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Oscar® winner Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting, The Town) directs and stars in this real-life political intelligence dramedy based on a true story. Produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures (Ides of March), this hostage rescue picture follows CIA "exfiltration" operative and master of disguise Tony Mendez (Affleck), who sets out to rescue a handful of American diplomats hiding out in 1979 Tehran. Pretending to be a film location scouting crew, Mendez and a motley crew of Hollywood artists, escape artists and con-artists smuggle the six embassy workers to safety in a daring rescue. With a supporting cast that includes Oscar® winner Alan Arkin, Golden Globe winner John Goodman and Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston, Affleck's political satire represents an "escape" into a real-world caper.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Tense, exciting, and often darkly comic, Argo recreates a historical event with vivid attention to detail and finely wrought characters.
San Diego Reader
The cast helps to keep things moving -- particularly the hilarious interplay between Arkin and Goo...
June 25, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Only two scenes do more than hint at the poetic potential of the premise.
June 25, 2017
The New Republic
Entertaining and suspenseful in old-fashioned ways.
June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Taut political thriller based on real-life escape from Iran.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Argo is based on the true story of a daring covert rescue mission, carried out by CIA operative Tony Mendez (played by Ben Affleck, who also directs), during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. A few scenes feature unruly mobs and dead bodies, and there are some extremely tense sequences during the escape, but there's not much actual on-screen violence. Other issues include swearing (there's quite a bit, including "f--k" and "s--t") and several scenes that show people smoking and drinking during social occasions.
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- Genre:Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:October 12, 2012
- Audio Format:5.1
If purchased in:4K
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