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120 min | 130 min (Extended Version)
Drama | Thriller
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Ben Affleck
Won 3 Oscars. Another 92 wins & 117 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2012-10-12
Filming Locations: McLean, Virginia, USA
Budget: $44,500,000
Opening Weekend: $19,458,109 (USA) (14 October 2012)
Gross: $136,019,448 (USA) (21 April 2013)
John Boyd
John Boyd
Ben Affleck
Tony Mendez
Bryan Cranston
Jack O'Donnell
Alan Arkin
Lester Siegel
John Goodman
John Chambers
Victor Garber
Ken Taylor
Tate Donovan
Bob Anders
Clea DuVall
Cora Lijek
Scoot McNairy
Joe Stafford
Rory Cochrane
Lee Schatz
Christopher Denham
Mark Lijek
Kerry Bishé
Kathy Stafford
Kyle Chandler
Hamilton Jordan
Chris Messina
Zeljko Ivanek
Robert Pender
Titus Welliver
Keith Szarabajka
Adam Engell
Bob Gunton
Cyrus Vance
Richard Kind
Max Klein
Richard Dillane
OSS Officer Nicholls
Omid Abtahi
Reza Borhani
Page Leong
Pat Taylor
Farshad Farahat
Azizi Checkpoint #3
Sheila Vand
Karina Logue
Elizabeth Ann Swift
Ryan Ahern
Sgt. Sickmann
Bill Tangradi
Alan B. Golacinski
Jamie McShane
William J. Daugherty
Matthew Glave
Col. Charles W. Scott
Roberto Garcia
Sgt. William Gallegos
Christopher Stanley
Thomas L. Ahern, Jr.
Jon Woodward Kirby
Fred Kupke
Alborz Basiratmand
Student with Poster
Ruty Rutenberg
Marine #1
Michael Woolston
Marine #2
Sharareh Sedghi
Lady with Radio
Bobby Zegar
Tear Gas Student
Victor McCay
Matt Nolan
Peter Genco
J.R. Cacia
Bill Kalmenson
Hal Saunders
Rob Brownstein
Landon Butler
David Sullivan
Jon Titterton
Jean Carol
Jordan's Secretary
Michael Cassidy
Jordan's Analyst
Yuri Sardarov
Nikka Far
Tehran Mary
Aidan Sussman
Ian Mendez
Barry Livingston
David Marmor
Ali Saam
Ali Khalkhali
Araz Vahid Ebrahim Nia
Scott Anthony Leet
The Minotaur
Ashley Wood
Space Lab Nurse
Rob Tepper
Film Director
Stephen J. Lattanzi
Danielle Barbosa
Lester's Housekeeper
Eric Scott Cooper
Adrienne Barbeau
Tom Lenk
Variety Reporter
Nelson Franklin
LA Times Reporter
Kelly Curran
Princess Aleppa
Mark Rhino Smith
Evil Villain
Bill Blair
Humanoid Robot
Daston Kalili
Green Jacket
Joseph S. Griffo
Nestor the Android
Andrew Varenhorst
Blue Monster
Amitis Frances Ariano
Persian Dancer
Alison Fiori
Sci Fi Body Suit Girl
Taies Farzan
Middle Class Iranian Woman
Rafi Pitts
Iranian Consulate Official
Allegra Carpenter
British Airways Flight Attendant
Bobby Naderi
Airport Husband
Ray Haratian
Immigration Officer
Mehrdad Sarlak
Immigration Officer
Soheil Tasbihchi
Immigration Officer
Hovik Gharibian
Immigration Officer
Dorianne Pahlavan
Airport Hysterical Wife
Houshang Touzie
Deputy Minister of Islamic Guidance
Peter Henry Schroeder
Producer (as Peter-Henry Schroeder)
Ali Farkhonde
Tehran Car Rental Man
Sahm McGlynn
Bearded Fundamentalist in Bazaar
Muhammed Cangören
Bazaar Shopkeeper (as Muhammed Cangoren)
Asghar Allah Veirdi Zadeh
Bazaar Angry Man
Leyla Beysulen
Angry Woman (as Leyla Beysülen)
Lindsey Ginter
Hedley Donovan
Tim Quill
Alan Sosa
Larry Sullivan
Engell's Secretary
Danilo Di Julio
Sgt. Gauthier
Fanshen Cox
White House Operator
Tehmina Sunny
Swissair Ticketing Agent
Amir K
Passport Official (as Amir Kamyab)
Baris Deli
Carpet Factory Komiteh
Cas Anvar
Revolutionary Guard
Bahram Khosraviani
Revolutionary Guard
Sam Sheikholeslami
Revolutionary Guard
Saba Sarem
Revolutionary Guard
Puya Abbassi
Revolutionary Guard
Reza Mir
Komiteh Reza
Jozef Fahey
Lock Up PA
Annie Little
Swissair Gate Agent
Fahim Fazli
Komiteh Subordinate
Brandon Tabassi
Young Komiteh at Airport
John Hans Tester
Swissair Pilot (as Hans Tester)
Alex Schemmer
Swissair Co-Pilot
Yan Feldman
Air Traffic Controller
Nancy Stelle
Swissair Flight Attendant
Maz Siam
Iraqi Border Guard
Ken Edling
Assistant Secretary of State
Deborah Deimel Bean
State Department Official
Michael Chieffo
CIA Archives Officer
Taylor Schilling
Christine Mendez
Marc Abbink
Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Martin Andris
Lab Sound Man (uncredited)
Noah Arrue
Refugee (uncredited)
Ninef Arsanos
Extra (uncredited)
Jeffrey Ashkin
Iranian Protestor / Hollywood Partygoer (uncredited)
Gabriel Aslan
Ian's Friend (uncredited)
Koby Azarly
Iranian Airport Police (uncredited)
Nima Azizi
Mahmoud (uncredited)
Danielle Beckwith
Greek Goddess (uncredited)
David Bittick
Marine #3 (uncredited)
Michael Blumenstock
CIA Officer (uncredited)
Phillip Borghee
Iranian Protestor (uncredited)
