Pepper Phillips goes to the movies: ARGO

First let me say that I’m a screenwriter as well as a novelist.  My book ‘Unconditionally’ was written as a screenplay and adapted as a novel.  But enough about me.


Based on true events, six Americans managed to escape the American Embassy during the Iran Hostage crisis and were taken in by the Canadian Ambassador at his home.

You can read more about the events surrounding the picture at:  ARGO the official website of the movie.

The State Department wanted the Americans to bicycle out.  Three hundred miles of enemy terrain…on a freaking bike.  I don’t think so.  Neither did the CIA guy.  He thought outside the box and came up with the idea of a movie crew.

Getting volunteers to help out, to do the mission correctly so that it wouldn’t be found out to be fake was brilliant.  It also showed the steps that moviemakers need to do to get a project off the ground.

What impressed me the most was the terror I felt when the six went to the market, supposedly as a film crew checking out possible sites for the film.  It’s hard to imagine the hate that others have for Americans. True hatred.  

I don’t want to give any spoilers, so check out their website for more details and gorgeous photos,  Though I didn’t see the one with Ben Affleck putting on his shirt.  I’d have saved that as a screen saver, bad me.

This is one movie that deserves the big screen.  

BUT, be sure and stay for the credits.  They show you the picture of the actor and the real person he played.  I enjoyed seeing that.

Kudos to the men in Hollywood who helped with this impossible mission, Lester Siegel and John Chambers.

Thanks to the Canadian Ambassador who opened his doors when several others closed theirs, Kenneth D. Taylor.

This movie was inspiring.  The men involved ever more so.  Go see it!

2 Comments on “Pepper Phillips goes to the movies: ARGO”

  1. Brit says:

    Your story sounds incredible, but something I shouldn’t read until my son finishes his post at the American Embassy in Pakistan. His wife and children weren’t allowed to go, so my daughter-in-law is still working at the Embassy in Indonesia. I’ve been cringing all day because of the news that the State Department dropped the ball in Libya.

    • Brit, ARGO gives you hope that even the worst thing in the world can be corrected. That there are people out there who care and will put their life on the line to do the right thing. We need more people like that.

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