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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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Trivia

Ben Affleck has stated that the production was granted unprecedented access to the CIA's actual headquarters, both for interiors and exteriors, and that the gratitude for that privilege belongs to Tony Mendez, the retired C.I.A. officer portrayed by Affleck in the film. See more »

Goofs

During the chase at the airport, the aircraft registration HB-ISO can be seen on the B747's body. Swissair's B747-fleet operated under HB-IG"X", in 1980 this would have been HB-IGA or -B . HB-ISO was a DC9. 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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The movie opens with the 1970s-era Warner Bros. slash logo that eventually became the logo of Warner Music, which was designed by Saul Bass, instead of the traditional shield logo. However, the corporate copy below the logo refers to Time Warner, the current incarnation of Warner Communications since 1990, in the same typeface that was used decades ago. See more »


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When the Levee Breaks
Written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham
Performed by Led Zeppelin
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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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