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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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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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$44,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$136,019,448 (USA) (19 April 2013)
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The film has enjoyed great success in bootleg format in Iran where the full facts of the "Canadian caper" have never been made public. (This is not to say that the film is a fully balanced account of the event, as it has attracted criticism for its rather one-sided portrayal of the Iranian people.) See more »

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In closing credits, they misspelled "Battlestar Gallactica" (sic) See more »

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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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The movie opens with the 1970s-era Warner Bros. slash logo that eventually became the logo of Warner Music, which was designed by Saul Bass, instead of the traditional shield logo. However, the corporate copy below the logo refers to Time Warner, the current incarnation of Warner Communications since 1990, in the same typeface that was used decades ago. See more »

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Al Adhan
Traditional, Arranged by Pat Jabbar
Performed by Youssef El Mejjad
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Over Rated. Won an Oscar?!?!
9 October 2013 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Not worth to watch, and trust me, I'd watched lots of movies and that is the most over rated I've found. Affleck remains with the same expression all the movie, we have cars going as fast as air plains in the moment of take-off.

I simply can't understand how does a movie like Argo gets nominated to best picture, and worst than that, gets to win the Oscar. Simply doesn't make any sense. And when I check in IMDb and it has this extreme over rated score I wonder: "How can this even be considered a big production movie?"

Ben Affleck wasn't my favorite actor, neither my favorite director, but with this movie he was lost all of my attention to his work.

Honestly I'm getting sick of the academy and all of the bad materials they produce and advertise as great movies.

A waste of time!


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