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Mission: Impossible (1996)

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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Drunken Female IMF Agent
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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 of 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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Expect the Impossible


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

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22 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,436,830, 22 May 1996

Gross USA:

$180,981,856

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$457,696,359
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Trivia

The character name Alexander Golitsyn is a nod to Soviet KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn. See more »

Goofs

Secure government sites require all duct work greater than 96" square to have welded man-bars every 12 feet or at turns in the duct work. Ethan could not have entered the "secure" computer room through the duct work as he would have been interrupted by at least 5-6 sets of 1" diameter steel bars. See more »

Quotes

[Ethan Hunt has just discovered that arms-dealer Max is a woman]
Max: Anonymity... is like a warm blanket.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits contain several plot points from the movie. See more »

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Theme From Mission: Impossible
By Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Larry Mullen Jr. & Adam Clayton
Produced by Larry Mullen Jr. with David Beal
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
Contains sample from the original soundtrack recording of "Mission: Impossible Theme"
Conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records and Paramount Pictures
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A tense thriller that is not (despite popular belief) impossible to follow.
8 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

I would like to reiterate what "Anonymous of Derby, England" said about this film (20th November). The fact that so many people have complained that they "didn't get it" is proof that our brains are being atrophied by so many movies that do all our thinking for us. I had no trouble in following the plot and found the fact that I actually had to concentrate and think things through quite refreshing. Okay, so a lot of the stunts were a bit far fetched but what does it matter when they were so entertaining? After all, it is only a movie; nobody expects us to believe that these things could really happen any more than they expect us to believe that King Kong really existed or that there's a Volcano ready to errupt in L.A. Besides, with the inspired casting of David Schneider as the train driver, Brian de Palma must have had his tongue in his cheek for at least some of the time. He's created a masterful boy's own adventure story, an original "ripping yarn" and that brilliant comic touch added to this perfectly.

"Mission Impossible" is a visual and cerebral treat. Tom Cruise is excellent as Ethan, Vanessa Redgrave makes a superb villian and Jean Reno is watchable in ANYTHING he does. The only weak link is Emmanuelle Beart, who did a good job of looking beautiful but very little else. What a shame Kristin Scott Thomas couldn't have taken a more central role; she makes the gorgeous but bland Beart look like a waste of space.

I give this 8 out of ten and it would have been more if it wasn't for Beart's character.


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