Argo

2012, Drama/History, 2h 0m

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

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On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it's just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them. Mendez's plan is to pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his "film" crew.

Cast & Crew

Ben Affleck
Tony Mendez
Bryan Cranston
Jack O'Donnell
Alan Arkin
Lester Siegel
John Goodman
John Chambers
Tate Donovan
Bob Anders
Clea Duvall
Cora Lijek
Scoot McNairy
Joe Stafford
Kerry Bishé
Kathy Stafford
Kyle Chandler
Hamilton Jordan
Zeljko Ivanek
Robert Pender
Bob Gunton
Cyrus Vance
Richard Dillane
OSS Officer Nicholls
Omid Abtahi
Reza Borhani
Chris Terrio
Screenwriter
David Klawans
Executive Producer
Nina Wolarsky
Executive Producer
Chris Brigham
Executive Producer
Chay Carter
Executive Producer
Graham King
Executive Producer
Tim Headington
Executive Producer
Rodrigo Prieto
Cinematographer
Alexandre Desplat
Original Music
Sharon Seymour
Production Design
Peter Borck
Art Director
Jan Pascale
Set Decoration
Jacqueline West
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  • Dec 27, 2019
    A false re-telling of the CIA's rescue attempt of six Americans stranded in post-revolutionary Iran. Nonetheless, as a movie, it's entertaining. I do wish Hollywood would tell the story of Mohammad Mosaddegh. He was the 35th prime minister of Iran who the CIA overthrew. The film makes passing mention of him.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • 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

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