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Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.

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In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceeded to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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iran | canadian | iranian | hostage | cia | See more »

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The movie was fake. The mission was real. See more »


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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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12 October 2012 (USA)  »

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Escape from Tehran  »

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Budget:

$44,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,458,109 (USA) (12 October 2012)

Gross:

$136,019,448 (USA) (19 April 2013)
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The character of Jack Kirby (played by Michael Parks), shown briefly as the artist of the storyboards for the fake movie, was a pioneer of the American comic book industry and a co-creator of such seminal comic book characters as Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, the Silver Surfer, and the teams known as The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, and The X-Men. Kirby did indeed create storyboards for the adaptation of Roger Zelazny's novel Lord of Light, which were used as "proof" of the movie production during the real-life "Canadian Caper." See more »

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While driving up to Dulles Airport outside of Washington, D.C., the terminal building was not shown accurately. One can see additions to the terminal that were not built until 1996. In 1979-80, the terminal was about half the size that it is now. See more »

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Lester Siegel: Argo fuck yourself.
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As the end credits begin, a picture of the actual passport of each fake film crew member is displayed next to picture of the actor in the film, showing the similarities between the two faces. Then archive photos from the period are displayed next to pictures shot for the film. See more »

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Watch the last 45 min and skip the propaganda!
12 January 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie and unfortunately I was greatly disappointed, it was hyped all over the place so I was looking forward to it. I thought they didn't make American propaganda movies as obvious as this anymore. The historical inaccuracy and unrealistic depiction of Iranians clearly emphasize that Affleck went for a cheap shot. I hope Americans are happy with Argo and Zero Dark Thirty which both have high marks on IMDb and both are far from being great movies. Both suffer from a useless and incoherent build up leading to a fantastic 45 min ending.

So yeah good job Affleck for creating something more interesting and a lot better than The Town, but two thumbs down for not putting more creativity and realism in there. He could've replaced the Iranians with zombies and this would've been more interesting to watch. There is nothing in this movie that hasn't been done before and everything in this movie has been done better.

Good production value but if you're not American this will make your stomach turn. However If you do watch it, make sure you catch the last 45 min of the movie. Everything prior to that is just mediocre and bland and out right shameful.


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