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In 1979, the U.S. Embassy in Iran is overrun and most of the staff are taken hostage. Six staff members flee in the chaos and are hidden in the private home of the Canadian Ambassador. But the noose is tightening and they cannot remain hidden forever.
The U.S. government is baffled at how to rescue them until CIA Agent Tony Mendez hatches an audacious scheme. Using his contacts in Hollywood, Mendez creates an entirely fake movie called "Argo" and then flies into Iran where he meets up with the six to give them fake credentials and their cover as movie producers who are scouting for shooting locations for Argo.
But time is running out as Iran reconstructs shredded documents which makes them realize that there are six missing staff members and the politicians back in the United States want to shut down the operation. Risking torture and death, Mendez defies his orders to abandon the six and bring them home.
- Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez
- Bryan Cranston as Jack O'Donnell
- Alan Arkin as Lester Siegel
- John Goodman as John Chambers
- Tate Donovan as Robert Anders
- Clea DuVall as Cora Lijek
- Christopher Denham as Mark Lijek
- Scoot McNairy as Joe Stafford
- Kerry Bishe as Kathy Stafford
- Rory Cochrane as Lee Schatz
- Victor Garber as Ken Taylor
- Kyle Chandler as Hamilton Jordan
- Chris Messina as Malinov
- Zeljko Ivanek as Robert Pender
- Titus Welliver as Jon Bates
- Bob Gunton as Cyrus Vance
- Philip Baker Hall as Stansfield Turner
- Richard Kind as Max Klein
- Richard Dillane as Peter Nicholls
- Keith Szarabajka as Adam Engell
- Michael Parks as Jack Kirby
- Tom Lenk as Rodd
- Christopher Stanley as Tom Ahern
- Page Leong as Pat Taylor
- Taylor Schilling as Christine Mendez
- Ashley Wood as Beauty
- Barry Livingston as David Marmor
- Sheila Vand as Sahar
- Omid Abtahi as Reza
- Karina Logue as Elizabeth Ann Swift
- Adrienne Barbeau as Nina
- Fouad Hajji as Komiteh