The year is 1979. Iran is in turmoil because the United States is holding their fallen leader. The people want him back to their country so they can punish him for his past actions. But the US won’t budge. So in protest, the militants storm the US embassy in Tehran.
As the crowd gathers at the embassy’s gate, the diplomats inside become anxious. And when the crowd goes louder, wilder, and more violent, the Americans know it’s time to take action. Quickly, they start incinerating top-secret records and important documents. From one document to the other, the officers pile as much as they can. But the incinerator stops working, and the militants have already entered the building.
Some Americans are caught, but 6 of them manage to escape and seek shelter at the house of a Canadian ambassador.
Back in the United States, Tony Mendez and the CIA work day and night to find the best way to extract the diplomats. But all the options are not without dangerous risks and consequences. And just when everyone thinks all hopes are gone, Tony comes up with a brilliant idea.
One night, he calls up his son and learns he’s watching Planet of the Apes. Inspired by this sci-fi movie, Tony starts crafting a fake movie which they plan on filming in Iran.
Through the help of Hollywood make-up artist, John Chambers, and Lester Siegel, a film producer, they develop and execute Argo.