AFI Movie of the Year
Seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin), Editing and Music/Original Score.
"It's serious and substantive, an ingeniously written and executed drama fashioned from a fascinating, little-known chapter of recent history." – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it's just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them. Mendez's plan is to pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his "film" crew. With Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan and Clea DuVall.
DIR/PROD Ben Affleck; SCR Chris Terrio; PROD George Clooney, Grant Heslov. US, 2012, color, 120 min. RATED R