In Movie Theaters October 12, 2012
Argo release date October 12, 2012
STARRING: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin
DIRECTED BY: Ben Affleck
STUDIO: Warner Bros.
RATING: R (For violence, language)
Argo official website: www.argothemovie.com
DVD release date: February 19, 2013
Argo movie box office report:
Opening Day: $5,891,522
Opening Weekend: $19,458,109
Number of Theaters: 3,232
Total Gross: $140,000,000 EST
The About face: The follow up from director/actor Ben Affleck to The Town. A movie about a fake movie.
The Wild side: 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 (Ben 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.
The Movie facts: The movie Argo could become the second movie since 1932 to win the Best Picture Oscar without its director, Ben Affleck, being nominated for the Best Director Oscar. The only movie since Oscars became mainstream in 1932 that won the Best Picture Oscar without its director (Bruce Beresford) having received a Best Director Oscar nomination... Driving Miss Daisy, which was released in 1989, also by Warner Bros.
Complete list of 2013 Oscar nominees - here.
Best line from the movie Argo: "Argo fuck yourself."
Argo DVD review, by David Ramsey: As the American Embassy in Tehran was being overrun six Americans managed to get out through a back door and find refuge at the home of the Canadian Ambassador. While the world watched the hostage crisis in the embassy play out those six hid in fear. After a few months the United States government decides they had to get them out because the revolutionaries will soon be onto them. They turn to a CIA extraction expert who comes up with a bizarre plot to get them out. Based on a true story taken from declassified documents "Argo" is a tense hold your breath thriller that not only could happen, it did. The cast is brilliant, the script is crisp and the direction is masterful. "Argo" is a must see.
"Argo" and director Ben Affleck have been cleaning up this awards season - as they should.
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Above, watch the exclusive ARGO: Declassified - A special half hour, in-depth look at the real events that inspired the Academy Award nominated film, ARGO.