Argo


2h 2012

Brief Synopsis

During the Iran hostage crisis, the CIA and Hollywood collaborated in a life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans. Their role in these events was little-known until information was declassified many years later. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, m

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Adaptation
Comedy
Drama
Period
Thriller
Release Date
2012
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Washington D.C., USA; Istanbul, Turkey

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

During the Iran hostage crisis, the CIA and Hollywood collaborated in a life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans. Their role in these events was little-known until information was declassified many years later. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. In the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor. Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are discovered and likely killed, the Canadian and American governments ask the CIA to intervene. The CIA turns to their top "exfiltration" specialist, Tony Mendez, to come up with a plan to move the six Americans safely out of the country. What they concoct is a plan so incredible, it could only happen in the movies.

Cast

Daston Kalili

Ruty Rutenberg

Dorianne Pahlavan

Roberto Garcia

Scoot Mcnairy

Farshad Farahat

Jozef Fahey

Andrew Varenhorst

Brandon Tabassi

Taies Farzan

Lindsey Lee Ginter

Danilo Di Julio

Mehrdad Sarlak

Christopher Stanley

Ali Saam

Timothy Patrick Quill

Jon Woodward Kirby

Bill Tangradi

Clea Duvall

Florans Atlantis

Bill Kalmenson

Hooshang Tooze

Sahm Mcglynn

Baris Deli

Bahram Khosraviani

David Sullivan

Larry Sullivan

Nancy Stelle

Danielle Barbosa

Barry Livingston

Richard Dillane

Sussan Deyhim

Vocals

Michael Chieffo

Ken Edling

Eric S Cooper

Fahim Fazli

Ray Porter

Saba Sarem

Aidan Sussman

Scott Elrod

Rory Cochrane

Leyla Beysulen

Taylor Schilling

Victor Mccay

Stephen J Lattanzi

Philip B. Hall

Actor (Uncredited)

