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Synopsis: Available May 29th from 4pm to 8pm only! Available in the state of Oregon only.

While making a documentary about the Anglo-American coup in Iran in 1953, Iranian director Taghi Amirani and editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, The English Patient) discover never- seen-before archive material hidden for decades. The 16mm footage and documents not only allow the filmmakers to tell the story of the overthrow of the Iranian government in unprecedented detail, but also lead to explosive revelations about dark British secrets buried for Sixty-six years. What begins as a history documentary about four days in August 1985 turns into a live investigation, taking the filmmakers into uncharted cinematic waters.


English, Persian, Italian, French

Run Time

119 minutes


Ralph Fiennes
Walter Murch
Taghi Amirani

Directed by

Taghi Amirani

Executive Producer

Gerry Ohrstrom
Neda Nobari
Jon Wilcox

Produced by

Taghi Amirani
Paul Zaentz

Edited by

Walter Murch

Director's Statement

Coup 53 is the most important film I have made or will ever make. It is both deeply personal and highly political. I have grown up with the story of the coup. If you want to understand the current crisis in Iran’s relationship with the west, you must know what happened in 1953 on the streets of Tehran.

“There’s nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” – Harry Truman

Country of Origin

United Kingdom, USA, Iran

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