Desert One

2019

Desert One

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In April 1980, the US government launched the Operation Eagle Claw, their response to the hostage crisis that was happening in Iran at that time. Helmed by the then-president Jimmy Carter, the Delta Force tried to rescue the 52 hostages that were detained in the U.S. Embassy and Foreign Ministry buildings in Tehran. The documentary film Desert One explores the different aspects of this failed mission through interviews with the hostages, soldiers, commanders, and even President Carter. Directed by Barbara Kopple.

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  • The result is a film that can be somewhat conventional in form, including a score that overdoes it on the pathos, but one that still provides a fascinating deep dive into organized failure.

    September 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • You emerge from "Desert One" knowing certain aspects of the Iran-hostage crisis better than you did before. That makes it a worthy film, and an absorbing one.

    September 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Kopple covers every angle of the story and the history in this gripping documentary that combines incredible archival footage and recordings with interviews of some surviving hostages and members of Delta Force, the unit that attempted the rescue.

    January 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Desert One is a fitting memorial of courage, even in the face of insurmountable odds.

    November 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • ...the standard talking-heads-and-news-clips execution puts the whole story at a remove, as though Kopple is expecting us to watch her movie on a screen in the kitchen while we're doing something else.

    September 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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