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Argo (DVD)

Oscar® winner Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting, The Town) directs and stars in this real-life political intelligence dramedy based on a true story. Produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures (Ides of March), this hostage rescue picture follows CIA "exfiltration" operative and master of disguise Tony Mendez (Affleck), who sets out to rescue a handful of American diplomats hiding out in 1979 Tehran. Pretending to be a film location scouting crew, Mendez and a motley crew of Hollywood artists, escape artists and con-artists smuggle the six embassy workers to safety in a daring rescue. With a supporting cast that includes Oscar® winner Alan Arkin, Golden Globe winner John Goodman and Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston, Affleck's political satire represents an "escape" into a real-world caper.

Review Gifted, intelligent and full of cogent ideas, Mr. Affleck can almost always be depended on to come up with something fascinating, coherent and thoroughly cinematic. Argo, his third feature film as a director after Gone Baby Gone (2007) and The Town (2010), is no exception. It grabbed me by the lapels and held my attention for two solid hours without a side-ward glance, and I can't wait to see it again. You have to see it twice if you want to absorb the myriad pieces of a jigsaw too fantastic to accept as fact, although we know going in that the recently declassified records of an amazing history lesson prove otherwise. This movie is not only true, but unbelievably true. --Rex Reed, New York Observer Argo is movie magic. Ben Affleck's third directorial outing is an entertaining, real-life, race-the-clock thriller that nabs you at the start and never makes a wrong move. --Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News A marvel of cunning, an irresistible blend of cool realism and Hollywood hokum. --David Edelstein, New York Magazine About the Actor Ben Affleck was born on August 15, 1972, in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Affleck has starred in the box office hits Changing Lanes (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), and Daredevil (2003). He is also known for directing the thriller Gone Baby Gone (2007), The Town (2010) and Argo (2012), the latter of which won an Academy Award for Best Picture (Affleck was also one of the film's producers). Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer. His roles include: Wait Until Dark (1967), Jakob the Liar (1999), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Argo (2012). Bryan Lee Cranston is an American actor, voice actor, writer and director. He is perhaps best-known for his roles as 'Walter White'; on the AMC drama series, Breaking Bad (2008), Malcolm in the Middle (2000), Seinfeld (1989), Argo (2012) and The King of Queens (1998).