Ben Affleck (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A true story that involves the CIA, Hollywood and the anti-American regime of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini shouldn't be as seamless as this gripping, beautifully performed and often very funny but dramatic thriller. The year is 1979 and the US embassy in Tehran has been stormed, with many of its workers taken hostage. However, six have fled, and are being secretly sheltered by the Canadian ambassador (Victor Garber), but time is running out. The CIA has exhausted every avenue, including a feeble plan to whisk them out on bicycles, so when "exfiltration" expert Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) suggests disguising them as a film crew and scouting locations for a Star Wars rip-off, it seems as good an idea as any. Alan Arkin and John Goodman are superb as the operation's jaded Tinseltown connections in a terrific story that deftly offsets tension with comedy. The excellent screenplay also examines the nature of storytelling and resolves the conflict, for once, with coolness and clarity.


Six Americans escape the seizure of the embassy in Tehran as the 1979 Iranian revolution erupts, but remain fugitives within the country. A CIA operative hatches an audacious plan to arrange for a fake movie to be filmed in the country, using the shoot as cover for a rescue mission. Oscar-winning fact-based drama, directed by and starring Ben Affleck. With Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.

Cast & Crew

Tony Mendez Ben Affleck
Lester Siegel Alan Arkin
John Chambers John Goodman
Jack O'Donnell Bryan Cranston
Ken Taylor Victor Garber
Bob Anders Tate Donovan
Joe Stafford Scoot McNairy
Cora Lijek Clea DuVall
Lee Schatz Rory Cochrane
Mark Lijek Christopher Denham
Kathy Stafford Kerry Bishé
Malinov Chris Messina
Hamilton Jordan Kyle Chandler
Nina Adrienne Barbeau
Robert Pender Zeljko Ivanek
Jon Bates Titus Welliver
Cyrus Vance Bob Gunton
Jack Kirby Michael Parks
Director Ben Affleck
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Entertainment UK LtdGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Nov 2012