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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

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In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceeded to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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$44,500,000 (estimated)

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$19,458,109 (USA) (12 October 2012)

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$136,019,448 (USA) (19 April 2013)
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Sahar: [narration] This is the Persian Empire known today as Iran. For 2,500 years, this land was ruled by a series of kings, known as shahs. In 1950, the people of Iran elected Mohammad Mossadeqh, a secular democrat, as Prime Minister. He nationalized British and U.S. petroleum holdings, returning Iran's oil to it's people. But in 1953, the U.S. and Great Britain engineered a coup d'etat that deposed Mossadeqh and installed Reza Pahlavi as shah. The young Shah was known for opulence and ...
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Average Movie..........Vastly Over-rated
10 April 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

In the "Golden Age" of great cinema (the 70s) this would not have got a nomination for a best picture Oscar. To-day ?? it actually won B.P. It is the way things are now...progress ..? not at all, just change and in what the studios can get away with. Having said that, 2013 will go down as a weak year for films. Ben Affleck directs well in the easy parts. But Robert Altman would be turning in his grave at the dialogue scenes (particularly those with more than two characters). It is an art that only the great (or very good directors) get right. O.K., its BASED on a true story (big deal). It is like an old 2nd world war movie...the Germans were shown to be stupid. This time its the Iranians. People are calling it clever...and only the Americans could have pulled it off. That is total rubbish. Enjoy this for what it is...a run of the mill adventure flick...and that is all. (Special mention for Alan Arkin, who had ALL the funny one liners...and he delivered them brilliantly). 5% of this movie MAY have been true.


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