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Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper (1981)

A dramatized account of how the staff of the Canadian Embassy helped a group of American diplomats escape from Iran during the Iranian Revolution.

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Chris Wiggins ...
John Sheardown
Diana Barrington ...
Zena Sheardown
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James B. Douglas ...
Tisa Chang ...
Larry Aubrey ...
Matsu Anderson ...
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Robert Lalonde ...
Jean Pelletier
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Marine Sergeant Lopez
Jason Dean ...
Sergeant Gauthier
Jonathan Welsh ...
Michael Howland
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Victor Tomseth (as John-Peter Linton)
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This film tells a combination of how Ken Taylor and his Canadian Embassy staff in Teheran during the Iranian hostage crisis hid half a dozen American embassy staffers at great personal risk. It furthermore tells the story, which was revealed much later to the cover story for the joint CIA/Canadian rescue operation, of how Ken Taylor successfully smuggled those Americans out of Iran safely under the noses of the internal security forces. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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17 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Desert Blades  »

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Part of this movie was filmed outside a government unemployment insurance/employment office at Eglinton and Midland in Toronto since the film-makers decided that the building looked like the American embassy. Some clients worked as extra, as did the building caretaker who had a long beard and filled in for the ayatollah in some scenes where he was at a distance from the camera. See more »

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Followed by 444 Days to Freedom: What Really Happened in Iran (1986) See more »

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Proud of my dad "Escape from Iran"

Just watched the documentary on Escape from Iran. I just have to say how proud my brothers and myself are of what our Dad John Sheardown did for the American Hostages. He is the best Dad a daughter could ever have. I was up in Ottawa for the Canada awards and met a few of the hostages over the years. I have heard so many stories about the 3 months they all spent as house guests. Chris Wiggins played my Dad to a tee... Just wanted to say how much I enjoy seeing the movie when it comes on. I am very proud of my father he is a great man . Thankyou for allowing me to send this message. How proud I am of being Canadian .Sincerely Jacqueline Sheardown Hunter


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