Zeljko Ivanek

Nelson Franklin

Rob Brownstein

Hans Tester

Puya Abbassi

John Boyd

Richard Kind

Cas Anvar

Ben Affleck

Sheila Vand

Matt Nolan

Araz Vahid Ebrahim Nia

Victor Garber

Hovik Gharibian

Jr Cacia

Annie Little

Tate Donovan

Bryan Cranston

Reza Mir

Alison Fiori

Yan Feldman

Jamie Mcshane

Alan Arkin

Amir K

Ray Haratian

Matthew Glave

Michael Woolston

Ali Farkhonde

Joseph Griffo

Adrienne Barbeau

Karina Logue

Ashley Wood

Scott Leet

Louise Del Araujo

Lead Man

Ryan Ahern

Jean Carol

Chris Messina

Fanshen Cox

Yuri Sardarov

Bob Gunton

Bill Blair

Michael Cassidy

Sam Sheikholeslami

Tehmina Sunny

Muhammed Cangoren

Alborz Basiratmand

Nikka Far

Keith Szarabajka

Tom Lenk

Kyle Chandler

Michael Parks

Bobby Naderi

Bobby Zegar

Rob Tepper

Kerry Bishe

Mark Smith

Christopher Denham

Maz Siam

Sharareh Sedghi

Omid Abtahi

Allegra Carpenter

Amitis Frances Ariano

Asghar Allah Veirdi Zadeh

Alex Schemmer

Page Leong

Deborah Deimel Bean

Rafi Pitts

Kelly Curran

Titus Welliver

Peter Henry Schroeder

Soheil Tasbihchi

John Goodman

Crew

Erik Aadahl

Sound Designer

Timothy D. Ackers

Painter

Ben Affleck

Producer

Alejandro Aguilar

Foreman

Cagdas Agun

Security

Awat A Ahmed

Stunts

Romain Allender

Music

Trish Almeida

Hair Stylist

Colin Anderson

Camera Operator

Tina Anderson

Post-Production Supervisor

Michael Anthony

Song

Daniel Arrias

Stunts

James Ashwill

Foley Mixer

Serdar Atik

Production Accountant

Barbara Augustus

Makeup Artist

Douglas Axtell

Sound Mixer

Zafer Aydin

Stunts

Ergun Ayer

Stunts

Russell Ayer

Chief Lighting Technician

Koby Azarly

Stunts

Justin Babin

Rigging Grip

David Bach

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Fiona Baldwin

Office Coordinator

Nicole Balzarini

Art Department Assistant

Jeeda Barford

Costume Supervisor

Ahmet Ali Basoglu

Stunts

Craig Bauer

Assistant Camera

Chris Baugh

Location Manager

Heidi Baumgarten

Set Decorator

Robert Baumgartner

Director Of Photography

Robert Baumgartner

Dp/Cinematographer

Eric Bautista

Sound

Joshuah Bearman

Consultant

Joshuah Bearman

Source Material

Spencer Beighley

Assistant

Jean-pascal Beintus

Music Conductor

Bruce Benson

Coordinator

Ashley Berlanga

Accounting Assistant

Keith Bernstein

Still Photographer

Philipp Besa

Accounting Assistant

Michael Betz

Assistant Location Manager

Chino Binamo

Stunts

Safak Binay

Casting

Melissa F. Binder

Wardrobe

Kate Biscoe

Makeup

Gail Bixby

Key Costumer

Sandro Blattner

Visual Effects

John Bonham

Song

Peter Borck

Art Director

Greg Ten Bosch

Sound Effects Editor

Richard J Boyle

Best Boy Grip

Maria Bradley

Costumer

Ben Bray

Stunts

Chris Brigham

Executive Producer

Luke Brigham

Assistant

Darwin Browne

Key Grip

Danika Brysha

Assistant

Refik Buldi

Stunts

F Alan Burg

On-Set Dresser

Jeremy Burns

Compositing Supervisor

David Butkovich

Crane Grip

David V Butler

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Rod Byers

Song

Ian Calip

Assistant Director

Patrick Capone

Dp/Cinematographer

Patrick Capone

Director Of Photography

Tom Carson

Office Coordinator

Chay Carter

Executive Producer

Bernard O Ceguerra

Visual Effects

Bijan Chemirani

Music

Jon Chesson

Visual Effects

Anis Cheurfa

Stunts

Richard Chouinard

Transportation Captain

George Clooney

Producer

Richard Cody

Craft Service

Linda Cohen

Music Supervisor

Rita Colimon

Accounting Assistant

Kyle Cooper

Titles

Greg Cosh

Boom Operator

David Craig

On-Set Dresser

Craig Crawford

Compositor

Clark Credle

Assistant Director

Charles Crivier

Dolly Grip

Steve Cropper

Song

John Cucci

Foley Artist

Steven Cueva

Camera Assistant

Max Daly

Researcher

James Danicic

Head Stage Technician

Max Daniels

Stunts

Brian Delmonico

Visual Effects

Tony Desanto

Videotape Operator

Alexandre Desplat

Music Conductor

Alexandre Desplat

Music

Matt Dessero

Visual Effects

Joseph Dianda

Key Grip

Tony Didio

Armourer

Richard Duarte

Foley Mixer

Justin Duncan

Assistant Location Manager

Donald Dunn

Song

Eyad Elbitar

Stunts

Mohamed Ibrahim Elkest

Stunts

Greg Ellis

Music

Tunc Erguden

Construction Manager

Kudsi Erguner

Music

Joel Erickson

Assistant Sound Editor

Benny Estrada

Colorist

Antonio Evans

Medic

Aaron Fairley

Assistant

Eddie Fernandez

Stunts

Carey Field

Assistant

Holly Field

Assistant

Cliff Fleming

Helicopter Pilot

Matt Floyd

Rigging Grip

Sean Fogel

Production Supervisor

Michael Sean Foley

Visual Effects

Claire Folger

Still Photographer

Richard Ford

Music Editor

Olivier Fortin

Camera Assistant

Josh Friz

Assistant Camera

Jonathan Fuh

Boom Operator

Connie Gackenbach

On-Set Dresser

Neil Gahm

Propman

Joe Galdo

Assistant Editor

Maria Paula Galdo

Apprentice Editor

Jose Antonio Garcia

