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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS <span>(2013)</span> artwork


Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 131

Release dates 18/10/2013

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence and threat

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Paul Greengrass

Cast includes Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Addirahman, Catherine Keener, John Magaro, Michael Chernus, Max Martini, Christopher Stadulis

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 08/10/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is a drama based on the true story of the hijacking of a US cargo ship by Somali pirates in 2009. It is rated 12 for moderate violence and threat.

When the pirates take over the ship, crew members are threatened with guns and with other forms of physical force. There is further threat when the ship's captain is isolated and taken away by the pirates in a lifeboat vessel. Although these scenes are intense and give a powerful impression of the fear felt by the crew, the sense of threat is not unduly sustained and is broken up by other action. Actual physical violence is brief and generally undetailed. There is sight of bloody injuries that have been sustained accidentally, such as when a man steps on broken glass, but these are not focussed upon. In one scene, blood is seen to splash onto a man's face when other men are shot, but there is no strong detail of the actual violence.

The film also includes mild bad language, including uses of 'hell', 'Jesus', 'shit', 'ass', 'asshole', 'goddamn', 'screwed up', 'piss' and 'bastards'.

There is also sight of people smoking, as well as chewing on the leaves of the khat plant.

No-one younger than 12 may see a 12A film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult. No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a 12 rated video or DVD.



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