• 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: Thriller , Historical drama

Production Co: Smoke House

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 90
    Bob MondelloNPR

    By its final fade, Argo feels like more than just a thriller - even a thriller with real thrills and serious Oscar buzz. It feels like a window on events that led to the world we live in now. show more

  • 75
    Movieline

    The primary weakness of Affleck's film is the actor himself, who can't seem to find much in "exfiltration" specialist Tony aside from a dedication to his work and sorrow over the potential breakup of his family. 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
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Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
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Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
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Nominated Sound Mixing
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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
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Nominated Original Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
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 Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Winner Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2013)
Winner Best Picture
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013)
Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Grande Prêmio do Cinema Brasileiro (2012)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
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 Film Editing
Nominated Sound Editing
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture