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Argo 2012 Subtitles

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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.

Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston
1 hour, 55 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Ben Affleck
Starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston
Supporting actors Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler, Chris Messina, Zeljko Ivanek, Titus Welliver, Keith Szarabajka, Bob Gunton, Richard Kind, Richard Dillane, Omid Abtahi
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 29 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
After Iranian militants stormed and took control of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 taking 56 Americans as hostages, six Americans managed to get away and took refuge in the home of the Canadian Ambassador.

After two months of the Canadians putting their lives on the line everyday, the CIA and the US State Department try to come up with a plan to get their people out.

Tony Mendez is a specialist who proposes that they pose as a Canadian film crew scouting locations for a science fiction movie called Argo.

Using Hollywood connections, Mendez creates a back story for the movie - ads in Variety, casting calls, inviting he media to a production launch - and then heads off to Iran to lead the six Americans out......

When I first heard this film was being made, I had no education on the history of the movie, all I knew is that is was a true story based on something political in the middle east, with a really strange title.

I was expecting another Syriana, which I found very mundane.

But the reviews and the plaudits for this film got me very curious, so I went in cold, and I came out seeing one of the most gratifying films of the year.

Affleck once again proves he could be the new Eastwood in Hollywood and the way he mixes comedy with intense drama is wonderful.

Some scenes are just genius, like the scene where there is a rehearsal, and the captives are treated to a pseudo execution, and then Affleck showing us that both sides can put on a show.

Arkin And Goodman are the brilliant comic relief, and whenever they are on screen, the tension is ever so slightly lifted and relief sets in, apart from one scene involving a phone.
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20 of 21 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jet Lagged TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2013
Format: DVD
I didn't know the outcome of the fate of the 6 hostages in "real life". Lucky for me. The movie outcome was in doubt up to the very end. That's the sign of a good thriller.

John Goodman and Alan Arkin, though they have minor roles in this movie, add an extra depth to it. It was a pleasure every time one of them came on to the screen. Bryan Cranston also turns up as the CIA officer overseeing the operation.

Alan Arkin's character's reply to a journo, when asked about Argo, is really comically appropriate. I chuckled over it several times. This Argo idea - it is so off the wall that it just might work. Does it? Everything in the film revolves around this.

The tension is ratcheted up in several places - in particular when the "film crew" make a dry run in the bazaar.

Ben Afflek (And George Clooney too, apparently) directed. Well if he can continue making films in this vein, he has a bright future. His acting is just right in this movie too - a nice steady pace playing Tony Mendez. Good job.

In order to enjoy this movie you have to separate it from the "real life" story. Yes there are important differences to be sure. For example, and it's just one example, the Canadian Ambassador takes a lot of risk. Perhaps an excessive amount. You will have to see the film yourself to see what happens.

Enjoy the movie. There is dark humour in it as well as rather a lot of tension. That is as it should be. You can check out the historical details later.
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186 of 211 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Harris 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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