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.
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
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 (email@example.com)
Ben Affleck has stated that the production was granted unprecedented access to the CIA's actual headquarters, both for interiors and exteriors, and that the gratitude for that privilege belongs to Tony Mendez, the retired C.I.A. officer portrayed by Affleck in the film. See more »
When in Istanbul, agent Tony Mendez enters the Blue Mosque to meet up with a fellow, but the next scene with their conversation takes place in the Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox Church. (There are even close-up frames with Byzantine frescoes of saints.) See more »
Talk to me.
It's an exfil.
The worst place you can think of.
[Tony hands John an issue of 'Time' magazine, with illustrations of the Iranian hostages on the cover]
How are you going to get into the embassy?
They're not in the embassy. During the takeover, six people escaped. They're hiding out in Tehran. That's who I'm gonna go get.
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Past the photos of cast members and the real people they play, there's audio from an interview with then-President Jimmy Carter talking about the crisis. See more »
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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