Captain Phillips

Riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent

Credits

Director

Paul Greengrass

Based on

A Captain's Duty by Richard Phillips Stephan Talty

Producers

Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca

Production Companies

Scott Rudin Productions, Michael De Luca Productions, Trigger Street Productions

Studio

Sony Pictures

Dneg VFX Supervisor

Charlie Noble

Dneg VFX Producer

Andy Taylor

Release Date

11th October 2013

I’ve worked with DNEG a lot on my films and I think they’re one of the best around.

– Paul Greengrass –

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Both Greengrass and Hanks are on award-deserving form in a riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatisation of a real-life ordeal.Empire

Film Background

On 8th April 2009, the MV Maersk Alabama cargo ship was boarded by 4 pirates near the Somali port city of Eyl- the first successful pirate seizure of a ship registered under the American flag since the early 19th Century. Captain Richard Phillips offered himself up as a hostage for the pirates, along with $30,000 from the ships safe, in exchange for the safety of his crew and release of his ship. For the next 5 days, he was held captive by the pirates as they tried to make their way back to Somalia.

The ordeal finally came to an end on 12th April 2009 when US Navy Seals shot and killed 3 pirates in a covert mission authorised by President Barack Obama.

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