Ramon Calzada
Muslim Cleric (uncredited)
Rita Cannon
Protester (uncredited)
Jimmy Carter
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Momo Casablanca
Visa Seeker (uncredited)
Victoria Charters
Swissair Gate Rep (uncredited)
Jennifer Christopher
Amaru Cloud
Iranian Boy (uncredited)
Rebecca Clouse
Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Shaun Daley
Chancery Hostage (uncredited)
Matt Doherty
Butler (uncredited)
Soloicus Twentius Eightican
Film Producer (uncredited)
Ehab Elgharabawy
Iranian Passenger (uncredited)
Ibrahim Elkest
Protester (uncredited)
Kristi Faye
Airline Stewardess (uncredited)
Jerald Garner
CIA Pit Team (uncredited)
Clark Gilmer
Space Nurse (uncredited)
Sepideh Haftgoli
Iranian Stewardess (uncredited)
Priyom Haider
Protestor (uncredited)
Fouad Hajji
Komiteh (uncredited)
Lucas N. Hall
Protestor (uncredited)
Philip Baker Hall
C.I.A Director Stansfield Turner (uncredited)
Matt Harding
Driver (uncredited)
Kevin Hawley
Canadian Chancellor (uncredited)
Daniel Hayek
Head Table Revolutionary #6 (uncredited)
James A. Howard
CIA Agent (uncredited)
Jasmin Jandreau
Swissair Passenger (uncredited)
Eli Jane
Swissair Stewardess (uncredited)
Richard Allan Jones
Smokehouse Patron (uncredited)
Rocky Kanaka
Assistant (uncredited)
Jason Kapraun
Argo Staff (uncredited)
Athena Talin Katalaris
Persian Child / Refugee (uncredited)
David Dustin Kenyon
Argo Staff (uncredited)
Siamak Keyvani
Swissair Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Klemp
State Department Member (uncredited)
Elena Kolpachikova
Hollywood Actress (uncredited)
Michelangelo Kowalski
Lab Tech (uncredited)
Germano Kuerten
Revolutionary (uncredited)
Michael Kunselman
Marine #4 (uncredited)
Veronika Kurshinskaya
Air France Stewardess (uncredited)
Mihaela Lacramioara
Refugee (uncredited)
Diamond Nicole Landeen
Little Girl in Bar (uncredited)
Michael Laren
Argo Graphic Designer (uncredited)
Jonathan Levian
Komiteh Yoni (uncredited)
Michael Lovern
Embassy Senior Staff Member (uncredited)
Chanelle Lyn
Iranian Protestor (uncredited)
Amir Malaklou
Brother Ali (uncredited)
Seli Marset
Pakistani Stewardess (uncredited)
Ayden Mayeri
Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Coleman McClary
Hollywood Actor (uncredited)
Matt McVay
Hollywood Actor (uncredited)
Roman Mitichyan
Iranian Comiteh in Truck (uncredited)
Derek Mobraaten
Protester (uncredited)
Anthony Narvaez
Head Table Revolutionary #7 (uncredited)
Armin Nasseri
Reporter (uncredited)
Asal Nazerpour
India Air Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Marsad Nikui
Chilled Passenger (uncredited)
Randy Oglesby
Pat Horan
Francisco Ovalle
Protestant #1 (uncredited)
Salomon Passariello
Komiteh (uncredited)
Josh Pellerin
Iranian Protester (uncredited)
Erin Pickett
Liz Taylor Look-alike (uncredited)
Sandra Plazinic
Space Girl (uncredited)
Bill Porter
Publicist (uncredited)
Tyson Power
Canadian Embassy Staffer #2 (uncredited)
Rita Qatami
Iranian Visa Seeker (uncredited)
Erick Ramirez
Space Armor Pants Guy (uncredited)
Gerry Rand
White House Staff (uncredited)
Sean Patrick Reilly
Slone (uncredited)
Ray Remillard
CIA Staff (uncredited)
Ayanery Reyes
Swissair Iranian Passenger (uncredited)
Korrina Rico
Hollywood Starlet (uncredited)
Vincent Rivera
Cameraman (uncredited)
Moe Rock
Protestor (uncredited)
Abe Rogland
CIA Senior Agent (uncredited)
Brendan Rooney
Marine Cpl. (uncredited)
Mitchell Salberg
Photographer (uncredited)
Nick Santoro
Hostage (uncredited)
Christina Sardinas
Protester (uncredited)
James Shanklin
Mike Touzani (uncredited)
Brandon Slagle
Canadian Embassy Staffer #1 (uncredited)
Sally Spaide
Flight Attendant (uncredited)
Michael Stailey
Chancery Staff (uncredited)
Steven T Stanton
Sound Guy (uncredited)
Stephen Szibler
CIA Agent (uncredited)
Kaveh Taherian
Head Table Revolutionary #2 (uncredited)
India Air Flight Attendant (uncredited)
John H. Tobin
CIA Agent (uncredited)
Fred Toma
Bus Driver (uncredited)
Jack Topalian
Iran Airline Staff (uncredited)
Sunny Vachher
Iranian Protester (uncredited)
Desary Vailencour
State Secretary (uncredited)
Dennis Velasco
Iranian Protestor (uncredited)
Ron Vitalia
CIA Pit Team (uncredited)
Mike Wallace
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jeremy Gram Weaver
Chancery Hostage (uncredited)
Don Whatley
CIA Staff (uncredited)
Xavier Wolf
Boy in Neighborhood (uncredited)
Rana Yamak
Iranian Kid (uncredited)
Yasmeen Yamak
Iranian Kid (uncredited)
