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Captain Phillips

Tense action ensues when pirates kidnap a ship's captain

Overall B+

In 2009, pirates on the high seas seemed a romanticized thing of the past -- until a US cargo ship was hijacked by a group of armed men from Somali. This movie dramatized the real life events that Captain Richard Phillips (played by Tom Hanks) and his crew endured during the hostile takeover.

Violence C-
Sexual Content A
Profanity C
Substance Use D+

Why is Captain Phillips rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Captain Phillips PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use

Run Time: 134 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Captain Phillips rated PG-13? Captain Phillips is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use

Violence: Armed hijackers attack and board a ship, firing guns and holding hostages at gunpoint. Men with guns arrive in a village and demand the locals head out to sea to capture cargo ships. Characters argue frequently and loudly. Pushing, shoving and beatings are portrayed. A man is hit several times with the butt of a gun. A character is injured by broken glass and one man has his hand slashed with a knife. Characters are repeatedly threatened with guns. A man is repeatedly shot at after he tries to escape from his captors. Blood splatters cover a man after a shooting.

Sexual Content: A married couple kisses before he leaves for work.

Language: The script contains infrequent scatological slang, mild profanities, terms of Deity and some cursing.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters smoke cigarettes and use an illegal stimulant known as khat.

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Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence. Coarse Language.
Alberta PG Violence.
Manitoba 14A Violence, Disturbing Content.
Ontario 14A Violence, Disturbing Content.
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "Captain Phillips"

Cast and Crew

Captain Phillips is directed by Paul Greengrass and stars Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini, John Magaro.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Captain Phillips movie is January 21, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Captain Phillips

Release Date: 21 January 2014

Captain Phillips releases to home video (Blu-ray and DVD) with the following extras:

- “Capturing Captain Phillips” Documentary– Three in-depth, behind-the-scenes featurettes on making the film.

- Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass

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Paul Greengrass brought another dramatization of a real-life terrorist attack to the big screen with the film United 93. He also directed the action movies The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Supremacy.

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