On Wings of Eagles (miniseries)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
On Wings of Eagles
Based on On Wings of Eagles by Ken Follett
Screenplay by Ken Follett and Sam Rolfe
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Starring Burt Lancaster
Richard Crenna
Paul Le Mat
Theme music composer Laurence Rosenthal
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English, Persian
No. of episodes 2
Producer(s) Lynn Raynor
Cinematography Robert Steadman
Editor(s) Alan Strachan
Running time 241 minutes
Production company(s) Taft Entertainment Television
Original network NBC
Original release May 18, 1986

On Wings of Eagles also known as Teheran is a 1986 NBC TV miniseries starring Burt Lancaster and Richard Crenna, and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. It was adapted from Ken Follett's 1983 book of the same name.


The story is set during the Iranian revolution. As the Shah is overthrown by Ayatollah Khomeini in the takeover of Iran, two executives of Electronic Data Systems, are arrested on false charges and then imprisoned. The head of the company, H. Ross Perot (Richard Crenna), travels to Tehran to negotiate for their release. Meanwhile, a retired US Army Special Forces Colonel, Arthur D. 'Bull' Simons (Burt Lancaster), is hired by Perot to formulate a rescue plan at any cost.


Actor Role
Burt Lancaster Colonel Arthur D. "Bull" Simons
Richard Crenna H. Ross Perot
Paul Le Mat Jay Coburn
Louis Giambalvo Paul Chiapparone
Jim Metzler Bill Gaylord
Lawrence Pressman Bill Gayden
Esai Morales Rashid
Martin Doyle Jim Schwebach
Robert Wightman Keane Taylor
Cyril O'Reilly Pat Scully
Bob Delegall Ron Davis
William Bumiller Rich Gallagher
James Sutorius Joe Poche
Richard Anthony Crenna Ross Perot Jr.
Constance Towers Margot Perot
Karen Carlson Ruth Chiapparone
Patrick Collins John Howell
Patty McCormack Liz Coburn
Zevi Wolmark Ted Maxwell
Kabir Bedi Mohammad


The miniseries was nominated for Outstanding Miniseries at the 38th Primetime Emmy Awards.


  • Burt Lancaster: An American Life, by Kate Buford

External links[edit]