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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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Escape from Tehran  »

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$44,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,458,109 (USA) (14 October 2012)

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$136,025,503 (USA)
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Tony Mendez: Passing by behind Ben Affleck with his family, when Tony is dropped off at the airport to fly to Tehran. See more »

Goofs

Noticeable on the uniforms and caps of immigration officials working at Tehran's airport passport control, is the former coat-of-arms of Iran used during the Shah's reign. After the 1979 revolution, the coat of arm featuring a lion holding a sword surrounded by olive leaves and a crown (symbolizing the Shah) above the lion was immediately replaced by the new theocratic government with a Persian-inspired script symbolizing "Allah" ("God"). The new coat of arms (which appears in the center of Iran's flag today) contains no imagery or symbols relating to the Shah and the Pahlavi dynasty. 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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Featured in Rescued from Tehran: We Were There (2012) 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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argo kidding me?
12 September 2013 | by (san diego) – See all my reviews

the dialogue reminded me of watching bob hope specials with my grandpa in the mid 90's when i was really, really young & bob hope was really, really senile. so cheesy, so banal, with such an archaic & limited worldview you laugh at how bad the lines are; then ben affleck's acting: my finnish spitz displays more 'inner life' when issuing one bark at a random airplane overhead than the emotional totality of his performance​. at some points when aflleck tries to get real mad, real quick, it's akin to witnessing a geo metro​ try to accelerate ​real quick to say...80 mph!!!!

it's just never going to happen.

nothing...is...there.

would give it 1 star but alan arkin is in it & he saves it from such a fate & it looks like he picked up some cool shades from doing the movie. well played, arkin.


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