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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—the full scope 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 Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor (Victor Garber, Titanic). Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting) 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.
Affleck directs and stars in ARGO, which is produced by Oscar nominee Grant Heslov (Good Night, and Good Luck), Affleck, and Oscar winner George Clooney (Syriana). ARGO also stars Bryan Cranston (Drive), Oscar winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), and John Goodman (20th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival Gala screening, The Artist).