A moment in history

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A DRAMATISATION of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran is brought to the big screen in Argo, released on Friday at the Showcase in Bargeddie.

In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans are taken hostage.

However, six manage to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA is eventually ordered to get them out of the country.

With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) devises a daring plan: to create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew.

However, time is running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House have grave doubts about the operation themselves.

The Times & Speaker has two pairs of tickets to the Showcase at Barrbridge Leisure Centre to give away to see any film of your choice.

For your chance to win unscramble this movie star’s name: OJN ARUVEAF

Send your entry including your name, address and telephone number to Cinema Contest (45) at Motherwell Times Series, 29 Hope Street, Motherwell, ML1 1BT, to reach us by Wednesday, November 14.

Week 43 winners: Joan Shaw, Bothwell; Elizabeth Martines, Newarthill.