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Desert One

1hr 47mins
Directed by
Barbara Kopple
Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Ted Koppel

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It has been called “the most audacious, difficult, complicated rescue mission ever attempted.” Desert One ​uniquely blends emotion and bravado to tell the incredible tale of America’s secret mission to free the hostages of the 1979 Iranian revolution. Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple discovers a wealth of unearthed archival sources and receives unprecedented access, engaging in intimate conversations with many of the soldiers closest to the story, some for the first time, as well as President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale and TV newsman Ted Koppel.

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Desert One, a superb documentary by Barbara Kopple, snatches high drama from the jaws of devastating failure.

Review Author
Joe Morgenstern
Review Publication
Wall Street Journal
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A terrifically dramatic and very emotional film.

Review Author
Godfrey Cheshire
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Provides a fascinating deep dive into organized failure.

Review Author
Jordan Mintzer
Review Publication
Hollywood Reporter

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