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Rated R · 120 min. · 2012


Argo, an old-school political thriller from director and star Ben Affleck, tells the true but little-known story of a daring CIA rescue mission that spirited several American hostages out of Iran in the first weeks of the 1979 crisis. Affleck plays the role of CIA agent Tony Mendez, an "exfiltration" expert whose specialty is getting U.S. citizens out of dangerous spots overseas, and his plan here is a doozy. The film's most inspired maneuver, though, is putting Alan Arkin and John Goodman together for some very funny scenes in Hollywood. Throw in ace supporting turns from veterans like Bryan Cranston, Victor Garber and Phillip Baker Hall, and you've got a hell of a good time at the movies. Argo is one of the best films of the year.

See our full review: Ben Affleck's directing career continues to impress with <i>Argo</i>

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In the final scenes of Argo I was literally on the edge of my seat, leaning forward. I can't remember the last time that's happened. »

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Director: Ben Affleck
Writer: Chris Terrio, Antonio J. Mendez and Joshuah Bearman
Producer: Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney
Cast: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea Duvall, Scoot Mcnairy, Rory Cochrane and Christopher Denham




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