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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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Near the end of the movie, the newspaper clipping that Jean Pelletier pins to a bulletin board is a reconstruction of the actual front page of Montreal's La Presse newspaper of Tuesday, January 29, 1980. It has the same headline and layout as the original, except that the pictures of Ken Taylor and Jean Pelletier were replaced by those of their respective actors. It reads "Audacieux coup du Canada en Iran: Américains cachés à l'ambassade, sauvés" ("Daring operation by Canada in Iran: Americans hide in Embassy and are rescued"). See more »

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

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The movie that proves that not all Canadians are push-overs.
6 August 2001 | by (Red Earth, Saskatchewan) – See all my reviews

This movie should appeal to all Canadians on the level of a sentimental reminder of our heroics during the Iranian hostage incident. However, it should also be appealing on an entertainment level also. The film stars many familiar Canadian actors like the ubiquitous Robert Joy, Chris Wiggins, R.H. Thompson and, of course, the anti-hero Gordon Pinsent who plays real life anti-hero Ken Taylor. The film does not glorify Taylor as a one-man Rambo saviour but rather shows him as a leader among a group of peace loving and peace keeping Canadians. For example, Thompson plays Lee Schatz. Schatz helps the escape plan by pretending to be an agriculture student from Guelph. The Iranian airport officials fall for his ruse and the hostages are one step closer to freedom. Quite often, TV movies based on recent real life events become dated quickly. However, the humour, production and cast make this film a souvenir of the 1980s to hang on to.


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