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Argo (2012)



Critic Consensus: Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.

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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 only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies. -- (C) Warner Bros.

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Ben Affleck
as Tony Mendez
Alan Arkin
as Lester Siegel
John Goodman
as John Chambers
Bryan Cranston
as Jack O'Donnell
Taylor Schilling
as Christine Mendez
Tate Donovan
as Bob Anders
Clea DuVall
as Cora Lijek
Richard Kind
as Max Klein
Scoot McNairy
as Joe Stafford
Victor Garber
as Ken Taylor
Rory Cochrane
as Lee Schatz
Kerry Bishé
as Kathy Stafford
Kyle Chandler
as Hamilton Jordan
Zeljko Ivanek
as Robert Pender
Keith Szarabajka
as Adam Engell
Bob Gunton
as Cyrus Vance
Richard Dillane
as OSS Officer Nicholls
Omid Abtahi
as Reza Borhani
Page Leong
as Pat Taylor
Farshad Farahat
as Azizi Checkpoint #3
Karina Logue
as Elizabeth Ann Swift
Ryan Ahern
as Sgt. Sickmann
Bill Tangradi
as Alan B. Golacinski
Jamie McShane
as William J. Daugherty
Matthew Glave
as Col. Charles W. Scott
Roberto García Suárez
as Sgt. William Gallegos
Christopher Stanley
as Thomas L. Ahern, Jr.
Alborz Basiratmand
as Student with Poster
Ruty Rutenberg
as Marine #1
Sharareh Sedghi
as Lady with Radio
Bobby Zegar
as Tear Gas Student
Matt Nolan
as Peter Genco
Bill Kalmenson
as Hal Saunders
Rob Brownstein
as Landon Butler
David Sullivan
as Jon Titterton
Jean Carol
as Jordan's Secretary
Michael Cassidy
as Jordan's Analyst
John Boyd
as Lamont
Nikka Far
as Tehran Mary
Aidan Sussman
as Ian Mendez
Barry Livingston
as David Marmor
Ali Saam
as Ali Khalkhali
Scott Anthony Leet
as The Minotaur
Ashley Wood
as Space Lab Nurse
Rob Tepper
as Film Director
Ray Porter
as First A.D.
Danielle Barbosa
as Lester's Housekeeper
Michael Parks
as Jack Kirby
Adrienne Barbeau
as Nina/Serksi the Galactic Witch
Tom Lenk
as Variety Reporter
Nelson Franklin
as LA Times Reporter
Kelly Curran
as Princess Aleppa
Mark Rhino Smith
as Evil Villain
Scott Elrod
as Achilles Crux
Billy Blair
as Humanoid Robot
Daston Kalili
as Green Jacket
Joseph S. Griffo
as Nestor the Android
Andrew Varenhorst
as Blue Monster
Amitis Frances Ariano
as Persian Dancer
Alison Fiori
as Sci Fi Body Suit Girl
Taies Farzan
as Middle Class Iranian Woman
Florans Atlantis
as Middle Class Iranian Man
Rafi Pitts
as Iranian Consulate Official
Allegra Carpenter
as British Airways Flight Attendant
Bobby Naderi
as Airport Husband
Ray Haratian
as Immigration Officer
Mehrdad Sarlak
as Immigration Officer
Soheil Tasbihchi
as Immigration Officer
Hovik Gharibian
as Immigration Officer
Dorianne Pahlavan
as Airport Hysterical Wife
Hooshang Tooze
as Deputy Minister of Islamic Guidance
Ali Farkhonde
as Tehran Car Rental Man
Sahm McGlynn
as Bearded Fundamentalist in Bazaar
Muhammad Cangoren
as Bazaar Shopkeeper
Asghar Allah Veirdi Zadeh
as Bazaar Angry Man
Leyla Beysulen
as Angry Woman
Lindsey Ginter
as Hedley Donovan
Tim Quill
as Alan Sosa
Larry Sullivan
as Engell's Secretary
Dan Dijulio
as Sgt. Gauthier
Danilo DiJulio
as Sgt. Gauthier
Fanshen Cox
as White House Operator
Tehmina Sunny
as Swissair Ticketing Agent
Amir Kamyab
as Passport Official
Baris Deli
as Carpet Factory Komiteh
Cas Anvar
as Revolutionary Guard
Bahram Khosraviani
as Revolutionary Guard
Michael Chieffo
as CIA Archives officer
Hans Tester
as Swissair Pilot
Yan Feldman
as Air Traffic Controller
Fahim Fazli
as Komiteh Subordinate
Nancy Stelle
as Swissair Flight Attendant
Maz Siam
as Iraqi Border Guard
Sam Sheikholeslami
as Revolutionary Guard
Saba Sarem
as Revolutionary Guard
Puya Abbassi
as Revolutionary Guard
Seyed Reza Mir Karimi
as Revolutionary Guard
Jozef Fahey
as Lock Up PA
Annie Little
as Swissair Gate Agent
Brandon Tabassi
as Young Komiteh at Airport
Alex Schemmer
as Swissair Co-Pilot
Ken Edling
as Assistant Secretary of State
Deborah Deimel Bean
as State Dept. Official
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Critic Reviews for Argo

All Critics (360) | Top Critics (83)

Affleck continues to impress audiences with his keen eye for direction, knowing just when to fall back and allow this top-notch cast the freedom to interpret the events in a way that will most compel viewers.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Affleck is still building up his chops as a director, but the intelligence and ambition he brings to filmmaking are particularly apparent in Argo.

