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Our Man in Tehran (2013)

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The events of the Iranian Hostage Crisis and Canada's involvement, especially concerning Ambassador Ken Taylor, are explored.
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Credited cast:
Assadollah Alam Assadollah Alam ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Anders Bob Anders ... Himself
Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Clark Joe Clark ... Himself
Walter Cronkite ... Himself (archive footage)
William Daugherty William Daugherty ... Himself
Massoumeh Ebtekar Massoumeh Ebtekar ... Herself (archive footage)
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh Sadegh Ghotbzadeh ... Himself (archive footage)
Carole Jerome Carole Jerome ... Herself
Sadegh Khalkhali Sadegh Khalkhali ... Himself (archive footage)
Ayatollah Khomeini ... Himself (archive footage) (as Ruhollah Khomeyni)
Flora MacDonald ... Herself
Tony Mendez ... Himself
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Farah Pahlavi ... Herself (archive footage) (as Empress Farah)


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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Release Date:

15 May 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nasz czlowiek w Teheranie See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,640, 17 May 2015

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Film House, Rhombus Media See more »
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1.78 : 1
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"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 »

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Our Man in Tehran sets the record straight...
24 September 2013 | by mote99See all my reviews

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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