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"Argo" (2012 movie) is a dramatic thriller that is based on real events and chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event.

Academy Award winner Ben Affleck ("The Town," "Good Will Hunting") directs and stars in the film, which is produced by Oscar nominee Grant Heslov ("Good Night, and Good Luck."), Affleck, and Oscar winner George Clooney ("Syriana").

On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top "exfiltration" specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

The cast also includes Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Oscar winner Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"), and John Goodman ("Trouble With the Curve"). The main cast also includes Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina.

Affleck directed the film from a screenplay by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from "The Master of Disguise" by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article "The Great Escape," by Joshuah Bearman.

"Argo" is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with GK Films of a Smokehouse Pictures production. David Klawans, Nina Wolarsky, Chris Brigham, Chay Carter, Graham King and Tim Headington are the executive producers, with Amy Herman co-producing.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Rodrigo Prieto ("Brokeback Mountain"), production designer Sharon Seymour ("The Town"); Oscar-nominated editor William Goldenberg ("Seabiscuit," "The Insider"); and Oscar-nominated costume designer Jacqueline West ("The Social Network," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"). The music is composed by four-time Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat ("The King's Speech," "The Queen"). Filming was accomplished in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Istanbul.

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Genre: Drama
Runtime: 120 mins.
Release Date: October 12, 2012
Tagline: The movie was fake. The mission was real.
Language(s): English, Persian
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Companies:
GK Films
Smokehouse Pictures

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