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A Twist in The Tehran ’79 Hostage Crisis

October 2012 sees the release of ARGO (Warner Bros) directed by Ben Affleck (pictured in his 70s suit) and produced by George Clooney. Based on an amazing true story of the Canadian Caper, Argo claims to takes you to the heart of the hostage crisis in Tehran 1979-1980, via the story of six Americans living in the country at the time who escaped. In ’79 Iranian militants stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. Six others manage to hide out in the home of the Canadian ambassador. The official synopsis:

“Knowing it is only a matter of time before the six are found out and likely killed, a CIA “exfiltration” specialist named Tony Mendez (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.”

Original poster for the fictitious movie Argo made by the CIA as part of the Canadian Caper.

This dramatic thriller works as a laugh out loud comedy, it seems. Composer Sussan Deyhim, who worked on the soundtrack with composer Alexandre Desplat, says:

It’s a true story told with great insight and, believe-it-or-not, humor.

On top of that, for decades the unbelievable plot at the center of the film, historically known as The Canadian Caper, was classified by the Canadian and American governments. Hollywood assisted the mission to help the US citizens leave the country. To persuade the Iranians that the six Americans stuck in Iran were actually Canadian filmmakers hunting locations for “a $20 million Star Wars rip-off,” they sent in the character played by bearded Affleck to make the plot seem real….

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