By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Since Pulaski Theatre isn’t going to be able to show the classic movie “Gone With the Wind” as planned Feb. 7, it will be replaced with “Captain Phillips,” the American Film Institute’s 2014 Film of the Year.
Tom Hanks stars in this thriller based on the true story of an American ship that was hijacked by Somali Pirates in 2009. The film was released in October. It is nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture of the Year.
“As disappointed as we were at the postponing of “Gone with The Wind,” said Sue Mason, the theatre’s Facebook page administrator, “We’re proud to share that we will be screening “Captain Phillips” instead. It’s not a classic, but we have no doubt that it will be remembered as a great film.”
The movie will be shown one time only, Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger, but parents should use caution as the film is rated PG-13 due to “sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images and substance use.” Doors open at 6:30.
“Captain Phillips” was adapted from the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Capt. Richard Phillips, who was captain of the hijacked container ship, Maersk Alabama. Hanks portrays Phillips.
A decision by Warner Bros. to pull all licensing to show “Gone With the Wind” forced the theatre to find a replacement film for its First Friday Classic Movie for February. The theatre shows classic movies at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
Other First Friday movies scheduled to be shown this year include “Star Wars,” March 7; “Singin’ in the Rain,” April 4; and “The Wizard of Oz,” May 2.