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ARGO (2012)****
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(focus on hostage-rescue drama)

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Contains 11 movie quotes & 25 Academic Words (AWL*).
After the 1979 revolution in Iran, six American Embassy workers are trapped inside the home of the Canadian Ambassador.  This true-life drama, directed by Ben Affleck (Academy Award: Best Motion Picture) shows how his character, Tony Mendez is able to help the Americans escape by pretending they are going to film a Hollywood movie in Iran.  To make it seem real, Mendez gets the help of Hollywood make-up artist, John Chambers (John Goodman), and film producer, Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin).  The plan is so crazy that  the U.S. government and the Americans in hiding don't trust it.  Meanwhile, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is begins to learn the truth.  The clock is ticking as Mendez tries to get the Americans out of Tehran before it's to late.  Rated R (120 min.) mike laib 2013.

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3. Estimate how you'll use available time for both watching and discussing the movie.
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