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Argo, Movie, 2012 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • Operation Argo (Denmark)
  • Epiheirisi: Argo (Greece)
  • Operasjon Argo (Norway)
  • Operacja Argo (Poland)
  • Operasyon: Argo (Turkey)
  • Арго (Ukraine)

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IRT_BMT_IND CA

2012-07-13 01:11

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Upcoming film about the 1979-1981 Iran Hostage Crisis, directed by Ben Affleck. Shot in Turkey standing in for Iran (They obviously would not be able to shoot there).

Ddey65 US

2012-07-13 07:05

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Similar made-for-TV movie from 1981:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082339/combined

Gag Halfrunt UK

2012-07-13 16:51

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I wonder if the producers managed to find any Paykans or other [Rootes] [Arrow] models. :)

dsl SX

2012-07-13 18:08

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They found loads but cl82 took out a court order preventing them being shown.

cl82 DE

2012-07-15 12:58

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Oh dear. How many times do I have to say I'm dreadfully sorry? BTW, there was no need to take a court order as both Rootes and Paykans came with an automatic self-destruct device from the factory which usually deployed after a couple of years, so there weren't any to be found- at least that's what I've heard... :whistle:

dsl SX

2012-07-15 13:16

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Once if it's sincere, 437 times if it's clearly not really meant.

ingo DE

2012-07-15 13:55

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437 times? More than Rootes-survivors at all (except Iran) :p
Back to the roots *cough* Rootes: your bickering made me think, in what amounts Rootes-cars appeared in Germany. The only car, officially sold here, which I can remember, was the Chrysler Sunbeam. Other, older Rootes-cars were sold here time-by-time, but the open question is, how official was the import, and for what models. :??:
Your banter worried me so much, that the first thing, I've done this morning was, to check the list of all German classic car clubs. The only German club for any Rootes-car is the Sunbeam-Club: http://sunbeamtreffen.oyla18.de/cgi-bin/hpm_homepage.cgi That's all.
A time ago there was a story about the only Humber Sceptre, which still exists in Germany. It was one of the very few, sold here as new cars. About the importer I haven't found any detail-informations until now.

@Raul1983: :hello: Could you please check the "auto katalog"-issues from the early-70ies, I've sent to you two years ago, about comments to Rootes-cars? Even if you cannot understand German, the clear hint are the price in the short descriptions. If they are in D-Mark and not in GBP, it means, that there was at least a calculation for the German market. Thanks in advance!

Gag Halfrunt UK

2012-07-22 17:18

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Ben Affleck (with beard) posing in front of a seventies car (Opel?) on location in Istanbul:
Link to "www.popsugar.com"

ingo DE

2012-07-22 19:42

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Gag Halfrunt wrote Ben Affleck (with beard) posing in front of a seventies car (Opel?) on location in Istanbul:
Link to "www.popsugar.com"

It's an Opel Ascona A.

Gag Halfrunt UK

2012-07-22 20:17

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Danke!

dsl SX

2012-07-23 20:21

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ingo wrote in what amounts Rootes-cars appeared in Germany.... how official was the import, and for what models. :??: The only German club for any Rootes-car is the Sunbeam-Club: http://sunbeamtreffen.oyla18.de/cgi-bin/hpm_homepage.cgi

Some points.
- in general terms I agree that 60s/70s Rootes not sold in D in any quantity. No idea about late 40s and 50s but there may have been sales - UK was exporting wherever it could and had no reason to avoid D in those days, and we have some odd Minxes in D situations which we can't fully resolve. As Rootes seem to have sold steadily in Austria and other nearby countries such as Switzerland and CS, this difference is noticeable.
- from mid-66 AFAIK all Rootes brands to N & W Europe were branded Sunbeam, therefore any search for Hillman/Humber/Singer records after 66 is probably wasted
- from late 60s and Chrysler takeover, anything Rootes could be sold through the Simca dealer network as a source of infrastructure. First Chrysler link was 1964, with full buy-out in 67.
- several of the cars shown in the Sunbeam Club link are RHD, so modern collector imports (shows there are some Germans who appreciate fine cars :p ). Some nice cars in that link BTW - a Sunbeam Venezia, 2 Harrington Alpines etc. And a Hillman Super Imp. Maybe the club is an umbrella which mops up other Rootes strays?
- paykanhunter has found a few German language brochures for various Sunbeam-badged Arrows. So far we've assumed Austrian or German-speaking parts of CH, but that's not watertight
- seems there were Imp sales in D in early 66 as Hillman (before Sunbeam rebranding). 2 references found - one in a simple list of Imp export markets in 66; the second is a works-arranged trip made in an Imp Deluxe about March 66 with a crew of RAF drivers to visit 15 countries in 55 hours (repeating an earlier run in a Humber Super Snipe which took 90 hours). A Rootes internal briefing memo lists several stopping points to enable dealer participation with press coverage opportunities - these are: Hanover, Cologne, Aachen, Liege, Luxemburg, Metz, Nancy, Basle, Zurich, St. Moritz, Milan, Monte Carlo, Spain (from Madrid), Andorra (from Madrid).

