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Mission: Impossible -- 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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Release Date:
22 May 1996 (USA) See more »
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Expect the Impossible
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Cruise ... Ethan Hunt

Jon Voight ... Jim Phelps

Emmanuelle Béart ... Claire Phelps (as Emmanuelle Beart)

Henry Czerny ... Eugene Kittridge

Jean Reno ... Franz Krieger

Ving Rhames ... Luther Stickell

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Sarah Davies (as Kristin Scott-Thomas)

Vanessa Redgrave ... Max

Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Hannah Williams
Valentina Yakunina ... Drunken Female IMF Agent

Marek Vasut ... Drunken Male IMF Agent
Nathan Osgood ... Kittridge Technician
John McLaughlin ... TV Interviewer

Rolf Saxon ... CIA Analyst William Donloe
Karel Dobrý ... Matthias

Andreas Wisniewski ... Max's Companion
David Shaeffer ... Diplomat Rand Housman
Rudolf Pechan ... Mayor Brandl
Gaston Subert ... Jaroslav Reid

Ricco Ross ... Denied Area Security Guard

Mark Houghton ... Denied Area Security Guard
Bob Friend ... Sky News Man
Annabel Mullion ... Flight Attendant

Garrick Hagon ... CNN Reporter
Jirina Trebická ... Cleaning Woman
Andrzej Borkowski ... Kiev Room Agent (as Andrzei Borkowski)
Maya Dokic ... Kiev Room Agent

Sam Douglas ... Kiev Room Agent

Olegar Fedoro ... Kiev Room Agent (as Oleg Fedorov)
Carmela Marner ... Kiev Room Agent
Mimi Potworowska ... Kiev Room Agent

David Schneider ... Train Engineer

Helen Lindsay ... Female Executive in Train
Pat Starr ... CIA Agent
Richard D. Sharp ... CIA Lobby Guard
Randall Paul ... CIA Escort Guard
Sue Doucette ... CIA Agent (as Suzanne Doucette)
Graydon Gould ... Public Official
Tony Vogel ... M.I. 5
Michael Rogers ... Large man
Laura Brook ... Margaret Hunt
Morgan Deare ... Donald Hunt

David Phelan ... Steward on Train
Melissa Knatchbull ... Air Stewardess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ion Caramitru ... Zozimov

Dale Dye ... Frank Barnes

Marcel Iures ... Alexander Golitsyn

Keith Campbell ... Fireman (uncredited)
Michael Cella ... Student (uncredited)

Emilio Estevez ... Jack Harmon (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Car Driver (uncredited)

John Knoll ... Passenger on Train in Tunnel (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian De Palma 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bruce Geller (television series)

David Koepp (story) and
Steven Zaillian (story)

David Koepp (screenplay) and
Robert Towne (screenplay)

Produced by
J.C. Calciano .... associate producer
Tom Cruise .... producer
Paul Hitchcock .... executive producer
Paula Wagner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
 
Production Design by
Norman Reynolds 
 
Art Direction by
Fred Hole (supervising art director) (as Frederick Hole)
Jonathan McKinstry (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt 
 
Costume Design by
Penny Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Rob Bottin .... special makeup effects
Lois Burwell .... chief makeup designer
Dave Elsey .... special makeup effects artist
Jirí Farkas .... makeup artist
Jim Feldman .... conceptual artist
Eithne Fennel .... chief hair stylist
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Amanda Knight .... key makeup artist
Seth Lombardi .... assistant hair stylist
Margaret Prentice .... prosthetic makeup artist: Mr. Cruise (senator disquise )
Lynn Rodgers .... hair stylist
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Lisa Tomblin .... hair stylist
Colin Ware .... special makeup effects artist
Rose Procopio Barondess .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Thomas Floutz .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Christine Bodelot .... production manager
Kevin De La Noy .... unit production manager: second unit
Steve Harding .... unit production manager (as Steven Harding)
Ruth Hasty .... post-production supervisor
Michal Prikryl .... unit manager: Prague
Guy Tannahill .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul F. Bernard .... second second assistant director
Ernest Day .... second unit director
Kevin De La Noy .... first assistant director: second unit
Kate Hazell .... third assistant director
Martin Krauka .... third assistant director: second unit
Oldrich Mach .... assistant director
Dana Maederova .... second assistant director: Prague
Jirí Ostry .... first assistant director: Prague
Eric Schwab .... second unit director
Chris Soldo .... first assistant director
Michael Stevenson .... second assistant director
Lucie Stocková .... second assistant director: Prague
Julian Wall .... second assistant director: Prague
 
