Tom Hanks attends the premiere of the biographical motion picture thriller "Captain Phillips" at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, California on September 30, 2013. The film is the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the U.S. flagged MV Maersk Alabama's 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates. The Alabama was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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