Argo

Argo

DVD - 2013 | Rental ed.
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On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped and a mid level agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.

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akirakato
Apr 02, 2019

Directed by Ben Affleck in 2012 based on the book "The Master of Disguise" by the CIA operative Tony Mendez, this American docudrama depicts the escape of the six diplomats under the guise of filming a fake Hollywood SF flick during the 1979–1981 Iran hostage crisis.
Amazing and amusing!
However, the documentary "OurMan in Tehran" appears much better.
Despite its praise, Argo has been criticized for some specific inaccuracies, in particular for minimizing the role of the Canadian embassy in the rescue, for falsely showing that the Americans were turned away by the British and New Zealand embassies, and for exaggerating the danger the group faced during events preceding their escape from the country.

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m97219
Feb 11, 2019

Good action, drama flick. Imperfect Hollywood history. Not a documentary. Not meant to be one. Interesting HOW the escape was planned/managed with Hollywood slight of hand. BTW These Americans are not the group of Americans freed when Regan took office. Rough language, images. Not easy to build suspense when you know the end.

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SusyHendrix
Sep 04, 2018

A good suspense flick, well-acted (especially by Alan Arkin and John Goodman, who stole every scene they were in) and competently directed by Ben Affleck.

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Reading_Right
Jul 12, 2018

Many (many) facts are in error (this also includes the opening narration), and ALL the dialog and many situations are just made up! Typical Follywood. The film is Produced by two ardent Dems (Affect & Looney) and is a thinly veiled add for the Dems & Carter; the latter holding the arguable distinction of being the worst President in U.S. history, until the President that was in office when this film came out. (Sorry Carter. You don't even have that distinction anymore.) If you want to see a film about an American escape from Iran, watch "On Wings of Eagles" (1986 TV-mini series; Burt Lancaster & Richard Crenna).
[Note: The Hostages were released immediately at the finish of Reagan's inaugural speech, as per the "negotiations", during which time Reagan was President-elect. Interesting how that works. e.g. During the Administration prior to Trump, armed Iranian fast boats continually harassed U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf. After Trump took office, they stopped. The media reports that "officials are baffled as to why". LOL!]

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Nooksack20
May 17, 2018

A good movie about a heroic mission. Those who complain about the details of historical inaccuracy are most likely defendants of the Carter Administration's cowardice during this period. The rest is dead on accurate.

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reginator_22
Jan 21, 2018

I was entertained by Argo! Thought it was a good flick.

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Sastez1
Dec 29, 2017

Historically flawed. The acting and the directing were excellent which makes this overall an entertaining film but the inaccuracies are irritating and, frankly, unnecessary. Affleck turned this into a patriotic, "Yay USA" film when former President Jimmy Carter said himself that 90% of the operation was conceived and acted upon by the Canadians. It is even known as "the Canadian Caper". Affleck apparently also ticked off the British and New Zealand governments by portraying them in the film as refusing to help the US diplomats when, in reality, they were part of the effort to help them. These inaccuracies are pointless. I can tolerate Hollywood making the danger seem more intense and imminent but why cut out and/or diminish the real heroes' role? (I guess the answer is that it makes the US look better and that is what the target market wants to see...)
Good film.

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Amada_Kavanagh
Oct 10, 2016

A disappointment - the movie's documentary style techniques suggest historical authenticity and there are many lies throughout the movie. Just more American propaganda to instill Patriotism and paint Iranians as the bad guys. There were no Iranian characters - other than the sterotypical 'bad guys'. Iranians were made to look like mobs of crazed people.
The lies: there was no dramatic chase by police before the plane took off, they were never 'drilled' by airport security to the point of almost missing the flight - their plane ride home was uneventful in real life. The ending line about Canada taking credit to just to save face was the biggest lie. Jimmy Carter did point this out after seeing this movie.
The ommission: The movie's opening with the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh failed to mention why he was overthrown, and the sinister USA military assassinations and aiding of rebels in yet another USA coup.
Mossadegh was not the bad guy. Just like Gadaffi, Assad, Saddam et al. are portrayed by Western media. They are not saints - name a leader anywhere who is. All these leaders are guilty off, was trying to nationalize their countries natural resources and remove American control. I should include Hugo Chevez, who was the victim of an unsuccessful American backed coup, himself. Americans want to control everybody elses oil.
If they had not tried to pass Argo off as a factual documentary, I'd say it's an okay movie. As a documentary, it is too full of inaccuracies to rate above 2 stars. And those two stars are only because I am an Alan Arkin fan.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Super Intense. Maybe too intense. I knew largely how the film was going to end, and yet my heart was racing. While I recognize that for many this is a sign of a good movie, personally I didn't like it. It made what was an interesting story into a fast-paced spy film. Hey, you like Tom Cruise, you'll love this. Like fact and drama? Well it has plenty of that too, but not enough to completely satisfy me.

I don't know all the details of the true Argo story, but if it had truly been this tense, had every thing that could go wrong went wrong, and every "baddie" been just one millisecond behind the rah-rah team, I'm sorry to say that Mark or Bob would've had a heart attack. No doubt about that.

Was Argo fast-paced and breathtaking? Yes. Will I remember it for as long as other contemporary films that didn't try so hard to impress me with thrills (eg Life of Pi)? Absolutely not.

Enough about the pacing, I thought Argo had a wonderful cast. The filmmakers did an excellent job picking the right people and getting the look of the times, places, and people right. These are the aspects that make this story phenomenal.

Argo wouldn't have been my selection for Best Picture, but it certainly was good.

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Winner3
May 23, 2016

Wow!!! Quite surprised with this movie. Definitely worth my time.

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

John Chambers: Target audience will hate it.

Tony Mendez: Who's the target audience?

John Chambers: People with eyes.

aaa5756 Oct 13, 2013

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison

aaa5756 Oct 13, 2013

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill

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Monolith
May 10, 2013

Tony Mendez: "What happened?" Jack O'Donnell: "Six of them went out a back exit. Brits turned them away; Kiwis turned them away; Canadians took them in. Traffic calls them "house guests". They haven't left The Canadian Ambassador's house since it happened." Tony Mendez: "Why weren't we in ten weeks ago?" Jack O'Donnell: "Too dangerous. Got revolutionary guards going door-to-door like Jehovah's witnesses. Half of 'em think that Khomeini's been too lenient on the ones in the embassy." Tony Mendez: "What about The White House?" Jack O'Donnell: "Carter's sh*tting enough bricks to build the pyramids."

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Monolith
May 10, 2013

Lester Siegel (watching the network newscasts on the conflicts in the Middle East): "...Bad news, bad news. Even when it's good news, it's bad news... John Wayne's in the ground six months; this is what's left of America."

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brandini4ku
Mar 18, 2013

You know what I told her? Argo !#?* yourself!

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Dimmu16 Mar 06, 2013

Sexual Content: A lot of reference to porn but no sex is shown.

Dimmu16 Mar 06, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: When they get to the airport with the 6 hostages.

Dimmu16 Mar 06, 2013

Coarse Language: A lot of people say F*ck

Dimmu16 Mar 06, 2013

Violence: They shoot a lot of people. They also show a hanged man.

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