Sound Mixer

Wilma Garscadden-gahret

Script Supervisor

Naomi Gathmann

Costumer

Bryan Gettman

Gang Boss

Jordan Gilbert

Office Coordinator

Tom Gilmour

Film Lab

Alex Gitler

Visual Effects

Deniz Göktürk

Art Director

William Goldenberg

Editor

Steve Goldstein

Accounting Assistant

Alfonso Gomez-rejon

Unit Director

Tony Graham

Lighting Technician

Harry Gregson-williams

Song

Ashley Gressen

Assistant

John Guentner

Foley Mixer

Serkan Guncikis

Stunts

Jason Habelow

Production Secretary

Sean Haley

Costumer

Philip B. Hall

Other

Carl Hamilton

Dolly Grip

Geoff Hancock

Visual Effects

Michael Harbour

Visual Effects

Deborah Harman

On-Set Dresser

Thayr Harris

Stunts

Justin Harrold

Assistant Location Manager

J.r. Hawbaker

Costume Designer

Monica Haynes

Key Costumer

Tim Headington

Executive Producer

Mark Henson

Stunt Coordinator

Amy Herman

Coproducer

Amy Herman

Unit Production Manager

Orlando Hernandez

Chief Lighting Technician

Grant Heslov

Producer

Alex Hillkurtz

Illustrator

Michael Hilow

Stunts

Guy Hoffner

Propman

Brad Holtzman

Costumer

P.k. Hooker

Sound Effects Editor

Turgay Ince

Stunts

Steve Irwin

Video Playback

Pinar Isbilen

Production Accountant

Mark Isham

Song

Bilge Sabri Isil

Transportation Coordinator

Joel Iwataki

Score Recording

Alan Jackson

Song

Jennifer K Jacobs

Accounting Assistant

Mick Jagger

Song

Brian James

Assistant

Simon Jayes

Camera Operator

Daniel R. Jennings

Set Designer

Booker T. Jones

Song

John Paul Jones

Song

Engin Karabacak

Stunts

Guliz Kaymaksüt

Assistant Art Director

Rich Keeshan

Office Coordinator

Jamie Kelman

Prosthetic Makeup

Lora Kennedy

Casting Director

Graham King

Executive Producer

Henry M. Kingi Jr.

Stunts

Arlene Kiyabu

Casting Associate

Ebru Kiziltan

Makeup Artist

David Klawans

Executive Producer

Jonathan Klein

Foley Editor

Gavin Kleintop

Assistant Director

Mark Knopfler

Song

Dora Krolikowska

Camera Assistant

Olgu Baran Kubilay

Assistant

Roxann Langlois

Travel Coordinator

Parker Laramie

Post-Production Assistant

C J Laursen

Production

Brian T Leach

Key Grip

Gilbert Lecluyse

Camera Operator

Jeremy Lei

Visual Effects

Chris Leidholdt

Rigging Grip

Richard Lepore

Greensman

Joseph Liebman

Song

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Action
Adaptation
Comedy
Drama
Period
Thriller
Release Date
2012
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Washington D.C., USA; Istanbul, Turkey

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Award Wins

Best Adapted Screenplay

2012
Chris Terrio

Best Picture

2013

Articles

Argo: Extended Edition on Blu-ray


Ben Affleck's career has been as turbulent and dramatic as they come. In his first decade he was championed as a rising young actor and celebrated as the Oscar-winning screenwriter (shared with his childhood best friend Matt Damon) of Good Will Hunting, then ridiculed as a pretty face in Michael Bay's action spectacles and written off after a string of box-office failures. His response was to turn his back on playing the movie star and remake himself as an artist, taking on more demanding roles (such as playing B-movie actor turned TV star George Reeves in Hollywoodland) and moving behind the camera to direct the acclaimed Gone Baby Gone and The Town.

Those films reminded us that Affleck was smart, talented, and driven but it took Argo, his third film as a director, to turn that talent into popular success. The real-life drama about the stranger-than-fiction rescue of the six Americans who escaped the U.S. Embassy in Iran when it was stormed in 1980 took a few liberties with the historical record to create a nail-biter of an escape thriller. It earned Affleck a Best Director award from the Director's Guild of America, Best Director and Best Picture Golden Globes, an award for the ensemble cast from the Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA wins for Best Picture and Best Director. While Affleck was left out of the Best Director Oscar nominations, Argo went on to win the Best Picture of the year at the Academy Awards.

Affleck also takes the lead as CIA extraction expert Tony Mendez, the man who concocted a plan that involved creating a fake Hollywood movie production as cover to the rescue of the six Americans, who were hiding out in the Canadian embassy in Tehran. Mendez is the fulcrum of the story and Affleck plays the part of the escape mastermind with the low-key savvy of a professional managing the complicated moving parts. The key to the plan was creating false identities for the Americans and putting in place a complicated cover story about scouting locations for a Hollywood picture in Iran to get them out of Iran through a public, well-guarded airport before the government realized they were even missing.

