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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 120m 11s

Release date 07/11/2012

BBFCInsight Contains strong language

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Ben Affleck

Cast includes Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, Tate Donovan, Kerry Bishé

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 28/10/2012

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

ARGO is a political drama about the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. It was classified '15' for strong language.

The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent'. There are around 25 uses of strong language and the film is therefore more appropriately classified at '15' where the Guidelines state 'There may be frequent use of strong language'.

ARGO also features some moderate violence, including sight of rioting, a man being beaten in the street, and a lynched corpse hanging from a crane. The image of the man hanging from a crane is also shown during the end credits, side by side with the real life image which inspired it. However, the body is shown from a distance and without detail.


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