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"The mechanical, behind-the-lens aspects of film-making that make many of the scenes work and keep them true to life, are really a lot like our trade secrets in the CIA,” said Mendez on how ARGO remains true to the story on which it is based. “When I watched it, I kept reminding myself, ‘Oh right, that’s me.’ It really gave me goose bumps.”



Based on real events, the dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event.

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 Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top “exfiltration” specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck (“The Town,” “Good Will Hunting”) directs and stars in the film, which is produced by Oscar® nominee Grant Heslov (“Good Night, and Good Luck.”), Affleck, and Oscar® winner George Clooney (“Syriana”).



Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman,Tate Donovan, Clea DuVal, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Carry Bishe, Kyle Chandler, and Chris Messina.

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