Telluride Review: Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Is True Hostage Thriller, Hollywood Parody, and Likely Oscar Contender
feedproxy.google.com Whoever thought the Telluride Film Festival wasn't on the Oscar track this year didn't figure on Ben Affleck's third film as a director, "Argo" (October 12). The buzz was building on this taut and commercial thriller, which Affleck directs with screw-tightening efficiency that would make Michael Mann proud. Multiple Oscar nominations are in order as this movie surges to the top of the current Oscar contenders list.

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Argo Synopsis and Credits

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 (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.

"Argo" stars Adrienne Barbeau, Alan Arkin, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Clea DuVall, John Goodman, and Taylor Schilling.

Directed by Ben Affleck.
Written by Chris Terrio.
Produced by David Klawans, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov.
Production company/distributor: Warner Bros..

Release Date: October 12, 2012

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