Just saw Argo. Let’s talk Argo.
Let’s review what the all powerful Wikipedia can tell us about the events talked about in this film, otherwise known as The Canadian Caper (this is going to be important.) Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_caper
Basic summary: 1979, a huge amount of protesters in Iran swarm a US embassy, a small group of Americans escaped becoming part of the Iran Hostage Crisis. Some of these people were captured, but the others tried to make their way to the British Embassy, as they were told to do. They were blocked from continuing by more protesters. The Americans then spent a couple nights hopping from house to house until they were taken in by a Canadian immigration officer and the Canadian ambassador Taylor. The ambassador then initiated the operation that is the focus of the film, calling the Canadian sec. of state and the Canadian PM, who all decided to take the Americans out by creating fake Canadian identities for them. The CIA was contacted to help, creating fake visas to Iran.
The CIA then contacted Mendez (main character of the film) to help set up the cover. Materials needed were sent via the Canadian government, who worked closely with the CIA on this operation. Mendez helped the Americans get out via plane.
This is a bit different then what occurs in the film. The CIA seems to cook up the entire plan on their own. The Canadians don’t really seem to do anything other than the initial hiding of Americans, and.. well, the Americans pretend to be Canadians, so I guess our northern friends graciously contributed their identity. W/o background knowledge on the original event, one could be forgiven for wondering why Americans were so pleased with Canada by the end of the film.
The film also states that the Americans were turned away from the British embassy, as well as the embassy of New Zealand, when in fact the original plan was to go to the British embassy.
PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG, as I just read up on the events, but effectively Argo cuts out most contributions from other countries in this event to make America the Big Damn Hero. (Carter himself said “90% of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian. And the movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA. And with that exception, the movie is very good. But Ben Affleck’s character in the film was… only in Tehran a day and a half. And the main hero, in my opinion, was Ken Taylor, who was the Canadian ambassador who orchestrated the entire process.”)
Not that it’s a bad film - it’s a pretty excellent film. This knowledge does change the connotations in one of the final scenes, though:
"Did you see what the Canadians did? Why can’t we do something like that?"…"Argofuckyourself!"
Yes. How silly - this woman actually believes the Canadians could pull something like this off!