January 13, 2015 | Full Review…

The old saw "truth is stranger than fiction" has had its teeth properly sharpened in the superb thriller Argo, a blend of political history and Hollywood hijinks that goes right for the jugular.

January 13, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The emotional catharsis of Argo isn't what happens onscreen, but the sheer knowledge that the creaky old moviemaking system has put together something this crowd-pleasing and great.

January 13, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Ben Affleck has delivered a knuckle-muncher of a thriller and a satire on Hollywood, both in one unlikely package.

January 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. And sometimes it isn't, and it must be bent and twisted out of shape until any authenticity becomes purely theoretical.

January 13, 2015

Audience Reviews for Argo


All this kicked off when I was but a mere sprog at the tender age of 1 year old, that's a long time ago folks. So Affleck steps up to the podium with an attempt at an epic, gritty, realistic political rollercoaster which is based on a true story where there wasn't actually that much danger truth be told. Based on true events and more recently an article about the whole charade. The story involves a small group of Americans trapped in Iran after the US embassy was stormed and taken by militants. The group pretty much hide away in various places, moving around somewhat with the help of other foreign embassy folk until the Canadian Ambassador 'takes them in'. From there on the CIA conjure up a plan to extract the lost escapees by hoaxing the scouting of a major motion sci-fi picture and pretending the six Americans are crew members. On the visual side of things this film did impress me, its pretty flawless as Iran is recreated right down to small details that were captured on film at the time (a man strung up by a large crane downtown). The clothes, hairstyles, cars, interior decorations, technology etc...are all spot on and captures the late 70's perfectly. The cast are all terrific and perform beautifully, I admit I don't know who most of them are (the escapees mainly) but they do a sterling job. Alan Arkin is by far the best thing going for the A list actors on show. His gruff, rude outspoken manner is brilliant for his character of the film producer Lester Siegel (fictional character), great Hollywood type name too. John Goodman is here again!! this time he does a good job as old Hollywood makeup artist John Chambers. Not only is his calm demeanour very likeable and pleasant but he actually looks like the guy too. When it comes to the lead role of 'Mendez' played by Affleck I gotta take a step back from my enjoyment of the film. Like I say I did enjoy the film, but a nagging thought in my head just keeps telling me Affleck gave or saved the best meatiest role for himself...simply because it was his film and he could. Yes Affleck does OK in the role, there is no machoism going on, no over the top acting, its all very straight laced and plain. But the fact his character was Latino and I don't think Affleck really looked like the guy either kinda makes me wonder why he just didn't cast someone more appropriate. Yes I realise what I just said doesn't mean Affleck wouldn't be good for the role and not give the right performance, but because he was the director I just sense a bit of self indulgence really. Meh! but that's just me. So yep this was truly daring stuff, the kind of thing you'd half expect to hear from a dashing WWII adventure by us crafty Brits. As usual though we do have the problem of the Yanks taking a lot of credit for themselves and ignoring everyone else. As with a few other war stories, certain other parties involved in this plot have unfortunately been given a bit of the cold shoulder. To the common viewer it won't make a difference of course but to those involved it has been noticed and caused a slight stir. Most of the film is a build up for the finale which doesn't disappoint I guarantee. The whole finale is a bit predictable naturally but it still grabs you by the collar. Even the build up is interesting which surprised me as I expected lots of dull political/government spiel from lots of grey suited blokes with thick rimmed glasses and hair partings you could sail a boat down. The film in general, I must give kudos to Affleck and his team for what they have achieved. Despite the need for adding a few Hollywood moments to rack up the tension like the runway chase and various sweat inducing confrontations, the film is reasonably accurate and highly enjoyable. Probably the most exciting tense ride I've experienced in a film for sometime where no one actually gets shot or killed!

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Ben Affleck proves again that he is a very talented director, nailing it with this gripping and gut-wrenching thriller that blends a lot of tension and humor with success - despite a pretty obvious and artificial desire to escalate the tension to the point of almost torture.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Solid, for the most part, but seems to morph into a whole different movie in the middle. It's goofier in the Hollywood scenes, bookended by an intense introduction and conclusion. A high-quality rental if you're looking for a recommendation.

Flutie Archibald
Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

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