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Ben Affleck directs and stars in this Academy Award-winning political thriller based on real events that took place during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. In November 1979, the American embassy in Tehran is stormed by militants and 52 Americans are taken hostage. In the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to escape and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it is only a matter of time before they are found out and probably killed, CIA 'exfiltration' specialist Tony Mendez (Affleck) implements a life-or-death undercover operation to smuggle them safely out of the country. The film won three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay and also received the Golden Globe Awards and BAFTAs for Best Film and Best Director.

Starring:
Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston
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DVD, Blu-ray

Argo

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Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 0 minutes
Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Clea Duvall, Michael Parks, Alan Arkin, Tate Donovan, Adrienne Barbeau
Director Ben Affleck
Genres Thriller
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 3 May 2013
Main languages English
Subtitles Dutch, English, French, Italian
Hearing impaired subtitles English, Italian
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 0 minutes
Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Clea Duvall, Michael Parks, Alan Arkin, Tate Donovan, Adrienne Barbeau
Director Ben Affleck
Genres Thriller
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 3 May 2013
Main languages English
Dubbing German, French
Subtitles Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Hearing impaired subtitles English, German

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 21 May 2013
Format: DVD
`Argo' is one of those films `based on real events,' which basically means that Hollywood has beefed up various aspects to put bums on seats.

It's set at the end of the seventies when six Americans are left stranded in Iran, leaving Ben Affleck and his beard to hatch an ingenious plan to make them pose as science-fiction film makers and fly them out of there.

If you want to know how it ended, Google the true story. What you have here is Hollywood's interpretation of it. And, looking at it from an entertainment point of view, it does do the job. It's pretty intense in places, which, if you're after an edgy thriller, should leave you satisfied.

However, if you're looking for something a little more true to life, then you may find it hard to get over some of the major Hollywood views. As usual, the Americans are ultra-heroic, whereas the Iranians are presented as bungling incompetents who are too busy burning US flags to be any more terrifying that your average Scooby Doo villain. Of course there are the little alterations, too. In real life, the escaping Americans were temporarily sheltered by the British. In the film they take great care to point out how the British turned them away - grumble, grumble, grumble.

Bottom line: if you look at it as entertainment with some terrible seventies haircuts and a fantastic beard co-starring on Ben Affleck's face (which definitely should have won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, in my opinion) then it works. Historically - well, let's just say it will pick up more than its fair share of criticism for its version of `the truth.'
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168 of 191 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Nov 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This is a taut and gripping thriller. Well made and acted about extricating diplomats from Iran under the guise of a departing film crew.

The tension builds up nicely with some good humourous moments, mainly from John Goodman. I have to say I suspect that the numerous cliff hangers were theatrical licence but heck it makes for superb viewing!

Like a lot of movies, the facts are often victims of the drama. In the film the CIA states that the hostages were rejected by the Brits and the Kiwis. That is not true. The Brits did take them in and it was only when the British embassy itself faced being stormed that they were moved to the Canadians. Why so many movies select to distort facts unnecessarily is a mystery? Maybe it is US politics? But it debases the film.

Likewise, we had some Canadian guests who had refused to see the film on the basis that most of the work was done by the Canadians, for which the credit was hi jacked by the CIA in the movie. So, what's new? But it remains a gripping movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fraz on 2 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Interesting story about the hostage crisis in Iran in the eary eighties with, i suspect, a fair bit of artistic licence.It focuses on the 6 americans who escaped from the embassy when it was stormed by crazed extremist students bent on trying the embassy staff as spies.The 6 escape and find refuge in the house of the Canadian ambassador.The film is about the plan put together to get them out without them being caught and executed. It plods a bit until about half an hour from the end when it actually gets quite tense. Some good performances especially from Alan Arkin who has some amusing lines. It's definitely worth a watch but don't waste your money on the blu ray version as its grainy and barely better than dvd ,if at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ivor Allison on 1 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Why Ben Affleck didn't get the best director award that year I will never know as it truly was the best picture.If you watch the extended version there is a constant ratcheting up of the tension through disbelieving CIA chiefs to a near cancelling whilst our hero is actually in Iran the night before.This movie for me me pushed all the right buttons - great direction,superb unobtrusive photography,and a real authenticity for the period. OK so the Iranian revolutionary guard are seen as a bit bungling distracted villains and we have an all conquering American hero, but if you take it as a really good thriller rather than a drama documentary - which it isn't - then you will thoroughly enjoy it. I await Mr. Afflecks next movie with interest - as director - this will be a hard act to follow.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
Ah, Ben Affleck, never really bothers about the cinematography, but he is a damn good storyteller!

Here he offers a recap (with some lies thrown in, a couple of my fellow reviews pointed those out) of an amazing true life story, when brilliant and unconventional CIA agent, Tony Mendez, suggested to the US government production of a sci-fi thriller (taking place in the Middle East), called "Argo". The ingenious plan to get out six employees of American Embassy in Iran, who were hiding in refuge trying to avoid the destiny of their fellow American officials, who were kept hostages after the Iranian politically driven mob stormed the US Embassy in Tehran.

Two hours of this "nearly"-documentary film flew by. "Argo" is a watchable, enjoyable account of the brave (if not insolent) attempt to get the six Americans home. The film has intelligent dialogue, irony, sarcasm and plenty of nail-biting moments.

Taking into account that the majority of the audience will know little to nothing of the story (I certainly did not), and Ben Affleck is not an actor I would run to see performing, "Argo" delivers a brilliant entertainment and never fails to preserve suspense! Four and a half to five stars, easily!
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