Part of the film is like a good-natured heist movie or confidence game, with Mendez teaming up with two Hollywood veterans, special effects make-up artist John Chambers (played with genial enthusiasm by John Goodman) and old-school producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin, all tart sass and sardonic humor), to convince Hollywood that their fake picture is the real deal. The rest is a mix of spy movie thriller and political drama, with Mendez and his CIA support team (notably Bryan Cranston as his ragged boss) running interference stateside while Mendez coaches his civilian charges through the checkpoints and interrogations of Iranian airport security.

Affleck shoots the film in a style reminiscent of seventies thrillers. In the opening scenes, he and screenwriter Chris Terrio establish the era and the complicated history that created the Iranian situation smartly and efficiently. Affleck seamlessly combines archival news footage with superb recreations of the protests outside the U.S. Embassy to show the sudden explosion of chaos and danger and uses handheld cameras to give us an intimate, immediate connection to the rush inside to destroy documents before they are overrun. Affleck's arrival at CIA headquarters tracks him weaving through desks and cubicles, reminiscent of All the President's Men. Scenes back in the Canadian Embassy show the tension that builds over months of hiding out, unable to go outside and ready to slip out of sight into a hidden crawlspace at a moment's notice, be it the sound of gunfire in the street, a helicopter overhead, or a knock at the door.

If Affleck slips, it is in resorting to escape-movie contrivances to drive the film's final act. It's a real balancing act as the script piles on complications, hurdles, and races against the clock for down-to-the-wire bits of spy movie drama. It's all Hollywood embellishments for dramatic tension, but as the real Tony Menendez explains in an interview, "That's how it felt." Affleck makes it work by maintaining that seventies realism aesthetic, focusing on the details of each encounter and on the reactions of the civilians holding their cover together. Tony, who has been their team leader all this time, takes a support position, nudging here, offering a card there, playing the part of the associate producer on hand to help out the location scouting team. If Affleck the director pushes the adrenaline for maximum tension, Affleck the actor is all restraint as Mendez, letting the others showboat in the key scenes while he hangs back, taking stock and holding it all together. Just like a director. And when you come down to it, there is something oddly appropriate in the way this meeting of Hollywood fakery and true-story spycraft plays out like a movie. Affleck makes it an absolutely compelling movie without getting too self-congratulatory about it. For all the embellishments, he never lets us forget that their lives are on the line.

Argo was first released on Blu-ray in early 2013. For this new "Extended Edition" (subtitled "Declassified"), Affleck adds about nine minutes of footage to the film, almost all of it dealing with Tony Mendez's family life. Separated from his wife and his son, these scenes establish the bond between them in a series of telephone conversations, the easy rapport between father and son as the boy explains what he's watching on TV and the strained affection between husband and wife as she steels herself for his next sudden absence. Taylor Schilling, who plays Christine Mendez, was only briefly seen in the original film, but she has numerous scenes in this edition, either on the other end of a phone call with Affleck or protecting her son from potential disappointment from his absent father. The additions fill out the character of Tony Mendez and what's on the line for him personally as he undertakes yet another covert mission. It does, however, lead to a glaring continuity error when one of the new scenes, showing Tony watching an episode of "Battlestar Galactica" with his son, jumps directly to the scene in the theatrical cut where Tony gets the inspiration for the rescue plan while watching one of the Planet of the Apes movies.

The new edition features all of the extras from the original release plus a disc of new supplements. The most interesting is the "Picture-in-Picture: Eyewitness Account," a running audio-visual commentary track with Mendez, President Carter, former Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor, the "house guests" (as they are identified in their interview clips) Mark Lijek, Bob Anders, Cora Lijek, Kathy Stafford, and Lee Schatz who were hidden in the Canadian Embassy, even the housemaid who worked at the embassy and kept the secret. It plays a bit like a complimentary documentary, offering a personal perspective to the fictionalized presentation and in some cases correcting the dramatization with the true story, including clearing up the fiction that Mendez went rogue to force the White House into going forward. Both Mendez and Carter talk about how the President personally okayed the mission. It's not wall-to-wall clips, but it is very effective.

Also carried over from the earlier Blu-ray is the standard commentary track with director Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio (on the theatrical version only), the 16-minute featurette "Rescued From Tehran: We Were There" featuring the participants of the picture-in-picture track, the 2004 Canadian documentary "Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option," originally produced for History Television, and the short featurettes "Absolute Authenticity" (with Affleck and his collaborators discussing the production) and "Argo: The CIA and Hollywood Connection" (a shorter piece that plays like a lively promotional featurette).

