Argo

Argo

DVD - 2013
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On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped and a mid level agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, 2013
Edition: Rental ed
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Arg
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Amada_Kavanagh
Oct 10, 2016

A disappointment - the movie's documentary style techniques suggest historical authenticity and there are many lies throughout the movie. Just more American propaganda to instill Patriotism and paint Iranians as the bad guys. There were no Iranian characters - other than the sterotypical 'bad guys'. Iranians were made to look like mobs of crazed people.
The lies: there was no dramatic chase by police before the plane took off, they were never 'drilled' by airport security to the point of almost missing the flight - their plane ride home was uneventful in real life. The ending line about Canada taking credit to just to save face was the biggest lie. Jimmy Carter did point this out after seeing this movie.
The ommission: The movie's opening with the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh failed to mention why he was overthrown, and the sinister USA military assassinations and aiding of rebels in yet another USA coup.
Mossadegh was not the bad guy. Just like Gadaffi, Assad, Saddam et al. are portrayed by Western media. They are not saints - name a leader anywhere who is. All these leaders are guilty off, was trying to nationalize their countries natural resources and remove American control. I should include Hugo Chevez, who was the victim of an unsuccessful American backed coup, himself. Americans want to control everybody elses oil.
If they had not tried to pass Argo off as a factual documentary, I'd say it's an okay movie. As a documentary, it is too full of inaccuracies to rate above 2 stars. And those two stars are only because I am an Alan Arkin fan.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

Super Intense. Maybe too intense. I knew largely how the film was going to end, and yet my heart was racing. While I recognize that for many this is a sign of a good movie, personally I didn't like it. It made what was an interesting story into a fast-paced spy film. Hey, you like Tom Cruise, you'll love this. Like fact and drama? Well it has plenty of that too, but not enough to completely satisfy me.

I don't know all the details of the true Argo story, but if it had truly been this tense, had every thing that could go wrong went wrong, and every "baddie" been just one millisecond behind the rah-rah team, I'm sorry to say that Mark or Bob would've had a heart attack. No doubt about that.

Was Argo fast-paced and breathtaking? Yes. Will I remember it for as long as other contemporary films that didn't try so hard to impress me with thrills (eg Life of Pi)? Absolutely not.

Enough about the pacing, I thought Argo had a wonderful cast. The filmmakers did an excellent job picking the right people and getting the look of the times, places, and people right. These are the aspects that make this story phenomenal.

Argo wouldn't have been my selection for Best Picture, but it certainly was good.

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GreatnessNow
May 23, 2016

Wow!!! Quite surprised with this movie. Definitely worth my time.

bookishdl Apr 20, 2016

Terrific movie despite the skewed version of who helped who in this event. Extremely well acted and great building of suspense (even though I know it was never quite that close) but terrifying to think that in today's climate, those hostages would probably not have survived. Recommended.

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Olivy
Feb 24, 2016

Watch the bonus for a closer glimpse at how it may have really gone down. We really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it: history/ good story telling/ good character acting/ suspense/ learning more about a well known Canadian story .

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DesLi
Nov 09, 2015

This movie is based on a true story. Well produced & good acting. Entertaining!

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D204
Oct 30, 2015

This may have been a good movie (debatable!) but is a typical American slant on events and is more fiction than fact. The true story is found in "Our Man in Tehran" where Ken Taylor, the Canadian Ambassador, gives a full account of the actual event and how the Canadians saved the Americans with just a little help from the American Government, not the other way round.

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tenet
Sep 11, 2015

Rated 8/10.

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m_g_5_
Jul 25, 2015

Was intrigued by the Canadian connection in this movie as well as its winning the 2013 Oscar Best Picture and after reading through history and then watching this movie, I can personally say that this is one of my favorite political thriller movies.

Quimeras Jul 10, 2015

Fast-paced walking in the halls of government buildings, seemingly urgent phone calls and messages received at the last minute are some of the artifices employed to add thrills to an otherwise humdrum plot. Perhaps a documentary would have been better.

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darlenestrom
Oct 26, 2013

Other: Inaccurate historical content!

Dimmu16 Mar 06, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: When they get to the airport with the 6 hostages.

Dimmu16 Mar 06, 2013

Coarse Language: A lot of people say F*ck

Dimmu16 Mar 06, 2013

Sexual Content: A lot of reference to porn but no sex is shown.

Dimmu16 Mar 06, 2013

Violence: They shoot a lot of people. They also show a hanged man.

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aaa5756 Oct 13, 2013

“National honor is the national property of the highest value.” -James Madison

aaa5756 Oct 13, 2013

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill

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Monolith
May 10, 2013

Tony Mendez: "What happened?" Jack O'Donnell: "Six of them went out a back exit. Brits turned them away; Kiwis turned them away; Canadians took them in. Traffic calls them "house guests". They haven't left The Canadian Ambassador's house since it happened." Tony Mendez: "Why weren't we in ten weeks ago?" Jack O'Donnell: "Too dangerous. Got revolutionary guards going door-to-door like Jehovah's witnesses. Half of 'em think that Khomeini's been too lenient on the ones in the embassy." Tony Mendez: "What about The White House?" Jack O'Donnell: "Carter's sh*tting enough bricks to build the pyramids."

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Monolith
May 10, 2013

Lester Siegel (watching the network newscasts on the conflicts in the Middle East): "...Bad news, bad news. Even when it's good news, it's bad news... John Wayne's in the ground six months; this is what's left of America."

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brandini4ku
Mar 18, 2013

You know what I told her? Argo !#?* yourself!

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