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The Pirates of Somalia (2017)

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In 2008, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men ... See full summary »

Director:

Bryan Buckley

Writers:

Bryan Buckley, Jay Bahadur (based on the book "The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World" by)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Al Pacino ... Seymour Tolbin
Evan Peters ... Jay Bahadur
Melanie Griffith ... Maria Bahadur
Barkhad Abdi ... Abdi
Russell Posner ... Jared Bahadur
Philip Ettinger ... Alex
Coral Peña ... Katlyn
Kiana Madani ... Tracy Ziconni
Darron Meyer ... Mitch Kelp
Mohamed Hakeemshady ... Ancient Warrior (voice) (as Hakeemshady Mohamed)
Sabrina Hassan Sabrina Hassan ... Maryan
Aidan Whytock ... Agent Brice
Maria Vos ... Avril Benoît
Alok Tewari ... Kailash Bahadur
Robert Hobbs ... Navy Admiral
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In 2008, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.

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Plot Keywords:

canada | writer | drugs | gun | See All (4) »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, drug content, and brief strong violence. | See all certifications »

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Country:

Somalia | Kenya | Sudan | South Africa | USA

Language:

English | Somali

Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dabka See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Almost all of the actors in the Somalia scenes are actual Somalian refugees. See more »

Quotes

Jay Bahadur: Why do all rejection letters have the word "unfortunately" in the first sentence?... Surely there is a more original adverb to toss in there... I vow that I will never write for a publication that uses the word "unfortunately" in their first sentence... I am better than that.
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The closing credits identify the many Somali refugees in the cast and crew with the year they became a refugee. See more »


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In Love With You
Written by Ed Hartman
Performed by Ed Hartman
Courtesy of Crucial Music
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...if you go in, have patience.
18 January 2018 | by steveo122See all my reviews

The title "The Pirates of Somalia" + 'too old for action' Pacino set up in my mind a film completely different from what transpired. And so did the 'tone' of the first 20 or 30 minutes. The unprepossessing lead actor and the 'near-goofy bro' tone almost had me leave early but, if you go in, have patience. This well made true life tale of an idealist who takes a way-over-his-head risky chance in the hope of establishing himself as a journalist keeps adding weight as goes. The director mixes in a little magical-realism while presenting background to the Somali situation that I had never heard or read of before. Plus, it happens to be funny quite often. Enough license taken to make it a tense grand adventure. Our favorite Somali actor, Barkhad Abdi, once again, does a great job.


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