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Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
Alan Arkin, Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber, Bryan Cranston.
On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal. There's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped and a mid level agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them.
DVD, region 1, dual-layer format, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital (English 5.1, French 5.1, Spanish 5.1 surround).
Okay, so I wasn't really interested in seeing this movie until it started racking up so many awards but when I finally got a chance to watch it I understood why it had so many awards. I didn't know much about the Islamic Revolution at the time, but that didn't stop me from being engaged! The plot wasn't hard to follow even though I didn't know much about that time period, and it flowed very well. The costumes were spot on and the acting was far from shallow. I also learned a bit more about what happened with the American Embassy in Iran during that time. A minor history lesson! But other than that the movie is great. You feel the suspense and everything.
I thought this one of the best films I've ever seen. Perhaps because I remember the time period and could relate to that part of history. The characters were interesting and believable. I highly recommend this film.
This was just such a different kind of story, and I thought everything about it was well-done. I thought the costuming and sets gave a great sense of the time period along with the little details like ash trays and the old movie sets with only a couple of channels. Ben Affleck's directing on this story was obviously masterful. The attention to detail, the historical context given, the building of the tension and the way it didn’t stop until the very last minute…it was everything movies should be. I learned a lot about the situation, and I’m so glad this story was told and in such a competent way. I loved at the end when they showed not only the real people with their actual photos, but the photographs that were taken at the time of the events along with the movie stills. And the famous commentator at the end! I don’t want to give anything away because that was one of my favorite parts of the movie, but I’ll just say that everything about this movie was just as it should be.
This movie was well made. It seems true to the period. You get a real feel, with use of archive footage and soundtrack, for that period in history. I have a feeling the facts may have been embellished to make a better movie. Is that wrong? I don't know. I do know this is a good movie that kept me tense until the end. I just don't agree that this deserves the Oscar for best picture. Grade B+