• Argo (2012)

Argo

Release Date: October 12th, 2012

DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2013

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it's just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them. Mendez's plan is to pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his "film" crew.

Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea Duvall, Scoot McNairy

Director: Ben Affleck

Genres: Historical drama , Thriller

Production Co: Smoke House

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: 1970s , Tense , Wife , Rescue , Suspenseful , Escape ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The results are nothing less than sensational. show more

  • 88
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Argo's white-knuckle nail-biter of a climax takes liberties with how events played out in real life. But while Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio have opted to go Hollywood, it's high-class Hollywood, not the low-rent and exploitative route that the make-believe movie at the heart of this tale would have taken. show more

  • 90
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Argo is a crackerjack political thriller told with intelligence, great period detail and a surprising amount of nutty humor for a serious look at the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-81. show more

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Awards

Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Grande PrĂªmio do Cinema Brasileiro (2012)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Winner Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Winner Film Editing
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Sound Editing
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)