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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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12 October 2012 (USA)  »

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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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In the movie, it was stated that both the British and New Zealand embassies in Tehran turned away the six American diplomats, leaving the Canadians as their only refuge. In fact the British embassy did shelter the six for a few days but it was agreed by everyone that the Canadian embassy would be more secure and suitable, so they moved. A New Zealand official transported them and the British also helped other Americans trapped in the country at the time. Director Ben Affleck acknowledged that he intentionally deviated from the real events in order to quicken the pace and build up the tension. 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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When the Levee Breaks
Written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham
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Definition: Science Friction
28 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

Telling a story that not only alters the facts but does so at the expense of someone else (or another group) who, in the true telling of a story, deserves way more credit.

Up here in Canada, we have a word for 'American' movies and television... we call them 'Movies' and 'Television'. As far as we're concerned, there is no difference between US and Canadian citizens when we watch TV. There are actually classes up here to teach Canadian actors to sound more American. Why...because a significant demographic of Americans don't want to watch 'Lesser' nations on THEIR TV. Shocking or abysmal to the more enlightened? Sure. So you change the facts to make the movie sell.

This is why Ben made the main protagonist American... for the 'Canadian Caper'; It sells. Some of the trickle down effect is that Americans will realize that Canadians, in general, 'Aren't that bad'. You are a great nation full of great glories...you don't need to poach ours.


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