‘Captain Phillips’
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Captain Phillips: On screen and in real life

“Captain Phillips” follows the six days in 2009 that Richard Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, spent trying to avoid a gang of Somali pirates and then as their restive captive. (Jasin Boland / Associated Press)
Tom Hanks stars as a cargo ship captain trying to protect his crew from Somali pirates. (Associated Press)
Capt. Richard Phillips at a news conference in 2013. (AFP/ Getty)
Capt. Richard Phillips walks with his family after arriving on a plane in South Burlington, Vt., on April 17, 2009. From left, his mother, Virginia; his son, Daniel; his daughter, Mariah; Phillps and his wife, Andrea. (Toby Talbot / Associated Press)
A show of celebration along the roadside in Underhill, Vt., for Richard Phillips. In 2009, he offered himself as a hostage to secure the safety of his crew and ship.  (Andy Duback / Associated Press)
Andrea Phillips, wife of Capt. Richard Phillips, attends a news conference on April 13, 2009.  (Toby Talbot / Associated Press)
Director Paul Greengrass on the set of the film. (Jasin Boland / Associated Press)
Faysal Ahmed, left, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat Ali in a scene from “Captain Phillips.”  (Jasin Boland / Associated Press)
Faysal Ahmed, left, and Tom Hanks star in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips.” (Jasin Boland / Columbia Pictures)
Mahat Ali, left, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips.” (MCT)
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