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    One of the best movies we've seen this year. Well cast, and a welcome reminder of when Americans were joined in support of a common cause. Ben Affleck did a great job of NOT being Ben Affleck in this role. I wish Tom Cruise would take lessons!

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    Argo - Rotten Tomatoes

    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 (Ben 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. -- (C) Warner Bros.
    Was surprised that it was rated R because there really was no sex, bloody violence or F or S bombs. There was a lot of smoking and drinking. I wonder if that is why Americans are so fat now? They eat instead of smoke. Anyway outside of seeing a hanged man there is no violence. There is the threat of violence through out the movie and you really feel it perhaps because so many of us viewing the film grew up watching it on TV and we still see everyday on TV and the internet. The theater was packed mostly an older audience but very respectful. At the very end watch the beginning of the credits they show side by side photos of the actors playing the escapees and photos of the actual escapees. There were photos of the burning of the American flag both as it happened and the recreation. Everyone in the audience just stopped and watched that part it was riveting. There was also a little note of what happened to some of the folks after the incident and a bit where President Carter speaks. It was an excellent movie but it would be hard to give it a grade because I was immersed into feeling what was happening on the screen and knowing it was very real it is hard to put in in the realm of entertainment.
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    Hands down best movie of the year that I've seen. Wow I cannot believe Ben Affleck has turned into such a fine director. Really wonderful film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearcata View Post
    Was surprised that it was rated R because there really was no sex, bloody violence or F or S bombs.
    . . . no . . . F . . . bombs? You must have been watching a different version than the one I saw. The beginning was full of them, and there was the iconic phrase repeated throughout (Alan Arkin's response to the waitress . . . "Argo_____").

    I normally don't like the use of the F bomb, but given the context throughout, it didn't bother me too much during this movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZChristian View Post
    . . . no . . . F . . . bombs? You must have been watching a different version than the one I saw. The beginning was full of them, and there was the iconic phrase repeated throughout (Alan Arkin's response to the waitress . . . "Argo_____").

    I normally don't like the use of the F bomb, but given the context throughout, it didn't bother me too much during this movie.
    In so many films the writers just sprinkle F*** you and MotherF***er over the entire movie and really don't add anything to the story. To me the phrase "Argo F*** yourself" was integral to the film and was probably really used that I didn't even think of it as an unnecessary F bomb that normally litters films these days.
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    I saw Argo yesterday afternoon and agree it is one of the best movies of the year. I read the original article that inspired the screenplay, and while certain creative licenses were taken with the get-away and the Canadian angle down-played a little more than I would have liked, it still was a great capture of the time. I was just under eight by the time the hostages were released when Reagan took office, but as a kid, every night we'd watch the national news when we ate dinner so I remember the news footage and the yellow ribbons.

    The audience I saw it with skewed older, but I can't say they all were respectful. We had to sit in the front row because one of my friends had a sprain and isn't so hot with the crutches on steps. In the first row alone--which is all I could see--three separate, old enough to know better people played on their cell phones during the opening. The opening is VERY key to set up the historical context so it was super-distracting. And there was a guy in the front row who talked to the screen throughout the movie. Hell, I saw Sinister this morning and NO ONE shouted at the screen (though there were about 5 times at least you wanted to say, "Turn the damn lights on!") and the audience was far younger.

    But still take the risk of bad movie-goers and see this one. Affleck has clearly shed his Bennifer-era curse.
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    I am going to go see this movie this week sometime. I was 17 at the time, and my 18 year old friend was in Las Vegas with his family. He said people were buying them drinks, dinner, taking their money at par (our dollar was at about .85 at the time) and patting them on the backs when they found out they were Canadian. I remember it was a great relief for both countries at the time and Canadians were happy to help our brothers to the south
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    I'm very eager to see this one. Unlike many, I've liked a lot of Ben Affleck's work as an actor, though not all of him film choices. It's got a great cast with some of my favorite older actors, Alan Arkin, Victor Garger, Zeljko Ivanek, for example.
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    My interest was peaked a week or two ago when 60 minutes ran a piece on the movie and interviewed Tony Mendez. Even though I was in my late twenties at the time, all I remember about this part of the incident is the Canadian involvement in shielding the Americans and then getting them out of the country. It will be fascinating to see how it really went down as a covert CIA operation. Unfortunately, once again I'll have to wait for the DVD as movie theaters and their prices are out of my comfort zone.
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    Thanks for the reviews. Plan to see this soon!

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