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The movie was fake. The mission was real.

Oct 11,2012

Hollywood Movies | Drama | Thriller

Ratings: 7 / 10 from

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Length: 120 Minute(s)
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
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nudity A brief nude drawing is seen, a woman bathing with her backside visible, and partial breast nudity seen. Women at the unveiling of "Argo's" script wear tight, revealing sci-fi outfits that show a lot of skin, including some costumes that just barely cover their backsides and breasts. A reference is made to theaters in Iran showing pornography. A reference is made to a man being left "with his dick in his hands."
violence Americans are blindfolded, threatened with guns and shoved around when the embassy is overrun. Months later, a handful of hostages are taken by their captors and led to the basement, their faces covered with bags. They're lined up in a row as their captors point rifles at them. The order is given to shoot. (The guns turn out to be empty.) When Tony and his six Americans meet an Iranian official in a bazaar, their VW bus is jostled and thumped by a crowd of demonstrators. And when an Iranian takes exception to one of the women taking pictures in the bazaar, things get ugly: Locals begin shouting and screaming, and it looks as though the confrontation is just seconds from turning bloody. Indeed, nearly every encounter here has the feel of a tightrope walk, where any false step or errant gust could mean disaster. A Marine warns his nervous comrades that if they shoot one person in the crowd, everyone in the embassy will likely die. (Tear gas launched into a raging crowd has no affect.) We see a man shot in the gut. (The camera's some distance away.) A man hangs dead from a construction crane. Someone runs through what appears to be a puddle of blood. We see news clips of violence and protests; and we catch hand-drawn glimpses of the old shah's cruelty to his people (most notably an illustration of a bloodied man being tortured). Iranians push down and jostle people and shoot doors (trying to open them).
profanity Around 25 uses of "fuck," 7 of "shit," 5 of "hell," 4 of "Goddamn," 4 of "prick" and 1 use each of "Jesus," "Jesus Christ," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "dick," "Oh my God," "My God" and "Mother of God."
alcohol Everyone smokes throughout the movie. This is a reflection of the culture of the early 1980s. Many also drink. Tony drinks quite a lot as well, and although he never appears drunk, he does at one point take a bottle of whiskey to his room.
frightening The film details a hostage situation intimately from multiple perspectives, and is accordingly intense. American and Iranian symbols are repeatedly defiled (including the flag and an image of "Uncle Sam") In America, individuals supposedly of Iranian descent are briefly shown being wrathfully beaten.

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