A second disc features an hour of all-new supplements. "Argo Declassified" revisits the history behind the story with interview clips seen elsewhere in the supplements, "The Istanbul Journey" looks at the three-week shoot in Turkey (which doubled for Iran in the film), "Ben Affleck's Balancing Act" on the challenges of being a director, actor, and producer on the same film, the interview featurettes "A Discussion with the Cast of Argo" (with clips from a Q&A session with Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Clea Duvall and others) and "Tony Mendez on Tony Mendez" (with the real-life agent discussing the mission and his career in general), and a montage of clips features characters speaking the film's signature phrase "Argo F**k Yourself."

It all comes packaged in a thick paperboard slipcase with the Blu-ray disc plus a 64-page hardcover booklet with photos and film notes, a replica Tony Mendez ID badge (with Affleck's mug shot), and two 16" x 20" posters, one a map of Tehran with notes on the film, the other a poster of the fictional Argo that served as the operational cover. Also includes an UltraViolet digital HD copy.

By Sean Axmaker
Argo: Extended Edition On Blu-Ray

Argo: Extended Edition on Blu-ray

Ben Affleck's career has been as turbulent and dramatic as they come. In his first decade he was championed as a rising young actor and celebrated as the Oscar-winning screenwriter (shared with his childhood best friend Matt Damon) of Good Will Hunting, then ridiculed as a pretty face in Michael Bay's action spectacles and written off after a string of box-office failures. His response was to turn his back on playing the movie star and remake himself as an artist, taking on more demanding roles (such as playing B-movie actor turned TV star George Reeves in Hollywoodland) and moving behind the camera to direct the acclaimed Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Those films reminded us that Affleck was smart, talented, and driven but it took Argo, his third film as a director, to turn that talent into popular success. The real-life drama about the stranger-than-fiction rescue of the six Americans who escaped the U.S. Embassy in Iran when it was stormed in 1980 took a few liberties with the historical record to create a nail-biter of an escape thriller. It earned Affleck a Best Director award from the Director's Guild of America, Best Director and Best Picture Golden Globes, an award for the ensemble cast from the Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA wins for Best Picture and Best Director. While Affleck was left out of the Best Director Oscar nominations, Argo went on to win the Best Picture of the year at the Academy Awards. Affleck also takes the lead as CIA extraction expert Tony Mendez, the man who concocted a plan that involved creating a fake Hollywood movie production as cover to the rescue of the six Americans, who were hiding out in the Canadian embassy in Tehran. Mendez is the fulcrum of the story and Affleck plays the part of the escape mastermind with the low-key savvy of a professional managing the complicated moving parts. The key to the plan was creating false identities for the Americans and putting in place a complicated cover story about scouting locations for a Hollywood picture in Iran to get them out of Iran through a public, well-guarded airport before the government realized they were even missing. Part of the film is like a good-natured heist movie or confidence game, with Mendez teaming up with two Hollywood veterans, special effects make-up artist John Chambers (played with genial enthusiasm by John Goodman) and old-school producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin, all tart sass and sardonic humor), to convince Hollywood that their fake picture is the real deal. The rest is a mix of spy movie thriller and political drama, with Mendez and his CIA support team (notably Bryan Cranston as his ragged boss) running interference stateside while Mendez coaches his civilian charges through the checkpoints and interrogations of Iranian airport security. Affleck shoots the film in a style reminiscent of seventies thrillers. In the opening scenes, he and screenwriter Chris Terrio establish the era and the complicated history that created the Iranian situation smartly and efficiently. Affleck seamlessly combines archival news footage with superb recreations of the protests outside the U.S. Embassy to show the sudden explosion of chaos and danger and uses handheld cameras to give us an intimate, immediate connection to the rush inside to destroy documents before they are overrun. Affleck's arrival at CIA headquarters tracks him weaving through desks and cubicles, reminiscent of All the President's Men. Scenes back in the Canadian Embassy show the tension that builds over months of hiding out, unable to go outside and ready to slip out of sight into a hidden crawlspace at a moment's notice, be it the sound of gunfire in the street, a helicopter overhead, or a knock at the door. If Affleck slips, it is in resorting to escape-movie contrivances to drive the film's final act. It's a real balancing act as the script piles on complications, hurdles, and races against the clock for down-to-the-wire bits of spy movie drama. It's all Hollywood embellishments for dramatic tension, but as the real Tony Menendez explains in an interview, "That's how it felt." Affleck makes it work by maintaining that seventies realism aesthetic, focusing on the