- Original title
- Running Time
- 120 min.
- United States
Warner Bros. Pictures / GK Films / Smoke House Pictures
Thriller. Mystery. Drama | 1970s. Politics. Film In Film. Based On A True Story
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- Synopsis / Plot
- At the height of the Iranian revolution in 1979, Islamist militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. Six manage to get away and hide in the home of the Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber), but the solution is temporary because they know—especially with the door-to-door searches—as soon as the militants figure out where they are, they'll be killed. CIA "exfiltration" specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) comes up with a risky scheme to get them safely out of the country. His plan is to pose as a film producer scouting locations in Iran for an upcoming sci-fi production called Argo. The American hostages, in disguises, will then accompany him out of the country as his film crew. In order to pull it off, Mendez enlists the help of veteran Hollywood producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) and make-up artist John Chambers (John Goodman).
Based on the true story of the rescue operation by Canadian ambassador after the Canadian Parliament passed special legislation allowing Canadian passports to be issued to the Americans to help them escape.
: 3 Academy Awards: Best Movie, Adapted Screenplay and Editing. 7 Nominations
: 2 Golden Globes: Best Drama Film & Best Director. 5 Nominations
: 2 Critics Choice Awards: Best Film & Best Director. 7 nominations
: 3 BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture and Director. 7 nominations
: César Awards: Best Foreign Film
: Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): Nominated for Audience Award
: Satellite Awards: Best OST. 4 nominations, including Best Film
: National Board of Review (NBR): Top 10 films, Special Mention - Affleck (Director)
: Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: Best Screenplay
: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Film
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Screenplay
2012: Chicago Film Critics Awards. 5 Nominations including Best Picture
: Sindicato de Actores (SAG): Mejor reparto (Largometraje). 2 nominaciones
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