October 8th, 2013
01:17 AM ET

The Maersk Alabama crew speaks out about Captain Phillips

The new movie "Captain Phillips" opens this Friday. It's a drama about the real-life ordeal of Captain Richard Phillips, who was the commander of a cargo vessel that was overrun by pirates off the coast of Somalia in 2009. Phillips was taken off his ship and held hostage for five days on a small boat. He's played by Tom Hanks. The movie portrays Phillips as a hero who saves his ship and his crew. But some members of that crew claim the true Captain Richard Phillips was anything but heroic. Drew Griffin has the story.


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  1. walter paas

    Tom Hanks is a hero, playing that role w/stage 2 cancer. Phillips did not trust his deck officers, & his main job was to "keep the schedule". [retired 2nd officer, USMM]

    October 9, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • John Harris

      I am glad you responded to this story. I think we are 1: in agreement and 2: balanced in our points of view. I responded as a soldier. You responded as a Merchant Marine Officer. If anybody knows the captain's rules of conduct, You Do.

      October 17, 2013 at 9:34 am |
  2. Andrea

    Unless you have worked at sea, you have no idea what pressures Captains are under to save money and cut costs, either in the cargo or passenger cruise ship industries. In the end as a Captain, you are alone and are told from the shore what to do by people that aren't in the situation, what happens next is literally one persons call at the time. They shouldn't have ANY ships remotely near those places period. Once again the good old lawsuit reigns supreme. Bravo.

    October 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
  3. Javier R.

    Good for CNN for giving us a more rational look at this story and not the Hollywood/nes media invention. This captain used very poor judgement and should have his maritime licensce revoked if it isnt already

    October 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  4. Mari H.

    Thanx for the movie "review," but it makes you wonder why the movie ppl put out this story perpetuating the myth~def not wasting my $$$ on propaganda!

    October 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm |
  5. Mark

    I don't know what it is like to sail in the area but I tend to agree with Captain Phillips. Would 600 miles make that big of a difference for these pirates? I can understand if they are talking 3 vs 6 miles...but they are talking hundreds of miles. Add to that when they get closer to their destination aren't they within the danger zone? I am not saying he was perfect but it seems like he made a calculated decision that resulted in this incident that may or may not have happened were he to have been 600 miles out???

    October 8, 2013 at 12:51 pm |

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