Thinking Aloud: Argo, the Movie

Dec. 26, 2012 by Darius

I just saw Argo.  It’s an excellent movie; I give it two thumbs up.

Argo is based on the true story of the “exfiltration” of six Americans from Iran in the aftermath of the 1979 storming of the US Embassy.  As the US Embassy was being stormed, six Americans escaped into the street and were not captured with the rest of the embassy staff.  The six made their way to the Canadian ambassador’s residence, where they hid for several months.  But they couldn’t stay forever:  a book containing the names and faces of every American in the embassy was being reconstructed by the Iranians (it had been originally shredded); when it was finished, the Iranians would realize they were six Americans short and know what they looked like.  So the Canadian government, with help from the CIA and the British and New Zealand governments, staged a daring plan to get the six out of Iran by having them pose as part of a film crew for a fake scifi movie.  The plan worked brilliantly and made for a really great movie.

BTW, thank you, Canada!

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