Art Department
Tony Allard .... propmaker
Edward Ambrose .... senior draughtsperson
Tony Chance .... illustrator (as Anthony Chance)
Peter Childs .... chief draughtsperson
John Chisholm .... prop man
Belinda Edwards .... production buyer
Jim Feldman .... conceptual artist
Kate Garbett .... art department coordinator
Tracey Holmes .... junior draughtsperson
Robert Jackson .... carpenter
Dick Lasley .... conceptual artist
David Lee .... assistant art director
Thomas Martin .... supervising carpenter
Pavel Nový .... construction manager
Brian Pegg .... plasterer
Jamie Shelley .... charge hand
Chris Sibley-Hale .... carpenter
Tom Southwell .... conceptual artist
Simon Staines .... computer graphics designer
Krissi Williamson .... assistant buyer
Mickey Woolfson .... chargehand stand-by
Jan Zeman .... assistant art director
Colin Thurston .... dressing prop (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... additional sound mixer
Tom Barwick .... foley artist
Jessica Bellfort .... assistant sound editor
Tom Bellfort .... supervising sound editor
Christopher Boyes .... sound designer
John Casali .... utility sound
Tomas Cervenka .... cable person
Clive Copland .... boom operator
David Crozier .... sound mixer
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Sean England .... sound re-recordist
Tammy Fearing .... foley editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Chris Jenkins .... additional sound mixer
Shawn Murphy .... re-recording mixer
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
Gary Rydstrom .... re-recording mixer
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound effects editor (as Chris Scarabosio)
Kevin Sellers .... assistant sound editor
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Gary Summers .... re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Maia Veres .... assistant sound editor
Marian Wilde .... foley editor (as Marianne Wilde)
Matthew Wood .... foley editor
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... dialogue editor (as Gwendolyn Yates-Whittle)
Bob Edwards .... re-recording mixer: temp mix (uncredited)
Tom Myers .... assistant sound designer (uncredited)
Tom Myers .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Steve Slanec .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Eric Allard .... special effects supervisor: All Effects Company
David Beavis .... special effects supervisor
Robbie Clot .... mechanical effects technician
Gary Cohen .... special effects technician
Terence J. Cox .... special effects senior technician
Raul Essig .... matchmove artist
Fernando Favila .... special effects producer: Rob Bottin Studio
Jim Feldman .... conceptual artist
Gustavo R. Ferreyra .... specialty props: London
Jules Findley .... special effects compositor
Terry Glass .... special effects technician
Moto Hata .... sculptor: Rob Bottin Studio (as Motoyoshi Hata)
Kevin Herd .... senior technician
Douglas D. Kelley .... special effects coordinator: All Effects Company (as Douglas Kelley)
Roger Nichols .... senior technician
Lyn Nicholson .... special effects coordinator
Nigel Nixon .... computer video playback buyer
Art Pimentel .... model/moldmaker: Rob Bottin Studio
Dave Roddham .... special effects trainee
Christopher S. Ross .... special effects prop designer: All Effects Company (as Chris Ross)
Andrew Ryan .... effects trainee
Robert Schofield .... wire effects supervisor
Dawn M. Severdia .... special effects makeup coordinator: Rob Bottin Studio (as Dawn Severdia)
Roman Tudjarov .... special effects technician
Jirí Vater .... special effects technician
David j Watson .... special effects assistant (as David Watson Jr.)
Andy Weder .... lead machinist: action props
Harold Weed .... model maker
John Weller .... special effects rigger
Gareth Wingrove .... special effects trainee
Ian Wingrove .... special effects supervisor
Trevor Wood .... special effects senior technician workshop
Kim Bailey .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Edward J. Franklin .... prop shop (uncredited)
Josselin Mahot .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
Cliff Wallace .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Alexander .... computer and video technician (as Matthew Kok)
Alexandra Altrocchi .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Karen Ansel .... technical director: ILM
Al Bailey .... digital plate restoration
Jeffrey Benedict .... digital effects artist
Stephane Bidault .... digital compositor: cinesite europe
Stella Bogh .... digital compositor
