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, who also directed the film) 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.
Winner of three Academy Awards ("Best Picture," "Best Adapted Screenplay" and "Best Film Editing"), two Golden Globe Awards ("Best Picture-Drama" and "Best Director"), three British Academy Film Awards ("Best Film," "Best Director" and "Best Editing"), as well as winning the award of "Outstanding Performance by a Cast" at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.