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Trailer for Ben Affleck's Argo brings some retro spy thrills

May. 8, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Actor/Director Ben Affleck is back in the game with the first trailer for his new film, ARGO, a 70's set film based on actual events that took place during the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis.  The pic co-stars Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Michael Parks, Rory Cochrane, Tate Donovan, and Clea Duvall.

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Here's a breakdown of the story:

Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA “exfiltration” expert who is under pressure to devise a way to help six American’s in hiding to escape the country.  His plan was to create an entirely fake Hollywood production company, working with well-known industry professionals to concoct the plan, even hiring Oscar winning make-up artist John Chambers (Planet of the Apes) to assist.  Utilizing an actual science fiction project called “Lord of Light,” which eventually fell through due to funding, Mendez “greenlit” the project as a CIA front to rescue the hostages, who would be posing as members of the crew scouting locations in Iran. 

After THE TOWN I definitely perked up to Affleck as a director.  He showed true skill and a deft hand at story and character, so I'm interested to see if he continues the trend.  It's actually kind of cool that he turned to making his own movies after getting shafted into some pretty crappy roles throughout the years.  So, the guy just decided to make his own.  I have to respect that, especially since he's done so well (thus far).

ARGO hits theaters on October 12, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: What's your favorite Affleck film? I really enjoyed his performance in Changing Lanes and his most recent turn in The Town was pretty solid as well.
Source: The Film Stage

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7:02AM on 05/10/2012
I like the story but I worry about any overtones of propaganda considering that the war drums are already being beaten for an invasion into Iran.
I like the story but I worry about any overtones of propaganda considering that the war drums are already being beaten for an invasion into Iran.
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11:14PM on 05/08/2012

Kyle Chandler!

sold.
sold.
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9:28PM on 05/08/2012
What a fucking great cast.
What a fucking great cast.
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6:00PM on 05/08/2012

Fav Affleck Flick

Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back or Mallrats. I pretty much like just about anything he's in, but his roles in these movies just kill me.
Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back or Mallrats. I pretty much like just about anything he's in, but his roles in these movies just kill me.
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6:01PM on 05/08/2012
Oh damn, I take it all back...one word, DOGMA!
Oh damn, I take it all back...one word, DOGMA!
6:03PM on 05/08/2012
This looks pretty good too....although unfortunately I have yet to see The Town...
This looks pretty good too....although unfortunately I have yet to see The Town...
4:30PM on 05/08/2012
Finally a best picture nom for Ben Affleck
Finally a best picture nom for Ben Affleck
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4:25PM on 05/08/2012
Why do people talk about Ben Affleck's directing career with such admiration? Gone Baby Gone, a solid movie, but it didn't really bring anything new to the table. The Town? Highly over-rated. There's a reason it got mostly snubbed during awards season. The movie was trying waaaay to hard. I'll check this out, but I won't be surprised if the whole film is basically Ben screaming "Give me an Oscar! Please! Oh God Please!"
Why do people talk about Ben Affleck's directing career with such admiration? Gone Baby Gone, a solid movie, but it didn't really bring anything new to the table. The Town? Highly over-rated. There's a reason it got mostly snubbed during awards season. The movie was trying waaaay to hard. I'll check this out, but I won't be surprised if the whole film is basically Ben screaming "Give me an Oscar! Please! Oh God Please!"
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12:07AM on 05/09/2012
I think the mistake you are making is criticizing his directing ability by pointing out your perceived flaws in the writing. Not the same thing. Look at how those two pics were shot and how the scenes play out. Not the lines.
I think the mistake you are making is criticizing his directing ability by pointing out your perceived flaws in the writing. Not the same thing. Look at how those two pics were shot and how the scenes play out. Not the lines.
2:21PM on 05/08/2012
That trailer hit every one of my movie-loving erogenous zones.
That trailer hit every one of my movie-loving erogenous zones.
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1:55PM on 05/08/2012
Looks very awesome! Another film on my must see list.
Looks very awesome! Another film on my must see list.
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1:28PM on 05/08/2012
this looks like a great movie, im all over this now...
this looks like a great movie, im all over this now...
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1:14PM on 05/08/2012
Who knew Affleck would become such a great director, I thought the town was an awesome movie.
Who knew Affleck would become such a great director, I thought the town was an awesome movie.
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1:05PM on 05/08/2012

Ben Affleck for SPLINTER CELL..

That pictures makes me think that Ben Affleck would be perfect for SAM FISHER's role for Splinter Cell..he is young enough and he's old enough!!!
That pictures makes me think that Ben Affleck would be perfect for SAM FISHER's role for Splinter Cell..he is young enough and he's old enough!!!
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1:00PM on 05/08/2012
Also, Lord of Light? The night is dark and full of terrors?
Also, Lord of Light? The night is dark and full of terrors?
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12:59PM on 05/08/2012
Awesome, I'm sold. Mr White!
Awesome, I'm sold. Mr White!
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12:16PM on 05/08/2012

This was a True Story?

