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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The story behind ‘Argo’

Ben Affleck’s fine thriller “Argo” arrives in theaters Friday — and it has the skill of his two previous movies (“Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town”), combined with a whopper of a true story. As you’ve no doubt heard from the nonstop promotion this movie’s getting, it’s set during the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, and details a daring CIA plan to rescue the six Americans hiding at the Canadian ambassador’s residence by giving them new identities — as the crew of a fictitious Hollywood movie. It’s definitely one of those stranger-than-fiction stories . . . and, from what I’m reading, it’s mostly true. Here’s some background from the Hollywood Reporter, about a movie named “Argo” that was briefly the talk of Hollywood.

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