Stella Bogh .... visual effects designer: Computer Film Company
Scott Bonnenfant .... digital plate restoration
Marc Chu .... digital effects artist
Michael Conte .... digital effects artist: ILM (as Mike Conte)
Michael Corcoran .... CG resource assistant
James Doherty .... digital modeler: ILM
Loring Doyle .... digital rotoscope and paint: ILM
David Dozoretz .... digital animatic artist: ILM
David Dozoretz .... pre-visualization artist
David S. Dranitzke .... miniature unit coordinator (as David Dranitzke)
Sheena Duggal .... flame artist: ILM
Sheena Duggal .... lead Inferno artist: ILM
Paddy Eason .... lead digital compositor: CFC
Paddy Eason .... visual effects designer: Computer Film Company
Selwyn Eddy .... digital match mover: ILM
Andrew Eio .... computer/visual effects supervisor
Jon Foreman .... model mechanical designer
Scott Frankel .... digital compositor
Steve Gawley .... supervising model maker
Dan Glass .... visual effects designer: Computer Film Company
Michael Gleason .... visual effects editor
Dan B. Goldman .... digital effects artist
John Goodson .... model maker
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC
John Hardwick .... digital compositor: Cinesite Europe
Ed Hawkins .... digital compositor: Cinesite Europe
Aaron Haye .... modelmaker: ILM
Robert Hill .... visual effects camera assistant
Samir Hoon .... technical director
George Hull .... visual effects art director
Paul Huston .... digital matte artist: ILM
Tom L. Hutchinson .... computer graphics supervisor: ILM (as Thomas L. Hutchinson)
Mathew C. Judd .... 3D modeler
Matt Kasmir .... digital effects artist
Susan Kelly-Andrews .... digital rotoscope and paint: ILM
Greg Killmaster .... technical director
Drew Klausner .... digital rotoscope and paint: ILM
John Knoll .... visual effects supervisor
Marshall Richard Krasser .... digital compositor: ILM
Stefan Lange .... Visual effects cameraman
Sharon Lark .... digital effects producer: Cinesite Europe
Angela Leaper .... digital effects editor
Joe Letteri .... associate visual effects supervisor
Kim Libreri .... digital effects supervisor
Jodie Maier .... digital match mover: ILM
Greg Maloney .... digital compositor (ILM)
Kim Marks .... visual effects director of photography: London bluescreen photography unit
Tom Martinek .... digital effects artist/animator: ILM
Stuart T. Maschwitz .... digital effects artist (as Stu Maschwitz)
Roni McKinley .... visual effects producer: ILM
Scott McNamara .... model mechanical designer (as Scott McNamera)
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects producer: CFC
Richard Miller .... sculptor/modeler
Terry Molatore .... digital rotoscope and paint: ILM
Mark Moore .... concept artist
Jim Morris .... senior staff: ILM
George Murphy .... computer graphics supervisor: ILM
Patrick T. Myers .... senior digital effects artist: ILM
Mark Nettleton .... senior compositor: Cinesite Europe
Ken Nielsen .... digital effects artist (as Kenneth Nielsen)
Alison O'Brien .... visual effects producer: CFC
Michael Olague .... visual effects gaffer
Christopher Olness .... Assistant Visual Effects Editor: ILM
Chris Panton .... visual effects designer: Computer Film Company
Eddie Pasquarello .... digital compositor
Kevin Phelan .... scanning and recording producer: CFC
Cary Phillips .... CG staff
Joshua Pines .... scanning & film recording supervisor: ILM
Jonathan Privett .... digital compositor: Cinesite Europe
Eve Ramboz .... visual effects
Cordy Rierson .... digital effects
Fedele Rinaldi .... compositor
Barnaby Robson .... digital compositor
Martin Rosenberg .... visual effects director of photography: helicopter crash sequence photography unit
Susan Ross .... viewpainter
Thomas Rosseter .... digital compositor
Kim Smith .... model maker
Simon Staines .... computer graphics designer
Andy Stevens .... visual effects camera assistant: Magic Camera Co
Eben Stromquist .... model mechanical designer
Ole Dieter Sturm .... senior computer graphic artist
Frank W. Tarantino .... special effects technician: ILM
Ginger Theisen .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Paul Theren .... digital modeler
Christopher Townsend .... digital effects artist
Bruce Vecchitto .... digital timing supervisor: ILM
Danny Wagner .... model maker: ILM
Erika Wangberg Burton .... plate coordinator: bluescreen photography unit, London (as Erika Wangberg)
Jeff Wells .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Tim Wellspring .... visual effects assistant: CFC
Andy White .... senior digital effects artist: ILM
