Argo

Argo (2012)

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Directed by: Ben Affleck

Starring: Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Question: When trying to find a way to rescue the hostages, why pose as a film crew? Why not as a bunch of tourists?

Answer: A film crew is more credible than a group of tourists being involved in this type of activity. Tourists' behavior would be more limited and subject to being noticed by authorities if they acted in a unusual manner. A film crew would have access to more out-of-the-way locations, and if they acted suspiciously, could pass it off as it being part of making a movie.

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Factual error: In the scene where the Swissair 747 is taking off from Tehran the police cars keep up with the plane until it lifts off. Takeoff speed for a 747 is about 160 mph so the police cars would have been far behind by then. (01:41:40)

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Trivia: In 2013, this became the first film since 1989's Driving Miss Daisy to win the Academy Award for Best Picture without also earning a Best Director nomination.

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