Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper (1981)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History, Thriller  |  17 May 1981 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Wiggins ...
John Sheardown
Diana Barrington ...
Zena Sheardown
James B. Douglas ...
Tisa Chang ...
Larry Aubrey ...
Matsu Anderson ...
Robert Lalonde ...
Jean Pelletier
Marine Sergeant Lopez
Jason Dean ...
Sergeant Gauthier
Jonathan Welsh ...
Michael Howland
Victor Tomseth (as John-Peter Linton)


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 <>

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17 May 1981 (USA)  »

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Desert Blades  »

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


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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