The Americans manage to get out safely. And two of the six now call Anacortes, Wash., home.
Mark Lijek and Cora Amburn-Lijek said they loved the movie that is based on their experience in Iran more than 30 years ago. They also love the 15 minutes of fame that has come decades after that frightful time.
"It (the movie) says we got the movie star treatment but they didn't know about the movie cover story," Lijek said.
The movie is based around the joint CIA-Government of Canada covert rescue operation that allowed six Americans to evade capture in Iran by taking on the cover story of a Hollywood crew scouting movie locations. Lijek and Amburn-Lijek made it out of Iran safely and fairly easily. More easy in fact, Lijek said, than the movie makes it look.
"It was much smoother than in the movie," he said, laughing.
In the movie, just about everything that could go wrong does go wrong. The only glitch in real life was that the plane they boarded experienced a mechanical failure. It only set them back 20 minutes. Soon, they were sipping bloody mary's and celebrating their caper.
"The first feeling of relief is when we knew we were out of Irani airspace and we knew there was no going back and the way that we knew was that they started adult beverage service," Amburn-Lijeck said. "They couldn't serve alcohol while in Irani airspace."
The couple made it to the red carpet premiere of "Argo" and got to meet Clea DuVall and Christopher Denham, the stars that played their part in the movie.
Lijeck has also written a book about his story to tell portions of the story the movie left out, he said. Without the aid of the Canadians, he said, the six would have been captured and tourtured.
"I wrote a book because I wanted the contributions of the Canadians to be recorded," he said. His book is titled "Houseguests: A memoir of Canadian Courage and CIA Sorcery."
But still, despite the creative liberties in the film, the couple understand why it's No. 1 at the box office.
"The movie is pretty exciting," Lijeck said. "You're definitely at the edge of your seat through it."