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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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Based on the exaggerated true story. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Escape from Tehran  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$136,019,448 (USA) (19 April 2013)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Most of the cars shown in the film were Volkswagen, Peugeot 504, Mercedes, or some other Turkish or German, or French vehicles, while more than 70 percent of vehicles in Iran in that era was PAYKAN (a British-designed car that was produced in Iran). There wasn't even one in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Lester SiegelTony Mendez: [on the phone] So I'm sitting in Jerry's this morning, having breakfast, a waitress comes over to me, she's waving a newspaper and she says, 'You see what those Canadians pulled off? Why can't we do something like that?' And I said to her, you know what I said?
Tony Mendez: No, what?
Lester Siegel: 'Argo fuck yourself!'
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Underground (2013) See more »

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Charlie's Tune
Written by Joseph Liebman
Performed by Bobby Short
Courtesy of Revlon, Inc.
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True story but NOT IN DETAIL
7 December 2012 | by (Iran) – See all my reviews

I was born in Iran and live in Iran and seeing a movie about my country and my people that goes to the wrong direction just made me angry. I wasn't born at that time but i heard from my parents and others and nothing was like the movie.killing the people every day in streets and calling in streets for returning and execution the SHAH,i am saying you none of them happened like the movie showed. I think it was better for Ben to come Iran and talk with people at that time and heard their opinion not just reading the files and papers and making the movie. At the end i want to say that the people of Iran are not like the characters of this movies and i expecting to every ones to searches about the accidents of that times and then judge about the either the film and my country.


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