This movie is a true story besides being a suspense/thriller. It’s about a covert rescue mission, to bring home the 6 Americans who left the American embassy, before the take over. November 4, 1979, 52 Americans were taken hostage from the American embassy in Tehran by the Iranian revolutionaries. Six manage to escape the embassy, undetected.
With the help of Kenneth Taylor (Victor Garber) the Canadian ambassador, the six remained protected in the ambassador’s home. At the time this incident becoming world news. Everyone, especially the president of the U.S. (Jimmy Carter) were thinking of ways to free the hostages. Tony Menendez (Ben Affleck) a C.I.A. operative, was NO exception. He was certain his idea would work, now to convince his superiors.
His scheme was to pose as a Canadian film producer, looking for an exotic location to shoot a science fiction movie. The movie would be named “Argo” John Chambers (John Goodman) the make up artist, set up a cover story for Tony, to show the Iranians the special effects that were purposely made for the bogus Si-Fi movie..Once in Tehran Tony would gather the 6 Americans, and fly them out as part of the film crew. Although Menendez scheme was dangerous…his superiors agreed to go for it.
At the same time, President Carter was hatching his own plan to rescue the 52 hostages. The incident at the airport was a nail biting experience which could have been disastrous for the 6 Americans. Whether the presidents plan to rescue the 52 hostages and
Tony Menendez rescue plan for the 6 Americans, happening at the same time, is true or not is no longer relevent . The entire incident is so unbelievable, one would think, it MUST be fiction. Anyway a fantastic movie…..Oscar written all over it.
Now thanks to Ben Affleck, we get to see a clear picture of how a C.I.A. agent, and the Canadian Ambassador were responsible for the successful rescue of the 6 missing hostages.
The media at the time, kept
us informed as to how many days the hostages were confined,(444) however, we never knew the destiny of the remaining 6. This information was not declasified until the Clinton administration. Stay for the credits, for additional information.
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