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THE REAL STORY OF... ARGO
August 29, 2019  | By David Bianculli

Reelz Channel, 9:00 p.m. ET

 
The real story of the Reelz documentary series The Real Story of… is this: This program takes a popular movie based on a fact-based event or actual person, and compares what happened in the movie to what happened in real life. Tonight, it presents a new episode devoted to Ben Affleck’s 2012 movie ARGO, about the top-secret plan to rescue a group of hostages during the 1979 Iran takeover of the U.S. Embassy. I can tell you, without seeing this new Real Story Of…, that the film gets a lot right, but totally succumbs to Hollywood drama-seeking in the airport climax. If you’re interested, other Real Story Of… episodes repeated today, before tonight’s new entry, include shows devoted to American Gangster (noon and 3 p.m. ET), Goodfellas (1 and 4 p.m. ET), and Donnie Brasco (2 and 5 p.m.).
 
 
 
 
 
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