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Argo (2012)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  12 October 2012 (USA)
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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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cia | iranian | iran | canadian | hostage | See All (163) »

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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)  »

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Escape from Tehran  »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

Lester Siegel (played by Alan Arkin) is said to be a composite character. However, in real life, the make-up artist Robert Sidell, a friend of John Chambers, posed as the fake film's producer. Sidell's wife, Andi, was the fake production company's receptionist. Ben Affleck assumed that Sidell, like Chambers, had passed away, but he was informed just before the film's release that he was still alive and well. Affleck had Robert Sidell flown to the film's premiere in Los Angeles, and in his opening remarks, he gave recognition to Sidell for his part in the mission. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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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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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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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March to the Dead City
from Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Written by Leonard Rosenman
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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A bad movie for bad tastes!
18 January 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

there is no doubt that Hollywood is a factory of deception and lies to serve its own agenda,to measure a movie is a relative task, and each film has its own good and bad moments, and not every choice is simply a film without question, Ben Aflack's latest film once again proved with no doubt how Hollywood is tainted with political purposes,and how a very ordinary movie with hundreds of flaws and shortcomings becomes the most beloved choice.

once again the credibility of movie factory in US is under question, may be more than ever, but the subject remains is the same,another 3rd world country is victimized by some people who choose Aflak as their front face (and nobody bothers to question that),the story is watery and tasteless,the act is so bad that in some parts it looks like an out of comic book performance,directing is full of mistakes and flaws,,and while claiming it is a based on true event,the fact is missing through the film,and above all the scenes are unbelievably phony and unreal,they did not even bothered to offer a basic resemblance to real locations.


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