What's the Difference between Argo the Book and Argo the Movie?

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Argo

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Released: 1999
Author: Anthony Mendez

Argo

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Released: 2012
Director: Ben Affleck
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In the Book In the Movie
Tony Mendez
Tony Mendez
Portrayed by: Ben Affleck
Julio (CIA officer with Mendez)
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Joe Calloway
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Joe Missouri
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Bob (CIA officer in Iran)
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Somchai Sriweawnetr
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John Sheardown
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Robert Anders
Robert Anders
Portrayed by: Tate Donovan
Cora Lijek
Cora Lijek
Portrayed by: Clea DuVall
Mark Lijek
Mark Lijek
Portrayed by: Christopher Denham
Joe Stafford
Joe Stafford
Portrayed by: Scoot McNairy
Kathy Stafford
Kathy Stafford
Portrayed by: Kerry Bishé
Lee Schatz
Lee Schatz
Portrayed by: Rory Cochrane
Ken Taylor
Ken Taylor
Portrayed by: Victor Garber
Argo Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Mendez has the Americans dress flashier so they appear like a film crew. The Americans change their appearances slightly to match their passports and not appear as themselves in case any Iranian locals know them.
   John and Zena Sheardown were sent back to Canada prior to the Americans leaving in preparation for shut down of the Canadian Embassy in Tehran. The Sheardowns are not in the film.
   When Mendez goes to the Canadian government to ask for official passports for the Americans, he finds out the passports are already being prepared. The Canadians refused to provide two passports for Mendez and another CIA officer. This does not happen in the film.
   The teacher cover story is just one of the options that Mendez decides not to go with after arriving in Iran. Jack O'Donnell tells Mendez that the CIA is going with the extraction using covers as teachers for the Americans.
   Ordinary police cars cannot match the 180 mph take-off speed of a 747. Revolutionary guards break through the door at the departure gate and use several police cars to attempt to intercept the Swiss Air 747 airliner while it is taking off. They also break into the control tower to disrupt the departing airliner.
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