SUBJECTS — U.S./1945 – 1991 & Iran – The Iran Hostage Crisis;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Caring & Citizenship.
AGE: Age: 14+; MPAA Rating — R for language and some violent images;
Drama; 2012; 120 minutes; Color. Available from Amazon.com.
Note: The film focuses on the good fortune of six American diplomats who escaped the 1979 take-over of the U.S. embassy in Tehran by Iranian militants. It takes attention away from more important stories including: (1) the American intervention in Iranian affairs which led to the brutal and repressive 25 year reign of the Shaw, an intervention that continues to be a major factor in the long-lasting hatred of the U.S. by many people in Iran; and (2) the plight of the 52 American diplomats who were held hostage and sometimes tortured for 444 days after the embassy take-over. TWM recommends this film only for the purpose of showing students some of the risks of getting history through movies that are “based on” real events, even if the facts presented in the film are themselves reasonably accurate. Since the vast majority of adults do not read history books but instead learn about the past from movies “based on” historical events, instruction in the proper use of historical fiction will be a lasting benefit for most students.