details of each encounter and on the reactions of the civilians holding their cover together. Tony, who has been their team leader all this time, takes a support position, nudging here, offering a card there, playing the part of the associate producer on hand to help out the location scouting team. If Affleck the director pushes the adrenaline for maximum tension, Affleck the actor is all restraint as Mendez, letting the others showboat in the key scenes while he hangs back, taking stock and holding it all together. Just like a director. And when you come down to it, there is something oddly appropriate in the way this meeting of Hollywood fakery and true-story spycraft plays out like a movie. Affleck makes it an absolutely compelling movie without getting too self-congratulatory about it. For all the embellishments, he never lets us forget that their lives are on the line. Argo was first released on Blu-ray in early 2013. For this new "Extended Edition" (subtitled "Declassified"), Affleck adds about nine minutes of footage to the film, almost all of it dealing with Tony Mendez's family life. Separated from his wife and his son, these scenes establish the bond between them in a series of telephone conversations, the easy rapport between father and son as the boy explains what he's watching on TV and the strained affection between husband and wife as she steels herself for his next sudden absence. Taylor Schilling, who plays Christine Mendez, was only briefly seen in the original film, but she has numerous scenes in this edition, either on the other end of a phone call with Affleck or protecting her son from potential disappointment from his absent father. The additions fill out the character of Tony Mendez and what's on the line for him personally as he undertakes yet another covert mission. It does, however, lead to a glaring continuity error when one of the new scenes, showing Tony watching an episode of "Battlestar Galactica" with his son, jumps directly to the scene in the theatrical cut where Tony gets the inspiration for the rescue plan while watching one of the Planet of the Apes movies. The new edition features all of the extras from the original release plus a disc of new supplements. The most interesting is the "Picture-in-Picture: Eyewitness Account," a running audio-visual commentary track with Mendez, President Carter, former Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor, the "house guests" (as they are identified in their interview clips) Mark Lijek, Bob Anders, Cora Lijek, Kathy Stafford, and Lee Schatz who were hidden in the Canadian Embassy, even the housemaid who worked at the embassy and kept the secret. It plays a bit like a complimentary documentary, offering a personal perspective to the fictionalized presentation and in some cases correcting the dramatization with the true story, including clearing up the fiction that Mendez went rogue to force the White House into going forward. Both Mendez and Carter talk about how the President personally okayed the mission. It's not wall-to-wall clips, but it is very effective. Also carried over from the earlier Blu-ray is the standard commentary track with director Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio (on the theatrical version only), the 16-minute featurette "Rescued From Tehran: We Were There" featuring the participants of the picture-in-picture track, the 2004 Canadian documentary "Escape from Iran: The Hollywood Option," originally produced for History Television, and the short featurettes "Absolute Authenticity" (with Affleck and his collaborators discussing the production) and "Argo: The CIA and Hollywood Connection" (a shorter piece that plays like a lively promotional featurette). A second disc features an hour of all-new supplements. "Argo Declassified" revisits the history behind the story with interview clips seen elsewhere in the supplements, "The Istanbul Journey" looks at the three-week shoot in Turkey (which doubled for Iran in the film), "Ben Affleck's Balancing Act" on the challenges of being a director, actor, and producer on the same film, the interview featurettes "A Discussion with the Cast of Argo" (with clips from a Q&A session with Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Clea Duvall and others) and "Tony Mendez on Tony Mendez" (with the real-life agent discussing the mission and his career in general), and a montage of clips features characters speaking the film's signature phrase "Argo F**k Yourself." It all comes packaged in a thick paperboard slipcase with the Blu-ray disc plus a 64-page hardcover booklet with photos and film notes, a replica Tony Mendez ID badge (with Affleck's mug shot), and two 16" x 20" posters, one a map of Tehran with notes on the film, the other a poster of the fictional Argo that served as the operational cover. Also includes an UltraViolet digital HD copy. By Sean Axmaker

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Project was included on the 2010 Black List.

Wide Release in United States October 12, 2012

Released in United States on Video February 19, 2013

Wide Release in United States October 12, 2012

Released in United States on Video February 19, 2013

Released in United States 2012

Based on the article "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran" written by Joshuah Bearman and published in Wired magazine in April 2007. Also based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez.

Released in United States 2012 (Centerpiece)