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Pirates of Somalia (2017)

The Pirates of Somalia (original title)
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Jay Bahadur still lives in his parents' basement in Toronto over a year after college. He gets an advice: skip journalism school and go somewhere crazy. Dec. 6, 2008 he flies to Somalia to ask the pirates: Why? He returns 6 months later.


Bryan Buckley


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





Credited cast:
Evan Peters ... Jay Bahadur
Al Pacino ... Seymour Tolbin
Melanie Griffith ... Maria Bahadur
Barkhad Abdi ... Abdi
Coral Peña ... Katlyn
Philip Ettinger ... Alex
Russell Posner ... Jared Bahadur
Aidan Whytock ... Agent Brice
Kiana Madani ... Tracy Ziconni
Robert Hobbs ... Navy Admiral
Lindsay Sullivan Lindsay Sullivan ... Canadian air hostess
Vere Tindale ... CBSA Officer
Mohamed Hakeemshady ... Ancient Warrior (voice) (as Hakeemshady Mohamed)
Edward Gelbinovich
Darron Meyer ... Mitch Kelp


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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


A mind-blowing true story based on the The New York Times' best seller. See more »


Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Somalia | Kenya | Sudan | South Africa | USA


English | Somali

Release Date:

8 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where the White Man Runs Away See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jay Bahadur is saying he always considered himself more of a Bernstein, than a Woodward, as Bernstein was ugly as hell and never went through college, and overcame his shortcomings. Bob Woodward went to Harvard Law School, and Carl Bernstein dropped out of university. Carl Bernstein was played by Dustin Hoffman in All the Presidents Men, a movie, of which Jay Bahadur has a poster of, hanging in his room. See more »


Maryan: This card bears my name. What does it say?
Jay Bahadur: You don't read English?
Maryan: Not so well.
Jay Bahadur: That card says that, um, you're the hottest drug dealer in the world.
Maryan: Is that what it says?
Jay Bahadur: Yes.
Maryan: I like that.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits identify the many Somali refugees in the cast and crew with the year they became a refugee. See more »


References Team America: World Police (2004) See more »


In Love With You
Written by Ed Hartman
Performed by Ed Hartman
Courtesy of Crucial Music
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19 May 2019 | by LebowskidooSee all my reviews

Entertaining throughout and littered with fun Canadianisms that I appreciated, but overall not much really happens, at least not the sort of thing movie goers would expect from a movie like this. It's not boring, it just doesn't have the usual bombastic stuff a lot of Hollywood movies do. It's based on a true story, but it's also quite funny at times.

I never even heard of this movie until I went looking for things to extend my mini-Pacino-marathon. Here, Pacino is having fun in a supporting role, and it shows.

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