The film is based on accounts of the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis [wikipedia]. Not based on actual facts of what really happened, but some accounts that are embellished in the movie for theatrical reasons. You know, to make the whole thing more exciting Hollywood style. This included the addition to the film of ‘several fictional events’ for dramatic reasons.
Affleck noted, “Because we say it’s based on a true story, rather than this is a true story, we’re allowed to take some dramatic license. There’s a spirit of truth.
Argo – Official Trailer 1 [HD]
Director: Ben Affleck
Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Adam Arkin
There was also this movie … Iran Hostage Crisis: 444 Days to Freedom (What Really Happened in Iran) (1997) from Canada.
William Shatner narrates a 96-minute documentary chronicling the excruciating experiences endured by 52 American citizens… who gave particularly candid interviews… weaves previously unreleased footage from inside the embassy compound with post-release interviews. –Army Times