Russ Woolnough .... visual effects editor
Richard Yuricich .... visual effects supervisor
Ken Dailey .... visual effects coordinator: Cinesite (uncredited)
Guy Hudson .... matchmover (uncredited)
Alex Jaeger .... model maker: ILM (uncredited)
Matt Johnson .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Russell Koonce .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Karl Nettmann .... pyrotechnician: titles (uncredited)
Joe Pavlo .... digital artist (uncredited)
Stephen Sobisky .... project manager: Viewpoint Datalabs (uncredited)
Charles Tait .... data operator (uncredited)
Chad Taylor .... Sabre artist: ILM (uncredited)
Doug Tubach .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Kevin Willmering .... digital rotoscope and paint supervisor: ILM (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Keith Campbell .... stunts
Graeme Crowther .... stunts
Ray De-Haan .... stunts (as Ray De Haan)
Tracey Eddon .... stunts
Jamie Edgell .... stunts
Dean Forster .... stunts (as Dean Foster)
Sarah Franzl .... stunts
Paul Jennings .... stunts
Vincent Keane .... stunts
Tom Lucy .... stunts
Chrissy Monk .... stunts
Gerard Naprous .... stunts
Dinny Powell .... stunts
Gary Powell .... stunts
Greg Powell .... stunt coordinator
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Keith Campbell .... stunt double: Tom Cruise (uncredited)
Sarah Franzl .... stunt double: Kristin Scott Thomas (uncredited)
Lee Millham .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Greg Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Batten .... clapper loader
Richard Blanshard .... still photographer
Murray Close .... still photographer
Andy Cole .... electrician
Tony Cridlin .... grip
Adam Dale .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Ernest Day .... director of photography: second unit (as Ernie Day)
Sandra Dillon .... assistant camera
Shaun Evans .... clapper loader
Darren Flindall .... rigger
Kevin Fraser .... key grip: second unit
Bill Geddes .... camera grip
Anthony Gregori .... grip
Gordon Hayman .... camera operator
Rawdon Hayne .... first assistant camera
Andy Hopkins .... camera crane operator
Larry Huston .... Steadicam focus puller: London
Igor Jelen .... electrician
Michael Kelem .... aerial camera: Washington D.C.
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Pat Miller .... electrician
Nick Pearson .... crane grip
Nigel Seal .... assistant camera
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
Ron Shane .... best boy
Jaromir Simek .... electrician
Petr Svoboda .... electrician
Peter Versey .... camera operator: second unit
Paul Borg .... electrician (uncredited)
Richard Brooks Burton .... aerial first assistant camera (uncredited)
Steven Desbrow .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Rick Fee .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Dominic Walton .... computer video playback (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mali Finn .... casting: USA
Patsy Pollock .... casting: UK
Emily Schweber .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Avery .... costumer: women
Ken Crouch .... wardrobe supervisor (as Kenny Crouch)
Bela Friedlová .... wardrobe
Kirsten Hecktermann .... assistant costume designer
Verity Jackson .... wardrobe assistant
Hana Kucerova .... costume supervisor
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... wardrobe daily
Adrian Simmons .... costumer: men
Nancy Thompson .... costumer: Mr Cruise
Sarka Zvolenska .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gordon Antell .... assistant film editor
Simon Cozens .... assistant editor
Paul Elman .... assistant editor
Mike Jackson .... assistant editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer (as Denny McNeill)
Nick Moore .... first assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
George Doering .... musician
Artie Kane .... conductor
Kenneth Karman .... additional music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy .... score recordist
Maria Newman .... musician
Bryan Pezzone .... musician: piano
Lalo Schifrin .... composer: theme music
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator (as Edgardo Fimone)
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
Sharon Smith .... second music editor: temp music
Jacqueline Tager .... assistant music editor
Patti Zimmitti .... music contractor
Marc Miller .... music clearance (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mark Davies .... unit driver
Zdenek Flídr .... transportation coordinator
Václav Kocman .... driver
Gerry Turner .... driver
 
