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Captain Phillips Movie Quotes

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"Captain Phillips" movie quotes tell the true life story of the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama freighter in 2009. The action thriller was based on the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea" written by the real Captain Richard Phillips and adapted into a screenplay by Billy Ray. Paul Greengrass directed the blockbuster which premiered at the 2013 New York Film Festival before opening in theaters on October 11, 2013.

In "Captain Phillips," Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) is leading his unarmed 500-foot cargo container ship through pirate-infested waters off the coast of Somalia in 2009 when he sees two small boats approach. He only has a small time to warn his crew before Somali pirates board the ship and take control. Captain Phillips urges his crew to follow the procedures they've practiced for this type of threat and they follow, hiding together in a safe room designed for protection.

Led by Muse (Barkhad Abdi), the pirates take Captain Phillips hostage and demand millions from the Navy. The Navy does not give in so the hijackers go one step further. They take Captain Phillips hostage and escape into a lifeboat. The saga intensifies before it is resolved as the military, led by Seal Team Six, tries their best to rescue the crew and take back control of the ship. Catherine Keener and Michael Chernus co-star in the film.

"Captain Phillips" joins the ranks of other great movies already in theaters at the time such as "Gravity," "Runner Runner," "Don Jon," "Rush, "Prisoners,", "Enough Said," "The Family," "Riddick," "The World's End," "Getaway," "Drinking Buddies," "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," "Paranoia," "Kick-Ass 2," "We're the Millers, and "Elysium".
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    I'm the Captain

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    Muse: "Where is the crew?"Captain Richard Phillips: "I don't know, I don't know. I'm here with you."Muse: [on ship intercom] "In one minute I will kill all your friends."
    Muse: "Where is your crew?!"Captain Richard Phillips: "I don't know! … I am the captain. If you're gonna shoot somebody, you should shoot me!"
    Muse: "Relax, everything going to be okay. Look at me."
    Captain Richard Phillips: "Sure"
    Muse: "Look at me"
    Captain Richard Phillips: "Sure"
    Muse: "I'm the captain now."

    Muse, the head pirate, wants to take control of the ship but needs the crew to do that. The captain isn't forthcoming with information, but Muse has some info of his own to share, that he is now in command of the ship.
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    I Don't Like the Look of That

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    Shane Murphy: "Everything okay?"
    Captain Richard Phillips: "I don't like the look of that."
    Shane Murphy: "They're coming in fast!"

    In the first sign of trouble, Captain Richard Phillips sees two small ships approaching his freighter at a high rate of speed. While it's not uncommon to see other boats in the vicinity, seeing two approaching at a high rate of speed, coming right towards the freighter, is alarming.
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    They're Not Here to Fish

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    Captain Richard Phillips: "This is the Maersk Alabama. We are an unarmed freighter. We have two skiffs approaching with armed intruders, potential piracy situation."
    UKMTO Officer: "Copy Alabama, you should alert your crew and get your fire hoses ready."
    Captain Richard Phillips: "Uh, yeah, is that it?"
    UKMTO Officer: "Chances are it's just fishermen."
    Captain Richard Phillips: "They're not here to fish."

    Captain Phillips attempts to radio in for help as the pirates approach but his report is brushed off by a UKMTO officer. It's at that point when Captain Phillips realizes they may be on their own.
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    Not Like This

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    Muse: "You come with us! I want $10 million."
    Shane Murphy: "Don't get in there!"
    Captain Richard Phillips: "We gotta get them off this ship!"
    Shane Murphy: "Not like this!"

    Since their initial plan of taking over the ship doesn't seem to get the pirates their demands, they take things another step further. They escape, along with Captain Phillips as hostage, in a life boat.
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