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
   This did not happen in the book. Mendez brings the Americans on an outing at a market to give them practice “being a movie crew”. It does not go well for them as they are approached by and insulted by various Iranian residents. Some of the Americans do not trust Mendez.
   This did not happen in the book. Mendez gets a call on Taylor's secure phone and told that the extraction is being canceled because the military is planning on a rescue mission.
   This did not happen. The office was shut down only after the rescue mission was complete. John Chambers, in Hollywood, is told that the mission is off and to shut down the office.
   The mission was already given the go-ahead by President Carter. Mendez calls the CIA and tells them that he is taking the Americans out of Iran. His boss is unable to get the tickets confirmed for the flight out unless he has President Carter's authorization.
   This did not happen as the airline tickets were supplied by the Canadians. Jack O'Donnell fights with his boss about the mission and tells him to call the director about the tickets. O'Donnell contacts his superiors and convinces them to confirm the air tickets for Mendez and the six Americans.
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