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Argo (2012)

Cast: Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Victor Garber, Taylor Schilling, Clea DuVall, Rory Cochrane, Tate Donovan, Kyle Chandler, Scoot McNairy, Christopher Denham, Bob Gunton, Richard Kind

Director(s): Ben Affleck

Language: English

Genre: Historical Drama

Synopsis

Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing it is o... [Get complete synopsis]

 

motleymitch wrote on January 13, 2013, 2:00 am
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Intense and nail-biting from beginning to end, all the more impressive seeing as how it's based on true events that we already know the ending to. The fact that someone once had the balls to pose as a fake movie producer to get into Iran and rescue 6 hostages, having them pose as his film crew in the process, was not only ridiculously laughable but pure suicide. The fact that it worked (with little time to plan and lots of luck along the way) is genuinely miraculous. The film plays out the potentially fatal peril of the escape right down to the nick-of-time take-off of the plane leaving Iran, which made me wonder just HOW close they actually cut it in reality, just how close they came to being caught and publicly executed as spies, but nevertheless the tension can be cut with a knife. Kudos to Affleck for making another highly intelligent flick, primed with a perfect cast who never hit a false note, and even some tastefully funny moments courtesy of Goodman and Arkin as movie folks helping craft the plan from the Hollywood side of things. Solid, solid filmmaking, very involving, and one of the better films of the past year.
Deril wrote on January 13, 2013, 11:42 am
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Fully agree!

Jefferygn wrote on January 13, 2013, 6:43 pm
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As a movie, it's an enjoyable romp.

HOWEVER, the script COMPLETELY overlooks and underplays the MAJOR role that Canada took in this story.

Plus, guys in a jeep chasing a civilian airliner down a runway?! Pullleaaaaaseee! Even the Ayatollah's guys aren't that stupid.

I hate that Hollywood bullshit!

I'll post some links to the true story, even the version put out by the guy himself (the Affleck character).

Jefferygn wrote on January 13, 2013, 6:47 pm
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I couldn't post the link, because it comes directly from the CIA's Website, and is an "https" address. Nonetheless, here's the link - Antonio Mendez's account of the ACTUAL story of Argo:

https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/winter99-00/art1.html
motleymitch wrote on January 14, 2013, 3:26 am
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Haha! Touché Jeffy. I thought the same about the final runway chase.
However, I was sure some Hollywood liberties had been taken, and for what the film was, I was enrapt from beginning to end.
How do ya like them apples?
motleymitch wrote on January 15, 2013, 5:52 am
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Argo fuck yourself!

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