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Argo is a 2012 American historical drama thriller film directed, produced by, and starring Ben Affleck. The screenplay, written by Chris Terrio, was adapted from the 1999 memoir The Master of Disguise by U.S. C.I.A. operative Tony Mendez and the 2007 Wired article "The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran" by Joshuah Bearman. The film deals with the "Canadian Caper", in which Mendez led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, under the guise of filming a science-fiction film during the 1979–1981 Iran hostage crisis.

Plot

On November 4, 1979, Iranian Islamists storm the United States Embassy in Tehran in retaliation for President Jimmy Carter giving the Shah, a dictator put in place by Western powers, asylum in the U.S. during the Iranian Revolution, for cancer treatment. Sixty-six of the embassy staff are taken as hostages, but six avoid capture and are sheltered in the home of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor.

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    award Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Film César Award for Best Foreign Film Dorian Award for Film of the Year National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Iran Istanbul Los Angeles Tehran Washington, D.C.
    director Ben Affleck
    editor William Goldenberg
    events Canadian Caper hostage-rescue mission Iran hostage crisis
    genre drama historical political thriller
    keywords ambassador asylum ba\'athist iraq battle for the planet of the apes bill clinton canada canadian canadian passport canadian passports cancer cancer treatment central intelligence agency classify consultant consultation cove create deputy director deputy director of the central intelligence agency dictator exfiltrating extraction fake id film producer film production filmmaker intelligence agency intelligence star iranian revolution iraq islamism islamist john chambers ken taylor kenneth d. taylor last second make-up artist mohammad reza pahlavi operation eagle claw planned military rescue of the hostages rescue revolutionary right of asylum science fiction film scout set up shah shelter star wars swissair u.s. state department united states department of state virginia western powers
    musicBy Alexandre Desplat
    nomination Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Sound Academy Award for Best Sound Editing Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Film
    producer Ben Affleck George Clooney Grant Heslov
    productionCompany GK Films Smokehouse Pictures
    publisher Warner Bros. Pictures
    recordedAt Istanbul Los Angeles Turkey
    theme biographical drama filmmaking spy