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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Mission Impossible can be found here.

While working a mission in Prague, the MIF team, part of an unofficial branch of the CIA led by Jim Phelps (Jon Voight), is wiped out except for Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). Ethan subsequently finds himself under suspicion of being a mole by the head of the agency, Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny). Determined to prove himself innocent, Ethan makes a deal with illegal arms dealer Max (Vanessa Redgrave) in exchange for the name of the mole.

No. Mission Impossible is based on a TV series, also titled 'Mission: Impossible', that ran from 1966 to 1973 and was created and initially produced by American screenwriter Bruce Geller. Writing credits for the movie are attributed to American screenwriters David Koepp, Robert Towne, and Steven Zaillian. The popularity of the movie led to three sequels: Mission: Impossible II (2000), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011). Mission: Impossible 5 is scheduled for release in 2015.

The team's mission was to prevent Alexander Golitsyn (Marcel Iures), an attach at CIA's embassy in Prague, from stealing the Non-Official Cover (NOC) list, a list of all covert agents in Eastern Europe, because the list, should it get out in the open, would most likely be sold to the highest bidders, e.g., Third World terrorists, arms dealers, drug lords, etc.

Jim doesn't. You can see in Ethan's flashback that the gun Jim Phelps fires is actually loaded with blanks. He then picks up a sponge soaked in fake blood which he rubs over his chest and hands before throwing it away. He does this while looking up so Ethan doesn't see it on his screen. When he looks down, his hands are by his chest covered in blood, creating the illusion Jim wanted.

The code 'Job 314' led Ethan to look at the Bible passage Job 3:14. Later in the movie, Ethan Hunt sees that the Bible was from the Drake Hotel in Chicago. This led Ethan to realize that Jim Phelps brought the Bible with him to Prague -- when the team 1st meets in Prague they jokingly tease Jim about being allowed to stay in the Drake in Chicago, which is a very high-end and exclusive hotel there. Ethan might have concluded that there was no reason Jim would bring a Bible with him (Jim not being a religious man) unless it was meant to help him contact Max.

There might have been any number of explanations in the way the gum was designed. There might have been a special material inserted between the two halves to separate them or perhaps a larger amount of the two explosives have to be pressed together to ignite it. In the end, it's just a moment where we have to suspend our disbelief.

It doesn't exist, it was a set constructed for the movie & specifically for the scene. As Ethan escapes from the rushing water he runs north through Prague's Old Town Square, which is a real place. Through careful cinematography & editing, it appears that the place is in the Old Town Square. To enhance the effect, a large quantity of water is even dumped onto the pavement behind him.

The Charles Bridge (Karluv Most in Czech). The Charles spans the Vltava River and is only open to pedestrians.

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