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Where to Watch Desert One Documentary Movie

The United States’ failed 1980 rescue mission in Iran is coming to a screen near you. On Friday, Greenwich Entertainment released Desert One, a new documentary from Barbara Kopple about Operation Eagle Claw, the infamous United States Armed Forces operation meant to free hostages captured during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Kopple’s Desert One documentary charts the immense effort that went into planning the mission, as well as its colossal failure and eventual impact on the Carter administration.

Desert One is technically a theatrical release, but even though theaters across the country remain closed, viewers still have a few ways to watch. Is the Desert One documentary streaming? How do I watch the Desert One movie? Read on to find out!

WHEN DOES THE DESERT ONE MOVIE COME OUT?

Barbara Kopple’s Operation Eagle Claw documentary premieres today, Friday, August 21.

IS THE DESERT ONE DOCUMENTARY STREAMING?

Desert One is currently playing in select theaters and via virtual cinema, so technically, it is available to stream — for a price. Keep reading to learn more about how to watch Desert One online.

DESERT ONE DOCUMENTARY: WHERE TO WATCH THE FILM

This is where things get tricky. The Operation Eagle Claw documentary is available to watch in select theaters (a movie theater, what a concept!) and through their online cinema services. The easiest way to figure out how to watch the doc is by going to the official Desert One website and entering your city on the “Get Tickets” page; the website will then populate a list of local theaters that are showing the film either virtually, or at a set time.

For example, if you type in “New York,” a list of theaters in a 30-mile radius from New York City will pop up. According to the list, Desert One is currently streaming virtually via the New York Film and Video Council and the New York Institute of Technology, among others, and in person at the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut.

DESERT ONE DOCUMENTARY: WATCH ONLINE FROM A LOCAL THEATER

Those looking to watch Desert One on virtual cinema have a variety of different local theaters to choose from. To access tickets, simply click “Virtual Cinema” under a specific theater listing. You will be taken to a separate page, where you can purchase tickets by clicking “Unlock Now.”

Most virtual cinemas are charging $9.99 for Desert One tickets, but that price could change depending on the venue. After unlocking the film, you will have 14 days to watch. Once you start Desert One, you will have 72 hours to complete the film.

One more thing! Due to the virtual nature of these releases, you don’t actually have to be in a specific region or city to access the film. For example, I’m currently in Delaware, where Desert One is not showing, but I can still watch via a New York-based theater. To that end, the easiest way to watch the Desert One documentary online is to type in a major city into the website’s “Get Tickets” page and go from there.

WHERE CAN I WATCH DESERT ONE DOCUMENTARY IN THEATERS?

If you want to watch Desert One on the big screen, you have a few options. To find a theater showing the documentary in your area, head to the “Get Tickets” page on the official website, select the specific day and time you would like to go, and click the ticket icon to be taken to the theater’s website.

WHAT WAS OPERATION EAGLE CLAW?

In November 1979, 52 American diplomats and citizens at the United States Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage by a group of Iranian college students. After negotiations failed, President Jimmy Carter attempted to end the stand-off by ordering a military mission known as Operation Eagle Claw in April 1980. However, due to a variety of different issues, including a debacle at helicopter staging area Desert One, the operation failed, and the United States was ridiculed around the world.

The hostages were eventually freed in January 1981, 444 days after their initial capture.

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