影片以波斯帝国的简史开始，通向更现代的时代，1953年伊朗领导人在美国和英国的帮助下被推翻。伊朗的亲西方的伊朗国王领导了这个国家，直到在1979年，当时因他不断努力西化这个国家和实行镇压政策而在人民中产生极大不满而被推翻。Ayatollah Khomeini 控制了这个国家。国王被驱逐到埃及，后来去美国接受癌症治疗。
导演：本·阿弗莱克 Ben Affleck
主演：本·阿弗莱克 Ben Affleck
约翰·古德曼 John Goodman
艾伦·阿金 Alan Arkin
布莱恩·科兰斯顿 Bryan Cranston
迈克尔·帕克斯 Michael Parks
凯尔·钱德勒 Kyle Chandler
克丽·杜瓦尔 Clea DuVall 地区：美国，语言：英语，字幕：英文
影片以波斯帝国的简史开始，通向更现代的时代，1953年伊朗领导人在美国和英国的帮助下被推翻。伊朗的亲西方的伊朗国王领导了这个国家，直到在1979年，当时因他不断努力西化这个国家和实行镇压政策而在人民中产生极大不满而被推翻。Ayatollah Khomeini 控制了这个国家。国王被驱逐到埃及，后来去美国接受癌症治疗。虽然Carter 总统出于人道主义原因，允许国王来美国，伊朗人民认为这是为反美情绪火上浇油。
The movie begins with a brief history of the Persian Empire, leading up to more modern times, when the Iranian leadership was overthrown in 1953, with the assistance of the United States and Great Britain. The pro-Western Shah of Iran led the country until 1979, when he was overthrown among great resentment among the people for his continuing efforts to westernize the country and for his repressive policies. Ayatollah Khomeini assumed control of the country. The Shah was exiled to Egypt and later went to the U.S. to receive cancer treatments. Although President Carter allowed the Shah to come to the U.S. for humanitarian reasons, the people of Iran viewed it as more fuel for the anti-American fire.
On November 4, 1979, militants are protesting outside the U.S. embassy in Tehran. They are demanding the Shah be returned to Iran to stand trial. When some of the protesters manage to scale the boundary fence, orders are given to start destroying all embassy records, some by shredding and some by burning. Equipment is also destroyed.
The head of embassy security attempts to go outside and reason with the militants, but he’s immediately captured and taken hostage. The marines charged with guarding the embassy are armed, but their leader cautions them not to shoot anyone. They limit their efforts to the use of tear gas, but once the chains on the outside gates are removed, the militants storm the embassy and take 66 of the 72 diplomats and embassy staff hostage. Six of the staff, in the only building with a direct exit to the street, are able to escape and hide in the home of the Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber). (Fourteen of the hostages were later released, mostly because they were from countries already considered repressed by the U.S., or for health reasons.)
One of the militants comes across a poster photo of the Ayatollah with several darts in it, adding to the furor of the moment.
In the following days, weeks and months, the hostages were blindfolded and paraded in front of TV cameras and jeering crowds. They were not allowed to speak or read, and they were rarely permitted to change clothes. Throughout the crisis there was a frightening uncertainty about their fate: The hostages never knew whether they were going to be tortured, murdered or set free.
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