Originally Posted by bruce goose
Is 'Argo' basically a remake of 'Jason & the Argonauts'?
Argo does refer to Jason's boat (aka the boat that sailed into impossible odds)... However, it's a semi historical telling of a plot to evacuate six employees of the American Embassy in Iran that escaped to the Canadian Ambassadors residence at the time of the embassy siege in the 1970's
At the time the evacuation was announced as a Canadian initiative, but after declassification it was revealed in a memoirs that in fact a CIA operative hatched a plan to pass off the six escapees as part of a Hollywood production team wanting to scout Tehran as a location to make a Sci-Fi film called Argo, and as such walk them through interrogation at the airport, right under the noses of the Iranian Secret Service and fly them home.
It's a good film, but not perhaps the best of the year...