British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
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 eventually ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: to 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 proceed 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 (email@example.com)
Lester Siegel (played by Alan Arkin) is said to be a composite character. However, in real life, makeup artist Robert Sidell, a friend of John Chambers, posed as the fake film's producer. Sidell's wife, Andi, was the fake production company's receptionist. Ben Affleck assumed Sidell, like Chambers, had passed away, but was informed just prior to the film's release that he was still alive and well. Affleck had Robert Sidell flown to the film's LA premiere, and, in his opening remarks, gave recognition to Sidell for his part in the Canadian Caper. See more »
When Tony Mendez is issued his airline ticket he's given seat 1C. This is first class aisle bulkhead seat. When he boards the plane he's in a coach window seat. See more »
[to Tony Mendez]
You need somebody who's a somebody to put their name on it. Somebody respectable. With credits. Who you can trust with classified information. Who will produce a fake movie. For free.
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Past the photos of cast members and the real people they play, there's audio from an interview with then-President Jimmy Carter talking about the crisis. See more »
Anti-Iran and racist,shows Iranians as browny raged full of hate people, putting that aside the film itself is not that great i liked the production design,none of the characters are memorable,and non of the acting is good,and Alan Arkin's role is not that good and he doesn't deserve an Oscar nomination, the fact is it deserves More than a star a three or four star but i gave it a star to lower its overall rating, comparing it to last years Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy which is another 70′s retro spy film it miserably fails, and its simple direction and story telling doesn't make it an amazing thriller either, But America and israel are having problems with Iran these days So i guess Hollywood had to deliver a film at the right time to brain wash and "" help the peace cause"".
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