly seasick looking through the lens of the camera, despite the stability of the images he produced.
       Since no stunt doubles were used on the skiffs, the non-professional Somali actors had to train extensively in boating and swimming. A 5 Dec 2013 LAT article stated that the film's largest stunt, in which the pirates jump from their skiff onto the Maersk Alabama using a ladder, was originally set to be filmed in a tank, but Greengrass opted to shoot at sea for a more dramatic effect. In production notes, Greengrass described the "most complex and difficult sequence" as Phillips's rescue from the lifeboat, in which the director had to coordinate "a small carrier [ship], several destroyers, and multiple helicopters bombarding a small lifeboat in darkness."
       The final scene in which "Captain Richard Phillips" is treated by U.S. Navy medics was not in the original script. Greengrass first shot the scripted scene, showing Phillips going to the captain's cabin where he is given a beer and a telephone to call home, but felt unsatisfied with the results. The same day, someone informed him that the real-life Phillips went directly to the infirmary after he was rescued, so Greengrass encouraged the medical officer on board the ship to perform in a scene with Hanks "as an exercise." The resulting scene was singled out by critics and hailed as "Hanks' Oscar moment," according to LAT.
       In its opening weekend, the film took in $26 million at the box office, as stated in a 14 Oct 2013 LAT item. An 8 Dec 2013 PR Newswire box-office report stated that the film had grossed $199,315,377 worldwide, to that time.
       Critical reception was largely positive. Greengrass's direction was singled out, as were the lead performances by Hanks and Abdi; echoing the sentiments of several reviewers, the 11 Oct 2013 HR described Hanks's final scene as "an extraordinary scene for which there is little precedent." While the 11 Oct 2013 NYT review praised the film's "vital moral immediacy" and "smash cuts, racing cameras and...propulsive soundtrack," the LAT review of the same date deemed it "an altogether exceptional film." In a less positive review, the 6 Sep 2013 Var criticized the screenplay and direction as "too dry and austere."
       Captain Phillips was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year for 2013. It was also nominated for four Golden Globe awards in the following motion picture categories: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Barkhad Abdi), Best Performance by an Actor, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture.
 

Note Credits: General (mod): Ron Howard
  Geographic location: Malta
  Geographic location: Norfolk Virginia United States
  Geographic location: Massachusetts United States
  Geographic location: United Kingdom

Source   Date   Page
Daily Variety   23 Oct 2009.   
Daily Variety   9 Jun 2011.   
Hollywood Reporter   29 May 2009   p. 3, 22.
Hollywood Reporter   24 Jun 2011.   
Hollywood Reporter   4 Oct 2013   pp. 68-73.
Hollywood Reporter   11 Oct 2013.   
Los Angeles Times   30 Jul 2013.   
Los Angeles Times   6 Oct 2013   Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   11 Oct 2013   p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   14 Oct 2013   Section D, p. 3.
Los Angeles Times   5 Dec 2013   Section S, p. 14.
New York Times   11 Oct 2013   p. 1.
PR Newswire   8 Dec 2013.   
Variety   29 Nov-5 Dec 2010   Section A, p. 1, 8.

 
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