Argo (2012)


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120 min  –  Biography | Drama | History  –  12 October 2012 (USA)

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10 from 240,914 users

Metascore: 86/100

Director: Ben Affleck

Writers: Chris Terrio (screenplay), Tony Mendez (based on a selection from “The Master of Disguise”

Awards:  Won 3 Oscars. Another 62 wins & 72 nominations.

Plot Summary

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

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Cast

  • Ben Affleck – Tony Mendez
  • Bryan Cranston – Jack O’Donnell
  • Alan Arkin – Lester Siegel
  • John Goodman – John Chambers
  • Clea DuVall – Cora Lijek
  • Kyle Chandler – Hamilton Jordan
  • Victor Garber – Ken Taylor
  • Tate Donovan – Bob Anders
  • Michael Parks – Jack Kirby
  • Tom Lenk – Rodd
  • Christopher Stanley – Tom Ahern
  • Taylor Schilling – Christine Mendez
  • Sheila Vand – Sahar
  • Chris Messina – Malinov
  • Richard Kind – Max Klein
  • Titus Welliver – Jon Bates
  • Rory Cochrane – Lee Schatz
  • Omid Abtahi – Reza
  • Scoot McNairy – Joe Stafford
  • Kerry Bishé – Kathy Stafford
  • Bob Gunton – Cyrus Vance
  • Adrienne Barbeau – Nina
  • Fouad Hajji – Komiteh

Storyline

In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was eventually ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: to create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceed to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves.

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