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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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Claire (as Emmanuelle Beart)
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Sarah Davies (as Kristin Scott-Thomas)
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Max
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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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Mission Impossible  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Inspired by the film, a helicopter successfully flew through a tunnel in Brazil in 2006. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 28 mins) When the ticket for the high speed train is produced, not only does it claim wrongly to be for the TGV, which is actually called Eurostar (TGVs only travel within France and into Switzerland), However Eurostar tickets are available which permit onward transit via SNCF TGV's and Vice versa. It also purports to depart from the "London Terminus". There is no such station - at that time, Eurostar left from London Waterloo. See more »

Quotes

Ethan Hunt: [to Claire] Wake up, Claire! Jim's dead! He's dead! They're all dead!
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The opening credits contain several plot points from the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Schnitzelparadijs - De serie: Vreemd vlees (2008) See more »

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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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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