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An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

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Storyline

Based on the hit T.V. series. Jim Phelps was sent to Prague for a mission to prevent the theft of classified material. His wife Claire and his trusted partner Ethan Hunt were members of Phelps' team. Unfortunately, something went horribly wrong and the mission failed, leaving Ethan Hunt the lone survivor. After he reported the failed mission, Kettridge the head if the agency suspects Ethan of being the culprit for the failed mission. Now, Ethan uses unorthodox methods (Which includes the aid of an arms dealer going by the name "Max") to try to find who set him up and to clear his name. Written by John Wiggins

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mission | spy | stealing | traitor | theft | See more »

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Expect the Impossible


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Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mission Impossible  »

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$804,000 (USA) (26 July 1996)

Gross:

$180,965,237 (USA) (22 November 1996)
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Trivia

The main lobby of CIA Headquarters at Langley was actually shot inside County Hall, London. The helipad next to Tower Bridge where Kitteridge lands does not exist and was specially built for the film and removed afterwards. The site is a public park. See more »

Goofs

The Eurostar train is an electric train (like most trains in western Europe), which usually runs on 25'000 volt overhead lines. This makes the scene on top of the train, and a helicopter landing on the roof of the train, impossible. Until a proper overhead line was installed on the English side, though, the Eurostar train had a capability to run on a third rail system using 750v, which is common in England. See more »

Quotes

Ethan Hunt: [to Claire] Wake up, Claire! Jim's dead! He's dead! They're all dead!
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Soundtracks

Divertimento in E-Flat Major for String Trio (K.563)
Third Movement - Menuetto
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Gidon Kremer & Kim Kashkashian
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Thrilling Thriller
7 February 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Brian De Palma delivers a kinetic live wire suspense filled espionage thriller to open the Mission Impossible franchise. The camera work is exceptional with De Palma's trademark sense of motion applied to suspenseful heists and an amazing train ride sequence during which you really get the sense of speed and danger. Also created is one of the most iconic images from any thriller of recent times Tom Cruise suspended mid heist inches from a pressure sensitive floor. Cruise lives up to his star billing and for me really nails the Ethan Hunt character, Jean Reno, Ving Rames and the stunning Emmanuelle Beart provide able support.

My one problem with this film and unfortunately quite a big problem is that the twist in the tale can be seen coming a mile off. Which is a real shame as this film is inventive, fun, stylish and everything a main stream thriller should be.

Fun but the twist in the tale doesn't have enough of a sting 7/10


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