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Argo (2012)

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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 (

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Based on the Declassified True Story See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape from Tehran  »

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Box Office


$44,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


The Warner Bros logo from the late 70s can be seen at the opening of the film. See more »


When Tony Mendez first arrives in Tehran, there is a significant shot of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. Although K.F.C. was present in Iran during the 1970s, the restaurants was closed permanently during the Islamic revolution in 1979. Thus they wouldn't exist there in 1980. See more »


[first lines]
Sahar: [narration] This is the Persian Empire known today as Iran. For 2,500 years, this land was ruled by a series of kings, known as shahs. In 1950, the people of Iran elected Mohammad Mossadeqh, a secular democrat, as Prime Minister. He nationalized British and U.S. petroleum holdings, returning Iran's oil to it's people. But in 1953, the U.S. and Great Britain engineered a coup d'etat that deposed Mossadeqh and installed Reza Pahlavi as shah. The young Shah was known for opulence and ...
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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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Winner of the Oscar ?? Oh, please, give me a break !!
24 February 2013 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

The people in the academy must be nuts ! How can this be the winner of the Oscar ?? Art should be the winner. A good story with good values should be the winner. This movie totally distorts reality. Or, at least, what we understand for the "official story" about the hostage crisis in Iran 1979. It plays with the following idea: "the official history says the Canadians did everything, but let's say, in this movie, that it was the CIA and that, in fact, we made the world believe the Canadians prepared all the rescue operation". Is it possible ? Maybe, but it belongs much more to the realm of conspiracy theory, than to what may have really happened. I admit the narrative keeps the audience interested in the movie, but that's all it has.. No good acting, scenario, picture, or direction… And it got the Oscar ??? How come ??

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