R | | Biography, Drama, Thriller
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.
Zsa Zsa Gabor's Beverly Hills estate exteriors doubled for the house of Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin). Gabor, who was at home during filming, was too ill to observe the production proceedings.
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...
After the script reading, when Tony Mendez, Lester Siegel and John Chambers make a toast, the camera angle changes while Lester drinks and there is more liquor in his glass in the second shot than in the first.
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.
An extended version of the film was released on Blu-Ray in 2013 with 9 minutes worth of alternate or extended footage. Many of the new scenes explored Tony Mendez's family background.
English, Persian, Arabic
$19,458,109 (USA) (14 October 2012)