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.
The main person who pushed the story to be published was former C.I.A. Director George Tenet (tenure 1997-2004). While the story was never published, because of bureaucracy, and the yet-to-be-concluded Iran hostage crisis, it was only when Tenet assumed the Directorship of the C.I.A., and in conjunction with the Agency's fiftieth anniversary, that he persuaded Tony Mendez to write his account and memoir of the mission.
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...
In the meeting in Max Klein's office, there is a copy of Sid Caesar's autobiography "Where Have I Been?" on the bookshelf. This memoir was not published until 1983.
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)
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