Having just won three Academy Awards, Argo has today become available on Virgin Movies.
On the back of a hugely successful awards season, Argo, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, has been rated by British movie fans alongside household favourite escapes including The Shawshank Redemption, The Great Escape and Sleeping with the Enemy in a poll by Virgin Media.
Named one of the top ten escape films of all time even before its general release, Argo is based upon a real life mission to rescue six American hostages under the guise of an entirely fictitious film crew by the Canadian Government during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.
Whether it’s evading prisons, rescuing diplomats under the guise of movie makers, escaping evil farmers or feigning death to escape an abusive marriage, Virgin Media’s poll shows Brit’s love of tenacious plots and daring escapes.
The epic The Shawshank Redemption was crowned the nation’s favourite escape film thanks to Andy Dufresne tenaciously concealing tools to break free from jail and his enduring friendship with Red. The Great Escape, based upon allied escape plans from Stallug Luft III during World War 2 followed closely behind. Psychological thriller, Sleeping with the Enemy, in which Julia Robert’s character escapes from an abusive husband by feigning her own death clinched third place.
Virgin Media’s Top Ten Escape Movies as voted for by the public
1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. The Great Escape
3. Sleeping with the Enemy
4. Chicken Run
5. Escape from Alcatraz
6. The Hangover
9. Jurassic Park
10. Thelma and Louise