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.

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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.
Rating:
R (for language and some violent images)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Christopher Denham
as Mark Lijek
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
Chris Messina
as Malinov
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
Sheila Vand
as Sahar
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.
Jon Woodward Kirby
as Fred Kupke
Alborz Basiratmand
as Student with Poster
Ruty Rutenberg
as Marine #1
Michael Woolston
as Marine #2
Sharareh Sedghi
as Lady with Radio
Bobby Zegar
as Tear Gas Student
Victor McCay
as Malick
Matt Nolan
as Peter Genco
J.R. Cacia
as Brice
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
Eric Scott Cooper
as Publicist
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
Eric Scott-Cooper
as Publicist
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Critic Reviews for Argo

All Critics (306) | Top Critics (53)

The cast helps to keep things moving -- particularly the hilarious interplay between Arkin and Goodman. And is it me, or should Bryan Cranston be in every film released?

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

Let's just say that the movie's final section is so nail-bitingly tense, thanks to a skillful combination of acting, writing and crosscutting, that it puts Affleck in the big leagues as a director.

Full Review… | January 13, 2015
TheWrap
Top Critic

Entertaining and suspenseful in old-fashioned ways.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Affleck himself turns in a quietly impressive movie star performance. Tony Mendez is a kind of anti-Bourne, comfortable with his anonymity, living off his wits, not his fists.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
CNN.com
Top Critic

With Affleck's continued growth as a director, it makes you want to see what he will deliver next.

October 31, 2012
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

For 100 minutes, 'Argo' is close to flawless.

Full Review… | October 29, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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
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
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
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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