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Lionel Chetwynd (screenplay)
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17 May 1981 (USA) See more »
A dramatized account of how the staff of the Canadian Embassy helped a group of American diplomats escape from Iran during the Iranian Revolution. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Gordon Pinsent ... Ambassador Ken Taylor
Chris Wiggins ... John Sheardown
Diana Barrington ... Zena Sheardown

Robert Joy ... Mark Lijek
James B. Douglas ... Bob Anders
Tisa Chang ... Pat Taylor
Larry Aubrey ... Joe Stafford
Matsu Anderson ... Cora Lijek

Julie Khaner ... Kathy Stafford
Robert Lalonde ... Jean Pelletier

R.H. Thomson ... Lee Schatz

Carl Marotte ... Marine Sergeant Lopez
Jason Dean ... Sergeant Gauthier
Jonathan Welsh ... Michael Howland

J.P. Linton ... Victor Tomseth (as John-Peter Linton)
Barbara Gordon ... Kathryn 'Katie' Koob
Tom Berry ... Kim King
Hrant Alianak ... Iranian Minister
George Bloomfield ... Sampson
Maher Boutros ... Siad
Jack Blum ... Louis LeClerc
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leslie Carlson ... Laingen (as Les Carlson)
Jon Granik
François Klanfer
Mina E. Mina
Micki Moore
Ross Petty
Laura Press

Michael J. Reynolds

George R. Robertson
Guy Sanvido

George Touliatos
Viken Vartanian
David Burt ... Piano Player / Patron drinking at the bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Lamont Johnson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lionel Chetwynd  screenplay
Lionel Chetwynd  story
Stanley Rubin  story

Produced by
Les Harris .... producer
Rob Iveson .... producer
Stanley Rubin .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter Jermyn 
Cinematography by
Albert J. Dunk 
Film Editing by
Leslie Borden Brown 
Jeff Warren 
Art Direction by
Carol Spier 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Corcoran .... first assistant director
Bruce Moriarty .... second assistant director
Visual Effects by
Ray McMillan .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Deneault .... rigging gaffer
Location Management
David Coatsworth .... location manager
Other crew
Norman S. Powell .... developed, Director of Movies CBS

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97 min
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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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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The movie that proves that not all Canadians are push-overs., 6 August 2001
Author: Richard Maurer (ram-30) from Red Earth, Saskatchewan

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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