Argo and the Canadian Caper
October 12, 2012 8:42 AM Subscribe
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Today marks the release of the film Argo,
about the effort to smuggle out six Americans from Iran after the fall of the shah. The film is based on the actual events of the Canadian Caper
, during which the Canadian embassy and staff in Iran sheltered the six Americans and, in cooperation with the CIA
, provided Canadian identities and passports for the six. They were then smuggled out under the ruse of being part of the film crew for a science fiction film based on Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light.
Over concerns that the film underplays the role of the Canadians, Ben Affleck invited Ken Taylor (the Canadian ambassador to Iran during the hostage crisis) to rewrite the movie's post-script.