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October 24, 2013

Real Captain Phillips to speak in Utica

Cooperstown Crier

---- — Captain Richard Phillips, who inspired the recently released motion picture “Captain Phillips,” will visit MVCC’s Utica campus on Saturday, Oct. 26.

For five days in April 2009, the world was glued to their TV screens as Captain Phillips became the center of an extraordinary international drama when he was captured by Somali pirates who hijacked his ship, the first hijacking of a U.S. ship in more than 200 years. Attendees will hear firsthand accounts about Phillips’ epic story of heroism and survival, which has inspired the film starring Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. 

As of October 20, the film “Captain Phillips” had grossed $53,300,000 in North America, and $9,100,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $62,400,000.

Phillips’ presentation titled “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea,” will take place at 7 p.m. in Schafer Theater, Information Technology Building, on the Utica campus. Admission is $30 for general public, $20 for MVCC employees, and FREE for MVCC students. To purchase tickets, call the MVCC Box Office at (315) 731.5721 or visit