So maybe there was a small trickle of Rootes availability after all. But still agreed that this was not common - if all that trawling books and websites can produce is this sort of low-level occasional clues, then it was never a big effort. If I had to nominate the most likely cars to offer something different in a crowded market such as D it would probably be the Sunbeam Alpine and Tiger.

ingo DE

2012-07-24 19:43

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A big thank you for the plenty of informations. Msybe I can find out more, if there will be something dsl-ish on one of the next classic car events around here. Until now I wasn't successful. When I think about it, I must say, that the last Rootes-car with a German plate, I definite can remember seeing by myself, was the mentioned Humber Sceptre. It was offered for sale on the Veterama in Mannheim, a few months after the story was issued. But this must have been minimum 3 or 4 years ago...

IRT_BMT_IND CA

2012-10-13 06:32

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Gag Halfrunt wrote I wonder if the producers managed to find any Paykans or other [Rootes] [Arrow] models. :)

I saw the film today, and I didn't notice any Paykans. There were other interesting cars though, like a few Adadols, as well as an Dodge branded Askam truck.

badlymad CA

2012-10-14 08:10

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Also saw the film, and I didn't notice any Paykans either. The Canadian ambassador drives a W116 280 SE, Ben Affleck's character rides in a Peugeot 504 taxi and there is a Mercedes-Benz Unimog in the same scene as the AMC Matador. There was an anachronistic Orion II bus as an airport shuttle.

Edit: Added a few vehicles that were seen in the trailers.

-- Last edit: 2012-10-14 18:20:05

Gag Halfrunt UK

2012-10-17 23:34

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From the official production notes (Acrobat/PDF file):
Quote Befitting his status, Lester drives a 1975 gold Rolls Royce, while John Chambers sports a '77 Cadillac Eldorado. Picture car coordinator Ted Moser was charged with finding and, in some cases, refurbishing those and other now-vintage vehicles, including the gleaming Airstream trailer, which serves as Chambers' headquarters. He remarks, "We polished it up to the nines and then crafted the inside to be this cool makeup trailer. We also restored his Eldorado to look like new, but the background vehicles couldn't look like they came out of car clubs."

That especially applied to the assortment of cars Moser gathered for the Iran sequences, including Granadas, Fiats, Peugots, Mavericks, and a VW Bus, as well as a 1962 Unimog troop transport and the classic Matador cop cars that are seen in a nail-biting chase sequence at the Tehran Airport.

http://www.visualhollywood.com/movies_2012/argo/notes.pdf

-- Last edit: 2012-10-17 23:34:20

rberent US

2012-11-24 12:57

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I noticed a four-door Cadillac in the scene where Ben Affleck arrives at the 'screening' of the 'movie'.
There were plenty of US background vehicles which distracted me from the movie... my girl was getting irritated that I kept yelping at these classics!
(I/We have just bought a 1976 Mercury Grand Marquis with a 400).

Gag Halfrunt UK

2012-12-29 12:02

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Filmed in the USA and Turkey:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1024648/locations

ventr1s PL

2012-12-29 12:47

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Some shots in Iran, there are some "Anadol" brand cars on the streets. Anadol is a Turkish car manufacturer which sold only in Turkey. [imdb]

badlymad CA

2013-02-27 06:19

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[Image: vlcsnap-2013-02-26-22h12m00s229.jpg]
Winner of Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Two 747s from British Airways and Swissair play a role in the film:

[Image: vlcsnap-2013-02-26-17h33m23s244.jpg] [Image: vlcsnap-2013-02-26-18h12m45s55.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2013-02-27 06:22:40

sixcyl FR

2013-03-03 16:45

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Aircraft at:
http://www.impdb.org/index.php?title=Argo_(2012)

pardauro RO

2013-03-10 08:11

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New romanian car from movie: http://pardau.ro/filme-in-care-apar-masini-romanesti-1/
Detailed article!

Gag Halfrunt UK

2013-03-10 11:31

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No, it's not a Romanian car, it's a Turkish Renault 12.

I can't speak Romanian, but I used Google Translate. The author thinks that Argo was really filmed in Iran and so says that the car was probably made in Turkey. In fact, none of the film was made in Iran (for obvious political reasons that are themselves part of the film's story). The Tehran street scenes were filmed in Istanbul.

pardauro RO

2013-03-10 16:34

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Gag Halfrunt wrote No, it's not a Romanian car, it's a Turkish Renault 12.

I can't speak Romanian, but I used Google Translate. The author thinks that Argo was really filmed in Iran and so says that the car was probably made in Turkey. In fact, none of the film was made in Iran (for obvious political reasons that are themselves part of the film's story). The Tehran street scenes were filmed in Istanbul.


Thanks for that information. I didn't know that. I change immediately.

DJcars US

2017-10-26 03:59

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Thunk your missing one... 1969 mercedes 230 series... Just bought the car

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