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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 1979.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tony Mendez
... Jack O'Donnell
... Lester Siegel
... John Chambers
... Ken Taylor
... Bob Anders
... Cora Lijek
... Joe Stafford
... Lee Schatz
... Mark Lijek
... Kathy Stafford
... Hamilton Jordan
... Malinov
... Robert Pender
... Bates
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Escape from Tehran  »

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Budget:

$44,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,458,109, 14 October 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$136,025,503

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$232,325,503
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In a curious coincidence, the Swissair airliner that flew the six "houseguests" from Tehran to Zurich was code-named "Aargau" (after the canton/district in Switzerland). See more »

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When Tony Mendez arrives in Tehran, he presents his Canadian passport to the Iranian immigration official. On presentation, a large version of the Canadian coat of arms appears on the cover of the passport, the bio page of the passport contains a water mark (to the left of the passport number) on the top edge of the "endorsements and limitations" page which is right above the bio page, and the photo appears to the right of the bio page's data. This passport version was introduced by Passport Canada (issuer of Canadian passports) circa 1998. In 1980, the bio data on a Canadian passport would appear typed on one page, and the photo was glued to the page right beneath it. Also, the Canadian coat-of-arms appears in a smaller version in the center of the passport's cover. Ironically, ten minutes after arriving in Tehran, when Mendez is meeting the Canadian Ambassador discretely in a car and is presented with the passports that will be use to sneak the U.S. diplomats out of Iran, do we see the correct version of the passport used in this mission. 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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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 »

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Yet another inaccurate historical film
19 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

This film spends half its time calling Hollywood a bunch of phonies and liars, then makes a phony film that tells a lie. The true story is amazing. This one completely misleads on the actual events, and leaves out some of its greatest heroes. I've seen Ben Affleck on multiple talk shows talking about politics. This film had a chance to tell an amazing story of diplomacy, cooperation and bravery, but failed to tell the story.

I know it's not a documentary, and I know that a director needs to add in dialog that no one could know, but even Titanic, a story about two people who never existed, got the facts right. I'd put this film in the same category as Inglorious Basterds. Entertaining, but insultingly misleading.


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