I remember studying the Iran Hostage crisis in high school, but my teachers never mentioned anything about Canadian film crew. Why are they not teaching about this, this is awesome. Another win for Affleck (thats weird to say out loud)
I remember studying the Iran Hostage crisis in high school, but my teachers never mentioned anything about Canadian film crew. Why are they not teaching about this, this is awesome. Another win for Affleck (thats weird to say out loud)
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2:20PM on 05/08/2012
Because for a long time, it was considered a Canadian achievement. Only recently was the operation declassified and the CIA's role officially came to light.
Because for a long time, it was considered a Canadian achievement. Only recently was the operation declassified and the CIA's role officially came to light.
12:15PM on 05/08/2012
Why are people saying that he has really proven himself as a director? He's only directed 2 movies? Gone Baby Gone being his best, The Town was good but I think it would have better with a different lead. But I can think of a lot of directors that have made more than 2 good films and don't receive the same sort of high praise. I think it's because we all want to see Ben succeed.
Why are people saying that he has really proven himself as a director? He's only directed 2 movies? Gone Baby Gone being his best, The Town was good but I think it would have better with a different lead. But I can think of a lot of directors that have made more than 2 good films and don't receive the same sort of high praise. I think it's because we all want to see Ben succeed.
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3:12PM on 05/08/2012
I also think it becuase no one was expecting him to succeed. On my part I had lost any respect for him becaue of his horrible acting and films but had to do a 180 in my opinion since "Gone Baby Gone" was great.
I also think it becuase no one was expecting him to succeed. On my part I had lost any respect for him becaue of his horrible acting and films but had to do a 180 in my opinion since "Gone Baby Gone" was great.
12:09AM on 05/09/2012
As i said above, I think the mistake you are making is criticizing his directing ability by pointing out your perceived flaws in the writing. Not the same thing. Look at how those two pics were shot and how the scenes play out. Not the lines or the casting.
As i said above, I think the mistake you are making is criticizing his directing ability by pointing out your perceived flaws in the writing. Not the same thing. Look at how those two pics were shot and how the scenes play out. Not the lines or the casting.
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11:59AM on 05/08/2012

Looks really great

You can say what you want about Affleck acting career but his track record as a director is amazing. This looks really promising with a really great cast and an interesting story.
You can say what you want about Affleck acting career but his track record as a director is amazing. This looks really promising with a really great cast and an interesting story.
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11:56AM on 05/08/2012

Oct.12 = 3-0 for Affleck.

Looks like another winner. Can't wait to see it.
Looks like another winner. Can't wait to see it.
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11:35AM on 05/08/2012

Affleck the Director > Affleck the Actor

Affleck has proven himself to be talented and possibly the true visionary behind Good Will Hunting. He seems to get better and better. And this, this just looks superb. It's like Tailor, Tinker, Soldier, Spy meets Munich.
Affleck has proven himself to be talented and possibly the true visionary behind Good Will Hunting. He seems to get better and better. And this, this just looks superb. It's like Tailor, Tinker, Soldier, Spy meets Munich.
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11:34AM on 05/08/2012
Only once in a while do we get amazing story telling films like this. I can see now why the Oscar buzz is huge. Can't wait!

Oh yeah and CANADA FTW!!
Only once in a while do we get amazing story telling films like this. I can see now why the Oscar buzz is huge. Can't wait!

Oh yeah and CANADA FTW!!
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11:19AM on 05/08/2012

Lords of light!

#thundarr
#thundarr
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11:13AM on 05/08/2012
Okay, now this movie is definitely in my most-anticipated list.

I think "The Town" is my favorite Affleck movie, both as director and star. He just really played to his strengths there and made a taut, old-fashioned crime movie.
Okay, now this movie is definitely in my most-anticipated list.

I think "The Town" is my favorite Affleck movie, both as director and star. He just really played to his strengths there and made a taut, old-fashioned crime movie.
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11:10AM on 05/08/2012

Wow!

Just when I thought he couldn't do any better than The Town...this looks amazing and could be the best movie of the year. I hope its remembered at awards time...kinda has a Munich vibe to it as well. Which imo was a very underrated and one of Senor Speilbergo's very best ever.
Just when I thought he couldn't do any better than The Town...this looks amazing and could be the best movie of the year. I hope its remembered at awards time...kinda has a Munich vibe to it as well. Which imo was a very underrated and one of Senor Speilbergo's very best ever.
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