- Cast: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Victor Garber, Zeljko Ivanek, Richard Kind, Scoot McNairy, Chris Messina, Michael Parks, Taylor Schilling
- Director: Ben Affleck
- Writers: Joshuah Bearman, Chris Terrio
- Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
- Executive Producers: Chris Brigham, Chay Carter, Tim Headington, Graham King, David Klawans, Nina Wolarsky
- Art Directions: Peter Borck, Deniz Göktürk
- Casting: Lora Kennedy
- Costume Design: Jacqueline West
- D.O.P.: Rodrigo Prieto
- Editor: William Goldenberg
- Makeup: Kate Biscoe
- Music: Alexandre Desplat
- Production Design: Sharon Seymour
- Set Decoration: Jan Pascale
Based on true events, "Argo" chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis--the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.
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 the Canadian ambassador.
Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist named Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with a risky plan to get them safely out of the country. A plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Istanbul, Turkey; Los Angeles, USA; Washington D.C., USA
- MPAA Warning: Language and some violent images
- Production Budget: $44.5 million
- Production Companies: Warner Bros. Pictures, Smoke House, GK Films
- Production Schedule: 2nd September 2011 - November 2011
2012 Guide Analysis: "What looks like a quirky historical dramedy, this true story looks at the plan by the CIA to rescue six U.S. diplomats held hostage at their embassy in Iran in 1979 by convincing officials they were members of a camera crew scouting the area for a Hollywood movie.
Affleck's third directing effort after the acclaimed "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town", this will hopefully continue his so far stellar track record behind the camera. He's certainly got a strong cast assembled and the subject matter is ripe with potential, but the concern is this proving not a dud so much as a misfire like 2009's "The Men Who Stare At Goats"."