Argo

2012

Argo

Critics Consensus

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

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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.

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Cast

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. Scott
Roberto García Suárez
as Sgt. William Gallegos
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 Galactic Witch
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
Amitis Frances Ariano
as Persian Dancer
Alison Fiori
as Sci Fi Body Suit Girl
Taies Farzan
as Middle Class Iranian Woman
Florans Atlantis
as Middle Class Iranian Man
Rafi Pitts
as Iranian Consulate Official
Allegra Carpenter
as British Airways Flight Attendant
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 Wife
Hooshang Tooze
as Deputy Minister of Islamic Guidance
Ali Farkhonde
as Tehran Car Rental Man
Sahm McGlynn
as Bearded Fundamentalist in Bazaar
Muhammad Cangoren
as Bazaar Shopkeeper
Asghar Allah Veirdi Zadeh
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 Agent
Amir Kamyab
as Passport Official
Baris Deli
as Carpet Factory Komiteh
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 Controller
Fahim Fazli
as Komiteh Subordinate
Nancy Stelle
as Swissair Flight Attendant
Maz Siam
as Iraqi Border Guard
Sam Sheikholeslami
as Revolutionary Guard
Saba Sarem
as Revolutionary Guard
Puya Abbassi
as Revolutionary Guard
Seyed Reza Mir Karimi
as Revolutionary Guard
Jozef Fahey
as Lock Up PA
Annie Little
as Swissair Gate Agent
Brandon Tabassi
as Young Komiteh at Airport
Alex Schemmer
as Swissair Co-Pilot
Ken Edling
as Assistant Secretary of State
Deborah Deimel Bean
as State Dept. Official
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  • Jul 06, 2016
    A film that I can only describe as Ben Affleck's baby, Argo is about the true story of the US embassy in Tehran, Iran being raided with 6 Americans stuck in Tehran as refugees, but it's only a matter of time before the revolution find them. I remember back at the awards season of 2012, Argo was the film to beat and I never managed to watch it. Having finally now watched this, I can tell you that this was a tense thriller! With Affleck starring and directing, you can tell he was giving his all and he was superb. The supporting cast were also excellent especially veterans Arkin and Cranston. The direction was exciting with crafty camera shots, good editing and a variety of different styles being used, definitely worthy of the Academy Award for Best Director. The introduction was informative, setting up the Iranian revolution and the current state of play in Iran. It did however take a while for the film to get going but once in full motion, the tension just kept building. Overall, a tense thriller based on true events that were only recently detailed but does take a while for the film to get going. Reviewed by: www.themoviediorama.com
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    "Argo" perfectly tells the story of War and Drama. Set in the late 70's early 80's the plot to "Argo" is that six Americans that are being held in "Iran" and a man named "Tony Mendez" portrayed by "Ben Affleck" who works for the C.I.A. has an elaborate scheme to make a "fake" movie so he can travel to Iran and rescue the six Americans. The opening scene to "Argo" shows Iran's downfall and the people's rage being taken out on the "United States". The scene is edited to show the real event and the movie, which is edited well. For the most of the movie it shows "Tony Mendez" working to make sure that his movie "Argo" will allow him to enter and exit Iran. These scenes are interesting and sometimes humorous to watch. When watching these scenes the audience learns more about what type of person "Tony Mendez" really is. The climax of the film is very intense "Mendez" and his crew is constantly getting interfered with their plans. One thing that is an issue is "Mendez's" son and wife, they aren't really fleshed out as well as they should've been. "Ben Affleck" gives an amazing performance as "Tony Mendez" and truly deserved to win all of its awards. "Alexandre Desplat" does a stunning job at creating sad, dramatic and a suspenseful music score. "Argo" for the first hour and a half is filmed exceptionally, but the last half an hour the cameraman uses unnecessary crash zooms, close ups and shaking the camera. If you are a person who enjoys some of "Ben Affleck's" films then I highly recommend you watch "Argo" as it has amazing acting, a terrific score and a stunning climax. Although the movie is not perfect and does have some issues, these being the last half an hour having close ups and crash zooms and some characters not being fleshed out. I give 2012's "Argo" a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    It may not be the most historically accurate film out there, but Ben Affleck's Argo proves him to not only be an improved actor, but also a magnificent director with a deft attention to tension, character moments and intense conversations. It's also surprisingly funny at times, and a great example of a multi-genre film.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    As of now in my opinion Ben Affleck's best directed and most realistically grounded film. Argo brings in great performances, atmosphere and thrilling sequences that will put you on the edge of your seat. Highly recommend this to anyone!
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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