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ARGO: A Film Project Like No Other

It was over 30 years after the Iran hostage crisis that the 2013 Oscar Best Picture award-winning film, Argo was released. This political thriller, based on a true story, was directed by Ben Affleck, who also starred in the role of CIA operative, Tony Mendez.

Argo will take you through the invasion of the American embassy in Iran, where there were 52 Americans who were taken hostages. Six were able to escape, and were hidden by the Canadian Ambassador and his wife.

Mendez devised quite the plan: Create a phony Canadian film project to shoot in Iran, and smuggle the Americans out as the production crew. He was able to create the ruse, he as associate producer. With the Iranian security forces getting close to discovering the truth, it was doubtful that the plan would end successfully.

Though the film did receive some criticism for taking a bit of license with the characters and the progression of events (after all, it IS Hollywood), it told a piece of history that few of us knew, especially since the operation was still classified decades later.

Argo is not a film to sleep through. It has "edge of the seat" moments, and classic historical footage. The one-liner humor shared by the characters (especially, the brilliant delivery by actor Alan Arkin) can be best understood by anyone who has faced the tensest of moments in life that require survival cynicism.

Nominated for seven 2013 Academy Awards, Argo won three--Best Motion Picture; Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay; Best Achievement in Film Editing.

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JohnRoberts wrote on September 6, 2015, 8:53 AM

One of the strangest Oscar quirks is Ben Affleck was NOT nominated for Best Director yet Argo won Best Picture and was odds on favorite to do so.

CoralLevang wrote on September 6, 2015, 9:30 AM

I knew about that. I'm not sure it was his directing or acting. But the film editing....brilliant.

CalmGemini wrote on September 6, 2015, 10:17 AM

I have yet to see the movie.I last saw Ben Affleck in' Pearl Harbor.' I was wondering whether I would like ' Argo ' Well,I will definitely be seeing it.

markgraham wrote on September 6, 2015, 10:18 AM

This was an imaginative movie.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 10:52 AM

I remember only too well the day in 1979 when the Embassy was overrun by "student" demonstrators and the refusal of the Iranian government, who weren't complicit in any way mind you, to do anything about the situation. I also remember well the day in 1981 when, at the end of Reagan's swearing in, the hostages were immediately released. Talk all the Iran-Contra you want. The Iranians were wetting their pants worried about what Reagan might do to get those people back.

JohnRoberts wrote on September 6, 2015, 11:11 AM

It wasn't the first time. When Driving Miss Daisy won Best Picture, its director Bruce Beresford wasn't nominated. If an Argo is deemed the best then how can its director and guiding force not be acknowledged.

seren3 wrote on September 6, 2015, 1:48 PM

DWDavisRSL I would love to know all the real facts on these events which the media at large probably didn't get and Hollywood made less authentic! One rumor was that they could have been released on Carter's shift but that the rescue was delayed to make Reagan look good. I'msure there are other rumors that I missed...

seren3 wrote on September 6, 2015, 1:50 PM

CoralLevang If this is on Netflix or Hulu I will make a point of watching! Thanks for the recommend.

chrisandmark wrote on September 6, 2015, 1:50 PM

I'd have enjoyed this more if Affleck wasn't on screen...

CoralLevang wrote on September 6, 2015, 2:16 PM

seren3 I think this is like many other things that we will never learn, i.e. Kennedy assassination, MLK, etc. There will always be conspiracy theorists, and we will always speculate how reality might have been different.

I wish we could know it all... Oh, To be able to come back in 50 years and do it over ....

CoralLevang wrote on September 6, 2015, 2:16 PM

You might want to check out the local library system. That's where I am getting most of mine nowadays.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 2:19 PM

Carter had launched an ill-fated rescue mission but in his effort to make sure all branches of service got to take part and get some of the credit the whole thing wound up going down in flames in the Iranian desert and some of our guys bodies got left behind.

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 6, 2015, 2:26 PM

No trustworthy source of news has ever come forward to say with certainty that Reagan delayed the release of the hostages. Reagan certainly did not need to make Carter look bad. Carter was the worst President since Herbert Hoover oversaw the Great Depression. What I feel certain of is the Iranian mullahs did not want to find out what Reagan would do if the hostages were not released.

CoralLevang wrote on September 6, 2015, 2:37 PM

Oh, I think he is nice to look at, but I think that he is not the best actor out there.

Rufuszen wrote on September 7, 2015, 6:50 AM

I read the book and didn't bother too much about the film

Paulie wrote on September 10, 2015, 4:01 AM

Thanks for a great review. I must make it a point to see this film!

PriscillaKing wrote on September 13, 2015, 5:45 PM

Glad to read that Alan Arkin is still active.