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      Argo

      R Released Oct 12, 2012 2h 0m History Drama Mystery & Thriller Biography TRAILER for Argo: Trailer 1 List Argo: Trailer 1 Argo: Trailer 1 2:25 View more videos
      96% Tomatometer 365 Reviews 90% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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

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      Candice Frederick Reel Talk Online Affleck continues to impress audiences with his keen eye for direction, knowing just when to fall back and allow this top-notch cast the freedom to interpret the events in a way that will most compel viewers. Rated: A Sep 7, 2017 Full Review Jonathan Robbins Film Comment Magazine Affleck is still building up his chops as a director, but the intelligence and ambition he brings to filmmaking are particularly apparent in Argo. Jan 13, 2015 Full Review Anthony Quinn Independent (UK) 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. Rated: 5/5 Jan 13, 2015 Full Review Anushka Halve Film Companion Mendez orchestrates the audacious plan to hoodwink Iranian authorities by posing as a film crew, ingeniously paving the way for the American diplomats to secure safe passage out of the country. Dec 12, 2023 Full Review Mark Johnson Awards Daily Lines of historic moments are blurred in Ben Affleck’s dramatization of the rescue of diplomats during the Tehran hostage crisis of 1979. But who’s complaining? (Argo) is an extremely rewatchable movie. Jun 27, 2023 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Affleck has not only reminded us that his best performances come when he’s in control, but that he’s also a considerable force behind the camera. Rated: 4/4 Sep 23, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Libby A Unbelievable! Riveting! Talent abounds in this epic flick about a crisis that happened when I was six years old. A rare gem. An exceptional glimpse into the look and feel of Iran in the late 70's early 80's. The historic accuracy, the best acting that Ben Affleck has ever done in my opinion, confident, subtle .... he nailed it. The Direction was impeccable. The little details, the way the story unfolds, his son's phone call, the nostalgia, the flawless sequencing from stories told within stories. The camera angles essential to build anticipation, urgency and suspense. I am truly blown away. Hopefully he does more like this. I am catching up on the years I fell asleep while pregnant on the couch and missed some really important movies. This was one of them and it did not disappoint! Thank you. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/14/24 Full Review Max W Wow. Amazing story. Even more amazing, considering that it's based on facts! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/24 Full Review Ross M I will never forgive the producers of his movie for their untruths regarding this incident. The Canadian embassy put all of their staff at risk of death to provide the safety to all the Americans and provide phoney Canadian passports so all of the Americans could get out of Iran. It was not the CIA who rescued the Americans, it was Canada. So much for gratitude!!! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/23/24 Full Review Eye C The caution, determination and the attention to details that put Affleck in his movies is amazing, no matter how many times you saw this movie, it always stresses you up. And the couple of Alan Arkin and John Goodman is priceless. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/24 Full Review Elizabeth N The tension is palpable. This is more meaningful since I first learned of the background from The International Spy Museum. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/24 Full Review Jeff M The 2012 Academy Award winner for Best Picture is an absolutely remarkable true story that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that truth is stranger than fiction. Affleck's third directorial effort is remarkably self-assured, often thrilling and suspenseful and quite adept in balancing a number of storylines simultaneously. The climax of this film that takes place at an airport is extraordinary. Do I think it deserved Best Picture? No. Although it's really close. What hurt the film for me and keeps it from being an all time classic is an issue involving the tone of the scenes involving Goodman and Arkin. I dreaded pretty much every scene involving these characters and their overly comic portrayals. They felt to me totally out of place and hindered the beautifully dramatic and tense moments that most of the film succeeded in building. Ironically enough, Arkin is the one performance here that garnered Oscar attention. Thankfully there's not a whole lot of screen time dedicated to this part of the plot, but it's enough where it puts a dent in the car door. Scenes involving Affleck's estranged wife and son also aren't the strongest here. But what is done well is done remarkably well, and it's a very impressive film. With a little tweaking and editing, it coulda been a contender. But it's still a wonderfully entertaining and fascinating movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Ben Affleck
      Producer
      Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
      Screenwriter
      Chris Terrio
      Distributor
      Warner Bros. Pictures
      Production Co
      Smokehouse Pictures, Smoke House, GK Films, Warner Bros.
      Rating
      R (Some Violent Images|Language)
      Genre
      History, Drama, Mystery & Thriller, Biography
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 12, 2012, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 3, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $136.0M
      Runtime
      2h 0m
      Sound Mix
      SDDS, Dolby Digital, Datasat
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