The Iran hostage crisis was one of the most harrowing events of the Carter administration, with 52 U.S. diplomats and citizens held against their will for more than a year. Desert One recounts the difficult and dangerous rescue mission to recover the captives.
Directed by Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County U.S.A.), the film includes interviews with many of the major players in the event, including President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Walter Mondale, as well as hostages and the hostage-takers. Ted Koppel, whose long-running Nightline program premiered in 1979 as a way to give the nation nightly updates on the negotiations, is also featured. But the film's focus is primarily on the Special Forces who led a rescue mission in 1980, with never-before-seen archival footage.
Take a look at the trailer below.
Desert One opens on VOD and in theaters (if they're open) on August 21.