The Mission

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Thriller

This offbeat, thoroughly engaging film has Touzie playing a hit man from Iran, sent by the Khomeini regime to eliminate enemies of the state and former allies of the deposed Shah. In New York, his new assignment is to bump off Sayyad, a former colonel in the Shah's SAVAK secret police. As a devout Muslim in the Babylon of New York City, Touzie goes through...read more

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This offbeat, thoroughly engaging film has Touzie playing a hit man from Iran, sent by the Khomeini regime to eliminate enemies of the state and former allies of the deposed Shah. In New York, his new assignment is to bump off Sayyad, a former colonel in the Shah's SAVAK secret police. As a

devout Muslim in the Babylon of New York City, Touzie goes through numerous culture shocks to which he cannot adjust, such as a lightly clad Marilyn Monroe displayed openly on television. Eventually he closes in on his victim, but before he can strike, he inadvertently saves his target from being

mugged. Sayyad, grateful for what his fellow countryman has done, takes his would-be killer into his home and treats him as a member of the family. Not realizing Touzie's true intent, Sayyad introduces him to his wife and children, who have all assimilated American culture.

Sayyad, who also directed and wrote the film, gives a wonderful performance as the amiable colonel; Touzie is an excellent counterpart with his confused character. Never heavy-handed about a subject that requires great care, Sayyad creates a story that is at once both funny and thrilling. The

political and religious satires are woven into the film with skill, making a point while never ceasing to entertain. Sayyad at one time had been a popular Iranian filmmaker with a string of successful comedies and his own television series, the latter often being yanked off the air for political

content. He fled to New York during the Iranian revolution; his Teheran movie theater was destroyed in the violent street riots. In THE MISSION, Sayyad portrays the Iranian people and both sides of the conflict without showing extreme prejudice toward either viewpoint. Barry Rosen, one of the

American hostages during the 444-day embassy crisis, felt that the film was a fair portrait of the revolutionaries he had gotten to know while in Iran, seen in the movie as actual human beings with their own problems rather than mindless zealots. (In Farsi; English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This offbeat, thoroughly engaging film has Touzie playing a hit man from Iran, sent by the Khomeini regime to eliminate enemies of the state and former allies of the deposed Shah. In New York, his new assignment is to bump off Sayyad, a former colonel in t… (more)

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