Other crew
Sandrine Ageorges .... location manager
Jon Baker .... armorer
Graham Bartram .... software engineer
Tania Clarke .... assistant to director
Kyle Cooper .... title designer: main and end titles
Patsy de Lord .... production coordinator
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Sue Doucette .... technical advisor
Michael Doven .... production associate
John Eccleston .... assistant accountant
Andrew Eio .... computer systems coordinator
Olegar Fedoro .... additional dialect coach: Russian
Kay Fenton .... script supervisor
Zdenek Fiala .... location manager
Nicolas Foulatier .... assistant location manager: France
Sean Garman .... set runner: Prague
Timothy J. Gorman .... on set runner
Hugh Gourlay .... location assistant
Constantine Gregory .... dialogue coach
Lil Heyman .... production coordinator: second unit
Robin Higgs .... location manager: second unit
Marianne Jenkins .... assistant production coordinator
Barbora Kolarova .... interpreter
Jana Kraliková .... unit interpreter
Simon Marsden .... location manager: Prague
Mickey McDermott .... executive assistant to Emilio Estevez
Simon McNair Scott .... location manager
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Dennis Muren .... creative advisor
Kathy Orloff .... unit publicist
Justin Owen .... technician
David Paris .... helicopter coordinator
David Paris .... helicopter pilot
Daniela Pavlova .... unit interpreter
Pavlina Prikrylova .... production secretary
Stefano Priori .... accountant: second unit
Martin Sebik .... key production assistant: Czech Republic
Olivier Servanin .... location scout: France
Ivan Vakarac .... location manager
Dita Valentinova .... interpreter
Jean-Pierre Verard .... production staff
Chris Warren .... video coordinator
Cameron Watson .... dialogue coach
Marc Wolff .... helicopter pilot
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot: Washington D.C. (as Bobby Z)
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor (uncredited)
Nicholas Hopkins .... extras runner (uncredited)
David Kerney .... production accountant (uncredited)
Katerina Lahodova .... interpreter (uncredited)
Richard Sharkey .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Phil Stoole .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jonathan Weissler .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence
Runtime:
110 min
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Trivia:
The first film to have a release of over 3000 theaters in the USA.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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:I thought I was going to see Max.
Matthias:You misunderstood. No one sees Max.
Ethan Hunt:Then what am I doing here?
Matthias:Allowing Max to see you and hear what you've got to say.
Ethan Hunt:I don't communicate very well through a shroud.
Matthias:If Max doesn't like what you have to say, you will be wearing that shroud indefinitely.
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67 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
Confusing, But Still Fun To Watch, 29 March 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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