In 1979, the Iranian Revolution erupted. During this upheaval, the US Embassy and its personnel were seized by militants, while six diplomatic personnel managed to escape and find refuge courtesy of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor and his staff. Through their words and others' from that time, the events of that crisis are told as Canada found itself in the midst of an international intrigue that defied all conventional understanding. All this culminated in the Canadian government devising a way with CIA assistance to smuggle the fugitives out in an operation that would provide some hope during a dark time in American history.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
"Our Man in Tehran" covers the same events dramatized by director Ben Affleck in "Argo." The title refers to Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran. US President Jimmy Carter called Taylor "our man in Tehran" because he provided intelligence to the US government following the takeover of the US embassy in Iran. See more »
Forget about Ben Affleck's silly fairy tale, "Argo." If you want to learn the real story behind the Iran hostage crisis and the rescue of six American hostages, this is the documentary to watch. "Our Man in Tehran" gives you the whole story, minus the fictional elements that Mr. Affleck and company added to their mediocre caper flick. It's all here in this documentary: the historical context, the real players, the Canadian reconnaissance, and the subplot where the CIA almost screwed everything up with wrong dates on the passports.
If you prefer reality to fiction, skip "Argo" and watch "Our Man in Tehran." The real story is actually much more interesting than Hollywood's version.
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