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

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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)
This Character does not appear.
Joe Calloway
This Character does not appear.
Joe Missouri
This Character does not appear.
Bob (CIA officer in Iran)
This Character does not appear.
Somchai Sriweawnetr
This Character does not appear.
John Sheardown
This Character does not appear.
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
   The Americans get along fine, they have lots of alcohol to drink as the Embassy was getting ready for a party. The TV is broken, Sheardown keeps them up to date on current events. The Sheardowns had frequent guests from other embassies who kept them up to date. The six Americans have trouble getting along while cooped up in the Taylor home. They watch news on the TV a lot. There were no guests from other embassies.
   NBC's Peter Jennings would come to visit at times. The owner of the Sheardown house would also bring in prospective buyers while the Americans hide in back rooms. This does not happen in the book.
   The Americans wrote letters to their families back home. Lee Schatz's mother told a local newspaper that her son was hiding in Iran. This does not happen 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.
   Joe Calloway tells Mendez about a script he was pitched based on a novel call Lord of Light. They use the script and call the film Argo. Mendez is sent to LA to set up a film back story. He tells Chambers that he needs to extract six Americans from Tehran. Chambers tells Mendez they need to set up an actual production company to make the film that the Americans will be involved in.
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