Argo Fudge Yourself

In the late seventies, six Americans were freed from the country of Iran through the fake production of a movie called Argo. With the help of Canadian Ambassador, Ken Taylor, and the hero, which is also the main character Tony Mendez, the Americans make it safely out of Iran. The Oscar winning movie, also called Argo, which is loosely based on the historical event, is somewhat false. The part of the movie that gets the most critique is the nerve-wrenching climax which makes some audience members end up in tears, including myself.

In the heart-stopping climax of the movie, the Americans barely make it. First, the American government has to approve the purchase of the plane tickets for the Americans to safely get out of Iran. When Tony Mendez first walks up to the counter to ask about their tickets he is denied. In that same moment the plan tickets just so happen to be approved, allowing the Americans to enter. Originally, the American government stopped the rescue plan because of it being so risky. However, at the last minute, the main character decides to go through with the plan and discreetly contacts the American government, forcing them to approve the tickets. But the suspense is not over…

As they go through the airport, the group is stopped by security guards because Iran is currently on the lookout for the six missing Americans. One man in the group decides to speak Farsi to the guards in order to explain the movie’s plot and what they were doing in Iran. After his explanation, one of the security guards decides to call the director’s number in which the director of the movie reaches in the nick of time. As the director answers, the security guard is about to hang up. Once the security guards are sure that the movie is real, the Americans are set free to get on the plane. However, the audience is relieved for only a second…

Finally, the Americans are settling themselves in and the plane is getting ready for takeoff. Little do they know that the shredded elements of their pictures, from the American embassy, of their faces are pieced together at that exact moment. When the Iranians figure out who the American escapees are, they automatically call the airport. The security guards break their way through the gate, jump in a military vehicle and chase down the airplane. Just as they reach the plane, the plane takes off into the sky. One of the Americans notices the security guards and starts to silently panic, but the Americans safely make it across the border where they get up and celebrate.

Did all of this really happen? No, it did not. In fact the whole ordeal in the airport went down quite smoothly. Although the climax of the movie is completely stressful and rewarding, it is only made up for mere entertainment. The part of this climax that is factual is that the Iranians forced women and children to put together the shredded pictures of the Americans. However, they never finished the pictures in time to actually capture them.

Another factor to the movie that is comedic and is, yet again, portrayed wrongly in the movie is the title, Argo. An ongoing catchphrase that is used between the director and Mendez is, “Argo (derogatory word that sounds like fudge) yourself.” In reality, Mendez came up with this title based on his favorite knock-knock joke which goes like this: “Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Argo.” “Argo who?” “Argo…” you get the picture. Thanks to this joke the name Argo is now famous and Tony Mendez is finally seen as a public hero.

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