Top 365 Films – #257 – Argo (2012)

Top 365 Films - ArgoDIRECTED BY: Ben Affleck

STARRING: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Chris Messina, Zeljko Ivanek, Titus Welliver and Kyle Chandler

BUDGET: $44.5m

EARNED (Worldwide): $232.3m

AWARDS: 3 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing), 2 Golden Globes (Best Picture and Best Director) and 2 BAFTA’s (Best Film and Best Editing)



Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran.


Argo follows the true story of six Americans escaping from the American Embassy as it’s invaded by Iranian revolutionaries, taking several Americans hostage in Tehran, Iran, 1979. As they hide out at the residence of the Canadian Ambassador, the CIA are ordered to get them out of the country, leading to ex-filtration expert Tony Mendez coming up with a daring plan…to create a fake Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and extract the six Americans out via airplane as its production crew, with the help of some Hollywood contacts.


As ludicrous as the true events it’s based on suggests, it manages to be quite a tense thriller, particularly in the final act and also quite funny in regards to the process of coming up with the planning of the extraction when they bring in Hollywood producer Lester Siegel and makeup artist John Chambers to help out with their expertise…and sense of humour. It’s rare for a film nowadays to be a thriller without a shootout or chase scene eating up the screen time, rather focusing on the mission at hand. Will all of them get out of Iran? The film is well paced and directed by Affleck, with the cast on fine form. Maybe more could’ve focused on the Canadians overall involvement here than is portrayed but overall I enjoyed the film.


FAVOURITE SCENE: The escape plan going into full effect at the airport. Will everything go according to plan?

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Argo fuck yourself.’ – Lester Siegel

DID YOU KNOW?: According to Tony Mendez, the fake production office known as Studio Six was so convincing in the real-life Argo plan that even several weeks after it folded and the Iranian rescue was complete, “we had received twenty-six scripts. One was fromSteven Spielberg.”

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