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Argo Movie Quotes

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"Argo" movie quotes capture the dialogue of the 2012 political thriller based on the true story of a daring hostage rescue of six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. The film, starring, directed and produced by Ben Affleck, received critical acclaim after it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 31, 2012, and went on to receive seven Academy Award nominations including for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Following the true story behind "Argo," in the film six Americans escape as militants take over the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, and find sanctuary in the home of the Canadian Ambassador. Due to the Iranian Revolution, it's arguably unsafe for these Americans to simply walk out of this refuge to travel home which creates a very difficult situation for the CIA, which is under pressure from the White House to bring them back safely. The CIA brainstorms several ideas on how to accomplish that but each are worse than the next.

That is until Tony Mendez (Affleck) comes up with the idea to fake a movie shoot in Tehran and extract the Americans by claiming they are all part of the Canadian film crew. The plan requires the utmost attention to detail and cooperation of many in the entertainment industry but is eventually approved as the best way to save these Americans. Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Tate Donovan and many more co-star in this drama film co-produced by George Clooney.

For other popular movies in late 2012, check out "End of Watch, "Dredd 3D," "Lawless," "Resident Evil: Retribution," "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," "Trouble with the Curve," "The Master," "The Words," and "The Inbetweeners."

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    They're a Canadian Film Crew

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    Tony Mendez: "I got an idea. They're a Canadian film crew for a science-fiction movie. I fly into Tehran, we all fly out together as film crew."

    Having doubts over the other plans presented, Tony Mendez comes up with a fat-fetched but possibly brilliant cover story to help extract the six American hostages from Iran. He thinks they should claim the hostages are actually film crew members and hope they can successfully leave the country without suspicion.
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    A Fake Hit

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    John Chambers: "How about 'The Horses of Achilles?'"
    Lester Siegel: "No good, nobody does Westerns anymore."
    John Chambers: "It's Ancient Troy"
    Lester Siegel: "If it's got horses in it, it's a Western."
    John Chambers: [on phone] "Hey, Kenny please. Yeah, it's John Chambers about the officer space." [to Lester] "It doesn't matter, it's a fake movie."
    Lester Siegel: "If I'm doing a fake movie, it's going to be a fake hit."
    John Chambers: [on phone] "Hey is A006 still on the open list? Yeah, I'll hold."
    Tony Mendez: "Fade in on a starship landing, an exotic Middle Eastern vibe. Women gather offering exotic libations to the sky gods. Argo, a science fantasy adventure."
    Lester Siegel: "It's a turnaround."
    John Chambers: "Can we get the option?"
    Tony Mendez: "Why do we need the option?"
    Lester Siegel: "You're worried about the Ayatollah? Try the WGA."

    In another planning meeting for their fake movie, John, Tony and Lester read through scripts in search of something that will fit their plan. While John and Lester argue about Westerns, Tony thinks he has found 'the one' when he stumbles upon "Argo," a science fantasy adventure movie.
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    Somebody Who's a Somebody

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    John Chambers: "Well this one's got an M.A. in English. She should be your screenwriter. Sometimes they go along on scouts cause they want the free meals. Here's your director."
    Tony Mendez: "You can teach somebody to be a director in a day?"
    John Chambers: "You can teach a recess monkey to be a director in a day. Look, if you're going to do this, you gotta do it. The Kominiacs are fruit loops but they got cousins who sell prayer rugs and 8-tracks on Le Brea. You can't book cover stories about a movie that doesn't exist. You need a script. You need a producer."
    Tony Mendez: "Make me a producer."
    John Chambers: "No, you're an associate producer at best. You're going to do a $20 million dollar 'Star Wars' rip-off, you need somebody who's a somebody to put their name on it, somebody respectable... with credits... who you can trust with classified information... who will produce a fake movie... for free."

    As Tony continues to get everything in order to make this fake movie appear as the real deal, he meets with John Chambers to line up additional executives. Chambers stresses that if he really wants this to work then they'll need someone big in the movie business, but someone also trustworthy and willing to work for free, which weeds about nearly everyone.
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    Better Odds

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    Lester Siegel: "Okay, you got six people hiding out in a town of what, four million, all of whom chant 'death to America' all the live long day. You want to set up a movie in a week. You want to lie to Hollywood, a town where everybody lies for a living, then you get to sneak Double 07 over here into a country that wants CIA blood in their breakfast cereal then you're going to walk the Brady Bunch out of the most-watched city in the world?"
    Tony Mendez: "Plus about 100 militia at the airport, that's right."
    Lester Siegel: "Right... Look, I gotta tell you, we did suicide missions in the Army that had better odds than this."

    As if Tony was not aware exactly how fat-fetched of an idea this movie concept is, Lester Siegel lays out all of the odds against them. In Lester's opinion, suicide missions had better odds than this.
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