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Mission: Impossible (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  22 May 1996 (USA)
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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 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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Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence | See all certifications »

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22 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Mission Impossible  »

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,040,340 (UK) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

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

In the scene where Ethan Hunt studies Senator John Waltzer appearing in a TV interview, in order to impersonate him later, it is (of course) Tom Cruise himself on the TV screen. So, strictly speaking, it can be maintained that Cruise actually has two roles in this film, as Ethan Hunt and as the real Senator. See more »

Goofs

The MD Helicopters 520N has a main rotor diameter of 8.3 meters or 27.4 feet. Each bore of the Channel Tunnel is 7.6 meters or 25 feet. See more »

Quotes

Jim Phelps: Of course he knew. Just *when* he knew is something of a mystery. You mind telling me, Ethan? Was it before or after I showed up in London?
Ethan Hunt: Before London. But after you took the Bible from the Drake Hotel in Chicago.
Jim Phelps: They stamped it, didn't they? Those damn Gideons.
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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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Very clever thriller
18 May 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

For those who have not seen the original Mission Impossible, it is a real shame. While the other flicks offer plenty of explosions and cool action sequences, the original remains the best for it's interesting plot twists, some decent acting, and a well developed element of suspense that's lacking in the later pictures.

To reveal any of the plot would be a disservice: it certainly has some pretty interesting occurrences that should be seen for full effect. What really makes this great though is De Palma's direction. Unlike the later flicks, key scenes are drawn out: there is a real Spense of suspense that is rarely achieved. Three key action scenes come to mind, and there all extremely cool: it's just a shame that Criuse couldn't enlist the services of more experienced director's later in the franchise.

A memorable, well executed thriller.


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