6 Days (2017 film)

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6 Days
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Toa Fraser
Produced by
  • Matthew Metcalfe
Screenplay by
Music by Lachlan Anderson
Cinematography Aaron Morton
Edited by
  • John Gilbert
  • Dan Kircher
Distributed by Icon Film Distribution
Release date
  • 4 August 2017 (2017-08-04) (NZIFF)
  • 3 November 2017 (2017-11-03) (United Kingdom)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
New Zealand
Language English

6 Days is a British-New Zealand biographical action film directed by Toa Fraser and written by Glenn Standring.[1] It is based upon the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege in London and stars Jamie Bell, Abbie Cornish, Mark Strong and Martin Shaw. The film was released on 4 August 2017 to mixed reviews.


On 30 April 1980, six Iranians led by Salim storm the Iranian Embassy located in 16 Princes Gate, Kensington in London and hold at least 26 hostages. Notable persons have been summoned by the incident, including SAS members led by Lance Corporal Rusty Firmin, BBC Reporter Kate Adie, and Chief Inspector Max Vernon of Metropolitan Police. The authorities receive a call from Salim, demanding the release of 91 Arab prisoners in Iran, or else they will kill a hostage if the demands are not met.

On Day 2, Max negotiates with Salim by phone, saying that Max will help him by means of no violence. After that, Salim releases one hostage, due to illness, but Salim maintains his promise that he will start killing the hostages. After Max brings food to the terrorists, Salim speaks to Max, demanding two buses to Heathrow Airport in two days.

On Day 3 and 4, Salim calls again, demanding that the Ambassador speak with them. Salim's right-hand man, Faisal, takes one hostage to be killed. However, the Iranian authorities refuse to be part of the negotiation. Salim calls Max, demanding to speak to the BBC, and Max reluctantly agrees. A vengeful Salim says that his people are being tortured by the Persians. Afterwards, Salim reluctantly releases another hostage.

On Day 5, as per Salim's demand, the BBC World Service are able to broadcast the message from the terrorists, stating that the reason for arriving in the UK is because of the oppression by the Iranian government in Arabistan. Hearing the news, Salim thanks Max and releases two hostages.

On Day 6, Faisal kills a hostage after the demand of bringing the bus is not met. The shooting prompts the SAS to take action of infiltrating the embassy. Once inside, they manage to release the hostages safely and kill the terrorists including Salim and Faisal.



On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 61%, based on 28 reviews, with a rating average of 6.4/10.[2]


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