Argo by Antonio Mendez & Matt Baglio

Argo

By Antonio Mendez & Matt Baglio

  • Release Date: 2012-09-13
  • Genre: United States
Score: 2.5
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Description

The true, declassified account of CIA operative Tony Mendez's daring rescue of American hostages from Iran that inspired the critically-acclaimed film directed by and starring Ben Affleck, and co-starring John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston.

On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there is a little-known drama connected to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a top-level CIA officer named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them before they were detected.

Disguising himself as a Hollywood producer, and supported by a cast of expert forgers, deep cover CIA operatives, foreign agents, and Hollywood special effects artists, Mendez traveled to Tehran under the guise of scouting locations for a fake science fiction film called Argo. While pretending to find the perfect film backdrops, Mendez and a colleague succeeded in contacting the escapees, and smuggling them out of Iran.
Antonio Mendez finally details the extraordinarily complex and dangerous operation he led more than three decades ago. A riveting story of secret identities and international intrigue, Argo is the gripping account of the history-making collusion between Hollywood and high-stakes espionage. 

Reviews

  • Garbage

    1
    By DirkDangler1976
    Ken Taylor and the Canadian government played the integral role in freeing the Americans. Hollywood nonsense and factually incorrect.
  • Fiction

    1
    By Eric in Mississauga
    This is a rah-rah piece of fiction, conveniently ignoring the facts. This was a Canadian operation from start to finish. Shameful enough that Affleck phoned up Ken Taylor to apologize for the "inconsistencies".
  • No respect

    1
    By Adlosssd
    No respect for all canadians
  • Argos

    1
    By AgenSi
    Lack of respect to Canada and to Ambassador Ken Taylor. Hollywood as usual creates marketable fiction based on real facts. Time to set the record straight.
  • The CIA and Hollywood did not pull off the rescue

    1
    By Bababooey25
    Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor and his staff sheltered the Americans. This changing of historical fact is a slap in the face to Mr Taylor and all Canadians.

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