Argo (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.


Movie Info

Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is … More

Rating: R (for language and some violent images)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Terrio
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2013
Box Office: $136.0M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Tony Mendez

as Lester Siegel

as John Chambers

as Jack O'Donnell

as Christine Mendez

as Bob Anders

as Cora Lijek

as Max Klein

as Joe Stafford

as Ken Taylor

as Lee Schatz

as Kathy Stafford

as Hamilton Jordan

as Malinov

as Robert Pender

as Robert Pender

as Adam Engell

as Cyrus Vance

as OSS Officer Nicholls

as Reza Borhani

as Pat Taylor

as Azizi Checkpoint #3

as Elizabeth Ann Swift

as Sgt. Sickmann

as Alan B. Golacinski

as William J. Daugherty

as Col. Charles W. Scot...

as Sgt. William Gallego...

as Thomas L. Ahern, Jr...

as Student with Poster

as Marine #1

as Lady with Radio

as Tear Gas Student

as Peter Genco

as Hal Saunders

as Landon Butler

as Jon Titterton

as Jordan's Secretary

as Jordan's Analyst

as Lamont

as Tehran Mary

as Ian Mendez

as David Marmor

as Ali Khalkhali

as The Minotaur

as Space Lab Nurse

as Film Director

as First A.D.

as Lester's Housekeeper

as Jack Kirby

as Nina/Serksi the Gala...

as Variety Reporter

as LA Times Reporter

as Princess Aleppa

as Evil Villain

as Achilles Crux

as Humanoid Robot

as Green Jacket

as Nestor the Android

as Blue Monster

as Sci Fi Body Suit Gir...

as Middle Class Iranian...

as Middle Class Iranian...

as Iranian Consulate Of...

as British Airways Flig...

as Airport Husband

as Immigration Officer

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as Deputy Minister of I...

as Tehran Car Rental Ma...

as Bearded Fundamentali...

as Bazaar Shopkeeper

as Bazaar Angry Man

as Angry Woman

as Hedley Donovan

as Alan Sosa

as Engell's Secretary

as Sgt. Gauthier

as White House Operator

as Swissair Ticketing A...

as Passport Official

as Carpet Factory Komit...

as Revolutionary Guard

as Revolutionary Guard

as CIA Archives officer

as Swissair Pilot

as Air Traffic Controll...

as Komiteh Subordinate

as Swissair Flight Atte...

as Iraqi Border Guard

as Revolutionary Guard

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as Lock Up PA

as Swissair Gate Agent

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as Swissair Co-Pilot

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as State Dept. Official

as Protestor
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Critic Reviews for Argo

All Critics (300) | Top Critics (51)

Affleck is still building up his chops as a director, but the intelligence and ambition he brings to filmmaking are particularly apparent in Argo.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Film Comment Magazine

The old saw "truth is stranger than fiction" has had its teeth properly sharpened in the superb thriller Argo, a blend of political history and Hollywood hijinks that goes right for the jugular.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Independent

How do you mix a sweaty thriller with Wag the Dog-like chicanery and one-liners? He pulls it off, in part because the backdrops and costumes are so authentic and the performances so straightforward. It is also his technique.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Cleveland Plain Dealer

I can't remember the last time I was in a movie theater audience that clapped. Twice. Even I clapped. It's that good.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Christianity Today

Credit Affleck for keeping these two wildly different ideas and tones in check. The Tehran portions would have been too grim without the humor, and the Hollywood scenes too flippant without the deadly stakes.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Much like his earlier directorial efforts, Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Affleck delivers a blockbuster with brains that's populated by nicely rounded characters.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
Daily Record [UK]

Audience Reviews for Argo

Solid, for the most part, but seems to morph into a whole different movie in the middle. It's goofier in the Hollywood scenes, bookended by an intense introduction and conclusion. A high-quality rental if you're looking for a recommendation.

flutieman07
Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

It's a simple movie, a film about a ride to the airport really. But Affleck makes no mistakes ... not a one in this telling of a true international event, a crisis, and therein the charm. The locales, the actors, the writing, the pacing, everything done nigh perfectly (nearly Hitchcockian!), all built to a cohesive whole that's as nerve wracking as any film could be. Must see.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Its alright but not worth all the praise it got. Slow burner with very little pay off.

stuartb1234
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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