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The Iran Job: The Story of an American Basketball Player in Iran

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Till Schauder

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About the Movie

When American basketball player Kevin Sheppard accepts a job to play in one of the world's most feared countries - Iran - he expects the worst. But what he finds is a country brimming with generosity, acceptance, and sensuality. With a charismatic personality that charms everyone he meets, Kevin forms an unlikely friendship with three outspoken Iranian women who share with him their strong opinions on everything, from politics to religion to gender roles. Kevin's season in Iran eventually culminates in something much bigger than basketball - the uprising and subsequent suppression of Iran's reformist Green Movement - a powerful prelude to the sweeping changes currently unfolding across the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 18
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This observant documentary avoids pedagogy; it's not always artful, but it has a relaxed, light touch that never topples into pretension. – David DeWitt, New York Times, Oct 11, 2012

Fresh: "The Iran Job" is one of those documentaries that is sad and hopeful in equal measure and exceptional in its storytelling. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Sep 27, 2012

Fresh: This is a complicated, accessible and heartfelt human drama, one that Obama, Romney and Americans of all political stripes should see ... – Andrew O'Hehir,, Oct 9, 2012

Fresh: An underdog sports story, a fish-out-of-water tale, and an outsider's perspective on Iran's almost-revolution of early 2009. – Michael Nordine, Village Voice, Sep 25, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Wonderful surprising film!

Saw this movie in flight across Atlantic. Really enjoyed it and best movie I've seen all year. Wish it had more publicity. Never knew about it before. It was serious, enlightening, funny, and endearing.

what a great doc!

such a great, well-rounded, funny and shocking film. definitely a must see!

Love this movie

I've never written a review on iTunes before but this film is so well done and captures such an extraordinary year in this young man's life in an incredible setting. By the way, the music is unreal…who knew Iranian rap? Perfect all around, the filmmakers have a superb story on their hands.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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