Omid Zader
Komiteh (uncredited)
Rafael Zubizarreta
Protestor (uncredited)
Did you know?
When the guard is sitting at his desk looking at the copy of Variety, pictures of two films released from 1979 are seen-Rocky II and Kramer vs. Kramer. Rocky II and Argo were both directed by the star of the film (Sylvester Stallone and Ben Affleck, respectively). Kramer vs. Kramer won Best Picture in 1979, Argo would win Best Picture in 2012.
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The script originally began by jumping directly into the protests outside the U.S. Embassy. However, Ben Affleck and Chris Terrio did not want the film to simply be a portrayal of irrationally crazy Middle Easterners; the opening credits/prologue, which details how the U.S. helped install the Shah in power and the Shah's subsequent corruption and brutality, was created so as to make the anger after the Iranian Revolution understandable while not supporting the grossly illegal and immoral hostage-taking at the embassy.
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Rafi Pitts:  Appears as the Iranian Consulate Official. He was also Ben Affleck 's personal consultant on the film.
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In closing credits, they misspelled "Battlestar Gallactica" (sic)
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In the meeting in Max Klein's office, there is a copy of Sid Caesar's autobiography, "Where Have I Been?", on the bookshelf. This memoir was not published until 1983.
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Joe Stafford's glasses are plain glass: they do not distort what is behind them.
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Ticket Clerk: I'm sorry I can't find your ticket. Tony Mendez: [Very calm] Thank you. Could you check again?
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Lester Siegel: Bad news, bad news. Even when it's good news, it's bad news. John Wayne in the ground 6 months and this is what is left of America.
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Lester Siegel: Okay, you got 6 people hiding out in a town of what, 4 million people, all of whom chant "death to America" all the livelong day. You want to set up a movie in a week. You want to lie to Hollywood, a town where everybody lies for a living. Then you're gonna sneak 007 over here into a country that wants CIA blood on their breakfast cereal, and you're gonna walk the Brady Bunch out of the most watched city in the world.
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Why don't the Iranians try to stop the airliner once it had taken off?
In real life the narrow escape at the airport didn't actually happen. In the context of the film, it can be reasoned that stopping the Swissair flight would have created a diplomatic incident and the Iranian revolutionaries would not have wished to anger Switzerland, which had much of Iran's oil wealth secreted in its banks by the Shah. It could also be construed that the guards at the airport might be reluctant to publicize to their superiors that they had allowed the Americans escape.
What is 'Argo' about?
CIA operations specialist Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) formulates a plan to enter Iran and rescue six Americans -- Joe (Scoot McNairy) and Kathy (Kerry Bishé) Stafford, Mark (Christopher Denham) and Cora (Clea DuVall) Lijek, Henry Lee Schatz (Rory Cochrane), and Bob Anders (Tate Donovan) -- who went into hiding following the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis (1979-1981). With the help of film producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) and Hollywood make-up artist John Chambers (John Goodman), they concoct an elaborate ruse of a Canadian film crew scouting locations in Iran for a science fiction movie called Argo.
Did the British and New Zealand embassies really turn the fleeing American staff away?
No, the British Embassy actually sheltered them before moving them on to the Canadians where they could blend in better with their accents and which was not also under threat of being stormed in just the same manner as the American Embassy was. The New Zealand Embassy also gave help including smuggling the group to the airport for their escape.
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Photos from cast
Michael Parks Ray Porter John Boyd Scott Elrod Ania Spiering Dawn Sobolewski