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When militants seize control of the U.S. embassy in Tehran during the height of the Iranian Revolution, CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) creates a fake Hollywood film production in order to rescue a group of American diplomats who have sought refuge at the home of the Canadian ambassador. As the six members of the embassy staff remain behind closed doors, armed militants conduct thorough searches of local homes, and kill anyone suspected of harboring the Americans. Realizing that it's only a matter of time before the six are identified and taken hostage, Mendez offers a unique - yet potentially dangerous - solution: posing as a Canadian film producer, he will enter into Tehran under the precipice of scouting locations for an upcoming science fiction opus, gather up the refugees, pass them off as his crew at the airport, and fly out of Iran right under the militants' noses. Shortly after touching down in Iran, however, Mendez contends with a few unexpected developments that threaten to erode the bond of trust he needs to establish with the refugees, and expose his deception. Meanwhile, even if they do manage to make it as far as the airport, government bureaucracy threatens to leave them hopelessly stranded in their most desperate hour. Alan Arkin, John Goodman, and Bryan Cranston co-star. Inspired by actual events. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:October 12, 2012

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Reitz Best Sound Mixing 2012 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Kerry Bishe Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Kyle Chandler Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Scoot McNairy Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
Art Directors Guild Sharon Seymour Best Art Direction in a Period Film 2012 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Alan Arkin Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Alan Arkin Best Supporting Actor 2012 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Alan Arkin Best Supporting Actor 2012 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alan Arkin Best Supporting Actor 2012 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Arkin Best Supporting Actor 2012 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Ben Affleck Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ben Affleck Best Director 2012 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ben Affleck Best Director 2012 Winner
Producers Guild of America Ben Affleck Best Producer 2012 Winner
National Board of Review Ben Affleck Special Achievement in Filmmaking 2012 Winner
Directors Guild of America Ben Affleck Best Director 2012 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ben Affleck Best Actor 2012 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Ben Affleck Best Director 2012 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Bryan Cranston Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Clea Duvall Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
Screen Actors Guild John Goodman Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
National Board of Review John Goodman Spotlight Award 2012 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Rory Cochrane Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Victor Garber Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
Producers Guild of America George Clooney Best Producer 2012 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Tate Donovan Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Chris Messina Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts William C. Goldenberg Best Editing 2012 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William C. Goldenberg Best Editing 2012 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association William C. Goldenberg Best Editing 2012 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild William C. Goldenberg Best Edited Feature - Drama 2012 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Chris Terrio Best Screenplay 2012 Winner
Writers Guild of America Chris Terrio Best Adapted Screenplay 2012 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chris Terrio Best Adapted Screenplay 2012 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Chris Terrio Best Adapted Screenplay 2012 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Chris Terrio Best Screenplay 2012 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Christopher Denham Best Ensemble 2012 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Alexandre Desplat Best Original Music 2012 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alexandre Desplat Best Original Score 2012 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alexandre Desplat Best Original Score 2012 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Erik Aadahl Best Sound Editing 2012 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ethan Van der Ryn Best Sound Editing 2012 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Grant Heslov Best Producer 2012 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gregg Rudloff Best Sound Mixing 2012 Nominee

Cast

Ben Affleck
as Tony Mendez
Bryan Cranston
as Jack O'Donnell
Alan Arkin
as Lester Siegel
John Goodman
as John Chambers
Taylor Schilling
as Christine Mendez
Victor Garber
as Ken Taylor
Tate Donovan
as Bob Anders
Clea Duvall
as Cora Lijek
Scoot McNairy
as Joe Stafford
Rory Cochrane
as Lee Schatz
Christopher Denham
as Mark Lijek
Kerry Bishe
as Kathy Stafford
Kyle Chandler
as Hamilton Jordan
Chris Messina
as Malinov
Zeljko Ivanek
as Robert Pender
Titus Welliver
as Bates
Keith Szarabajka
as Adam Engell
Bob Gunton
as Cyrus Vance
Richard Kind
as Max Klein
Richard Dillane
as OSS Officer Nicholls
Omid Abtahi
as Reza Borhani
Page Leong
as Pat Taylor
Karina Logue
as Elizabeth Ann Swift
Bill Tangradi
as Alan B. Golacinski
Jamie McShane
as William J. Daugherty
Matthew Glave
as Col. Charles W. Scott
Victor McCay
as Malick
Bill Kalmenson
as Hal Saunders
Rob Brownstein
as Landon Butler
David Sullivan
as Jon Titterton
Jean Carol
as Jordan's Secretary
John Boyd
as Lamont
Barry Livingston
as David Marmor
Ashley Wood
as Space Lab Nurse
Michael Parks
as Jack Kirby
Adrienne Barbeau
as Nina/Serksi the Galactic Witch
Tom Lenk
as Variety Reporter
Scott Elrod
as Achilles Crux
Billy Blair
as Humanoid Robot
Daston Kalili
as Green Jacket
Joseph S. Griffo
as Nestor the Android
Taies Farzan
as Middle Class Iranian Woman
Rafi Pitts
as Iranian Consulate Official
Bobby Naderi
as Airport Husband
Mehrdad Sarlak
as Immigration Officer
Lindsey Ginter
as Hedley Donovan
Tim Quill
as Alan Sosa
Larry Sullivan
as Engell's Secretary
Fanshen Cox
as White House Operator
Cas Anvar
as Revolutionary Guard
Yan Feldman
as Air Traffic Controller
Hans Tester
as Swissair Pilot
Michael Chieffo
as CIA Archives officer
Fahim Fazli
as Komiteh Subordinate

Crew

Ben Affleck
Director
Grant Heslov
Producer
George Clooney
Producer
Ben Affleck
Producer
Chris Terrio
Screenwriter
Rodrigo Prieto
Cinematographer
Alexandre Desplat
Composer (Music Score)
William C. Goldenberg
Editor
Sharon Seymour
Production Designer
Peter Borck
Art Director
Amy Herman
Co-producer
Chay Carter
Executive Producer
Chris Brigham
Executive Producer
Nina Wolarsky
Executive Producer
Tim Headington
Executive Producer
Graham King
Executive Producer
David Klawans
Executive Producer
Jacqueline West
Costume Designer
Jan Pascale
Set Decorator
Ethan Van der Ryn
Sound/Sound Designer
Erik Aadahl
Sound/Sound Designer
David J. Webb
First Assistant Director
Jose Antonio Garcia
Sound Mixer
Lora Kennedy
Casting
Trish Almeida
Key Hairstylist
Alexandre Desplat
Conductor
Gregg Rudloff
Re-Recording Mixer
Gordon McVay
Set Dresser
John Reitz
Re-Recording Mixer
Sheila Waldron
Script Supervisor
Tina Anderson
Post Production Supervisor
Kate Biscoe
Department Head Makeup
Mike Sexton
Properties Master
Deborah Harman
Set Dresser
Erik Aadahl
Supervising Sound Editor
Ian Calip
Second Assistant Director
Barry McQueary
Special Effects Supervisor
Amy Herman
Unit Production Manager
Chris Baugh
Location Manager
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Second Unit Director
Gregory McMurry
Visual Effects Supervisor
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