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Mission: Impossible (1996)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire (as Emmanuelle Beart)
Sarah Davies (as Kristin Scott-Thomas)
Valentina Yakunina ...
Drunken Female IMF Agent
Drunken Male IMF Agent
Kittridge Technician
TV Interviewer


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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One man has one chance to do the impossible. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,436,830, 22 May 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Phelps is the only character from the original series to appear in this film. See more »


(at around 1h 4 mins) Ethan is suspended upside down in the Langley computer room looking down at Donloe, but the image from his glasses is right-side up on Luther's laptop. See more »


Ethan Hunt: [over a pay phone in Prague] They're dead.
Eugene Kittridge: What? Who's dead?
Ethan Hunt: My team. My team is DEAD. They knew we were coming, man. They knew we were coming and the disk is gone.
Eugene Kittridge: Are you intact?
Ethan Hunt: Do you read me! The list is in the OPEN!
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The Plot
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User Reviews

Confusing, But Still Fun To Watch
29 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Here's another film I watched when it came out and then later when the DVD was released and enjoyed both viewings, despite the fact I got "lost" several times. It's about time for another look because it's well-worth it and who knows....maybe I'll finally figure it out!

If you get a little confused trying to follow the plot, don't feel stupid. This isn't an easy story to follow but it gets high marks for keeping it interesting despite that problem.

The interesting characters, good cinematography, fun James Bond-like gadgets, just the right amount of action scenes and one very memorable heist scene with Tom Cruise dangling from a wire all make this an enjoyable two hours of entertainment. That scene with Cruise trying to break into this vault-like room remains as the one of the better tension-filled scenes I've ever witnessed on the big screen.

The final action scene with the speeding train and helicopter also is very memorable. John Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Henry Czerny and Jean Reno make it a fun cast to watch, too. Note: stick with this film and forget the sequel. Despite the confusion, this film is still fun to view.

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