Director: Ben Affleck
Writers: Chris Terrio, Joshua Bierman, Tony Mendez
Actors: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, John Goodman, Kerry Duvall, Alan Arkin, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham / Victor Garber / Kerry Bish / Tate Donovan / Chris Messina
Genre: Drama / Thriller / History
Region: United States
Release: 2012-08-31 (Telluride Film Festival) / 2012-10-12 (USA)
Length: 120 minutes / 129 minutes (extended version)
Also known as: ARGO – Rescue Candidates Mission (Hong Kong) / Yaguo Mission (Taiwan) / Escape from Iran
Rating: IMDB 7.77.7 / Rotten Tomatoes 96%
On November 4, 1979, Iran’s revolutionary army captured the US embassy in Tehran, Iran, and took the staff of the embassy hostage. More than 50 people were held in custody, but 6 escaped and hid in the home of Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran (Victor Garber). CIA executive Jack O’Donnell (Bryan Cranston) finds expert Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) and asks him to help bring the six back to the United States. After discussion, the CIA decided to take Tony’s approach. In the name of shooting a movie, Tony went to Iran to bring the six people back. Tony contacted his friend in Hollywood, makeup artist John Chambers (John Goodman), and contacted the film producer Lester (Alan Arkin). Tony chose “ARGO”, a movie very similar to “Star Wars”, among many scripts. So, as a producer, he went to Iran with the script and various props, found the six people, and started the difficult road to escape from Tehran…
Adapted from a true story, the film won three awards including Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 85th Oscars.
“Argo” is a 2012 historical drama film directed by Ben Affleck, who also stars in the film alongside Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and John Goodman. The film is based on the true story of the CIA’s operation to rescue six American diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
The film follows CIA agent Tony Mendez (played by Ben Affleck) as he devises a plan to extract the American hostages from Iran by creating a fake Hollywood film production and using it as a cover. The film received critical acclaim for its tense and suspenseful storytelling, as well as its performances and direction. It won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.
“Argo” was also praised for its attention to historical detail and its portrayal of the political and social climate of the time. It was a commercial success, grossing over $230 million worldwide, and solidified Affleck’s status as a talented filmmaker.