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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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The movie was fake. The mission was real. See more »


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

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$44,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$136,019,448 (USA) (19 April 2013)
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In keeping with the period in which the film is set (around 1979), Warner Bros. used their "Big W" logo, which was utilized on their releases around that time, and painted the Burbank Studios logo onto their water tower. It was the name of the building from 1972 until 1990, when Warners and Columbia Pictures were sharing the same facilities. See more »

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It is indicated as being 1980 when Istanbul is viewed, but the ferry shown is a new modern ferry that travels between the Asian and European sides of the Bosphorus. See more »

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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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As the end credits begin, a picture of the actual passport of each fake film crew member is displayed next to picture of the actor in the film, showing the similarities between the two faces. Then archive photos from the period are displayed next to pictures shot for the film. See more »

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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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from In the Valley of Elah (2007)
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Winner of the Oscar ?? Oh, please, give me a break !!
24 February 2013 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

The people in the academy must be nuts ! How can this be the winner of the Oscar ?? Art should be the winner. A good story with good values should be the winner. This movie totally distorts reality. Or, at least, what we understand for the "official story" about the hostage crisis in Iran 1979. It plays with the following idea: "the official history says the Canadians did everything, but let's say, in this movie, that it was the CIA and that, in fact, we made the world believe the Canadians prepared all the rescue operation". Is it possible ? Maybe, but it belongs much more to the realm of conspiracy theory, than to what may have really happened. I admit the narrative keeps the audience interested in the movie, but that's all it has.. No good acting, scenario, picture, or direction… And it got the Oscar ??? How come ??


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