On Wings of Eagles (miniseries)

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On Wings of Eagles
Based onOn Wings of Eagles by Ken Follett
Screenplay byKen Follett and Sam Rolfe
Directed byAndrew V. McLaglen
StarringBurt Lancaster
Richard Crenna
Paul Le Mat
Theme music composerLaurence Rosenthal
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English, Persian
No. of episodes2
Producer(s)Lynn Raynor
CinematographyRobert Steadman
Editor(s)Alan Strachan
Running time241 minutes
Production company(s)Taft Entertainment Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseMay 18, 1986

On Wings of Eagles (also known as Teheran) is a 1986 American television 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 (1978-1979). As Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi is overthrown by Ayatollah Ruhollah 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

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