After the seizing of the American Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979, six Americans manage to escape. They contact Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor (Gordon Pinsent), who keeps them hidden from the Iranian anti-US activists. For three grueling months, Taylor and his "guests" plan a daring escape. A Montreal journalist (Robert Lalonde) finds out, posing a threat to the plan by intimating that he won't keep Taylor's secret. The dramatic reenactments in Escape From Iran: The Canadian Caper are cleverly integrated with news footage of the actual events. Filmed in Toronto, with several stalwart Canadian actors in cast, including Chris Wiggins, Robert Joy, Les Carlson, Escape From Iran premiered on American television on May 17, 1981.
by Hal Erickson synopsis