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Passing reference in ‘Argo’ rankles New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Thirteen minutes into the Oscar-winning movie ­‘‘Argo,’’ CIA agent Tony Mendez asks supervisor Jack O’Donnell what happened to a group of Americans when the US Embassy was stormed in Tehran.

‘‘The six of them went out a back exit,’’ O’Donnell tells Mendez, played by Ben Affleck. ‘‘Brits turned them away. Kiwis turned them away. Canadians took them in.’’

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