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Argo (2012)



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 only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies. -- (C) Warner Bros.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
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Ben Affleck
as Tony Mendez
Alan Arkin
as Lester Siegel
John Goodman
as John Chambers
Bryan Cranston
as Jack O'Donnell
Taylor Schilling
as Christine Mendez
Tate Donovan
as Bob Anders
Clea DuVall
as Cora Lijek
Richard Kind
as Max Klein
Scoot McNairy
as Joe Stafford
Victor Garber
as Ken Taylor
Rory Cochrane
as Lee Schatz
Kerry Bishé
as Kathy Stafford
Kyle Chandler
as Hamilton Jordan
Zeljko Ivanek
as Robert Pender
Keith Szarabajka
as Adam Engell
Bob Gunton
as Cyrus Vance
Richard Dillane
as OSS Officer Nicholls
Omid Abtahi
as Reza Borhani
Page Leong
as Pat Taylor
Farshad Farahat
as Azizi Checkpoint #3
Karina Logue
as Elizabeth Ann Swift
Ryan Ahern
as Sgt. Sickmann
Bill Tangradi
as Alan B. Golacinski
Jamie McShane
as William J. Daugherty
Matthew Glave
as Col. Charles W. Scot...
Roberto García Suáre...
as Sgt. William Gallego...
Christopher Stanley
as Thomas L. Ahern, Jr...
Alborz Basiratmand
as Student with Poster
Ruty Rutenberg
as Marine #1
Sharareh Sedghi
as Lady with Radio
Bobby Zegar
as Tear Gas Student
Matt Nolan
as Peter Genco
Bill Kalmenson
as Hal Saunders
Rob Brownstein
as Landon Butler
David Sullivan
as Jon Titterton
Jean Carol
as Jordan's Secretary
Michael Cassidy
as Jordan's Analyst
John Boyd
as Lamont
Nikka Far
as Tehran Mary
Aidan Sussman
as Ian Mendez
Barry Livingston
as David Marmor
Ali Saam
as Ali Khalkhali
Scott Anthony Leet
as The Minotaur
Ashley Wood
as Space Lab Nurse
Rob Tepper
as Film Director
Ray Porter
as First A.D.
Danielle Barbosa
as Lester's Housekeeper
Michael Parks
as Jack Kirby
Adrienne Barbeau
as Nina/Serksi the Gala...
Tom Lenk
as Variety Reporter
Nelson Franklin
as LA Times Reporter
Kelly Curran
as Princess Aleppa
Mark Rhino Smith
as Evil Villain
Scott Elrod
as Achilles Crux
Billy Blair
as Humanoid Robot
Daston Kalili
as Green Jacket
Joseph S. Griffo
as Nestor the Android
Andrew Varenhorst
as Blue Monster
Alison Fiori
as Sci Fi Body Suit Gir...
Taies Farzan
as Middle Class Iranian...
Florans Atlantis
as Middle Class Iranian...
Rafi Pitts
as Iranian Consulate Of...
Allegra Carpenter
as British Airways Flig...
Bobby Naderi
as Airport Husband
Ray Haratian
as Immigration Officer
Mehrdad Sarlak
as Immigration Officer
Soheil Tasbihchi
as Immigration Officer
Hovik Gharibian
as Immigration Officer
Dorianne Pahlavan
as Airport Hysterical W...
Hooshang Tooze
as Deputy Minister of I...
Ali Farkhonde
as Tehran Car Rental Ma...
Sahm McGlynn
as Bearded Fundamentali...
Muhammad Cangoren
as Bazaar Shopkeeper
Asghar Allah Veirdi ...
as Bazaar Angry Man
Leyla Beysulen
as Angry Woman
Lindsey Ginter
as Hedley Donovan
Tim Quill
as Alan Sosa
Larry Sullivan
as Engell's Secretary
Dan Dijulio
as Sgt. Gauthier
Danilo DiJulio
as Sgt. Gauthier
Fanshen Cox
as White House Operator
Tehmina Sunny
as Swissair Ticketing A...
Amir Kamyab
as Passport Official
Baris Deli
as Carpet Factory Komit...
Cas Anvar
as Revolutionary Guard
Bahram Khosraviani
as Revolutionary Guard
Michael Chieffo
as CIA Archives officer
Hans Tester
as Swissair Pilot
Yan Feldman
as Air Traffic Controll...
Fahim Fazli
as Komiteh Subordinate
Nancy Stelle
as Swissair Flight Atte...
Maz Siam
as Iraqi Border Guard
Sam Sheikholeslami
as Revolutionary Guard
Saba Sarem
as Revolutionary Guard
Puya Abbassi
as Revolutionary Guard
Seyed Reza Mir Karim...
as Revolutionary Guard
Jozef Fahey
as Lock Up PA
Annie Little
as Swissair Gate Agent
Brandon Tabassi
as Young Komiteh at Air...
Alex Schemmer
as Swissair Co-Pilot
Ken Edling
as Assistant Secretary ...
Deborah Deimel Bean
as State Dept. Official
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News & Interviews for Argo

Critic Reviews for Argo

All Critics (305) | Top Critics (52)

It's so sleek and well-made that you'll wish you could park it in your driveway and show it off to your neighbors.

Full Review… | April 8, 2016

If the aim is to draw a parallel between the artifice of Hollywood and the spy trade, Argo never quite comes together, but it is a well-executed thriller that tells a true story in entertaining fashion.

Full Review… | February 24, 2016
Fort Worth Weekly

A solid piece of entertainment as well as a timely and exciting encapsulation of real-life historical intrigue, Argo shows actor-director Ben Affleck in impressive form almost all the way across the board.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
Georgia Straight

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 (UK)

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

Audience Reviews for Argo

Ben Affleck proves again that he is a very talented director, nailing it with this gripping and gut-wrenching thriller that blends a lot of tension and humor with success - despite a pretty obvious and artificial desire to escalate the tension to the point of almost torture.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Argo Quotes

Lester Siegel: History starts out as farce and ends up as tragedy.
– Submitted by Thiru????i K (2 years ago)
Jack O'Donnell: We're a spy agency! Find him!
– Submitted by Zach S (2 years ago)
Lester Siegel: If I'm doing a fake movie, it's gonna be a fake hit.
– Submitted by The Most Interesting T (2 years ago)
John Chambers: We did it!
– Submitted by Lucas B (3 years ago)

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