Mission: Impossible (1996) Poster


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Mission: Impossible (1966) (TV Series)
Mission: Impossible (1988) (TV Series)

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Edited into 

Las Vegas: Father of the Bride (2006) (TV Episode)
The car explosion footage is taken from Mission: Impossible.
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
scenes are taken from this film


Mission: Impossible (1998) (Video Game)


The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Brian DePalma was a big Hitchcock fan. His Mission: Impossible features Vanessa Redgrave, daughter of "The Lady Vanishes" star Michael Redgrave, in a film that also features espionage onboard a train. Switching identities and loyalties are themes in both as well.
Rififi (1955)
Topkapi (1964)
The famous Langley-heist scene is an homage to the Topkapi-heist scene
Darkman (1990)
If Looks Could Kill (1991)
The exploding rubber gum
Sneakers (1992)
True Lies (1994)

Referenced in 

Aladdin: Mission: Imp Possible (1994) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Duke Nukem 3D (1996) (Video Game)
The first level of the fourth episode references the MI theme and features a self-destructing audio tape. Duke has to enter a computer room through a ventilation shaft, in the room a knife stick in the top of the computer can be seen.
Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 22 June 1996 (1996) (TV Episode)
Siskel says Emmanuelle Béart will co-star with Tom Cruise in this movie this summer
NewsRadio: Review (1996) (TV Episode)
joe's rigged harness based on the movie
Kenan & Kel: Dial O for Oops (1996) (TV Episode)
Kenan and Kel hum the theme when they try to retrieve the hose from the Dawson's mailbox
The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #1.3 (1996) (TV Episode)
Title on billboard.
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) (TV Episode)
Oprah mentions that "The Rock" toppled the film from its top spot on the weekly box office charts. Siskel and Ebert briefly give their opinions on it.
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man: Ajax & Ajaxer (1997) (TV Episode)
Entering the lab out from the ceiling air vent by rope is a take from the film.
Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997) (Video)
Sequence where Bill Case puts explosives in mansion
The Incredible Hulk: Mission: Incredible (1997) (TV Episode)
Banner enters SeaBase suspended on a wire like Ethan Hunt in the first Mission Impossible movie
The Creeps (1997)
Poster at Video Store.
I've Been Waiting for You (1998) (TV Movie)
The Big Hit (1998)
Celebrity Deathmatch: The Missing Girl (1998) (TV Episode)
During his interview with Stacy Cornbred, Tom is seen descending horizontally from the ceiling with a harness; also, after the missing girl is discovered, Tom vows to save her as "a mission [he] choose[s] to accept"
Tex Murphy: Overseer (1998) (Video Game)
"You saw that on Mission: Impossible, did you?"
Get Bruce (1999)
mentioned by Billy Crystal
Smart Guy: I Was a Teenage Sports Wife (1999) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mo
Sliders: To Catch a Slider (1999) (TV Episode)
Mallory refers to the film.
Intern (2000)
The Simpsons: Missionary: Impossible (2000) (TV Episode)
Episode name is a parody of the title of this film.
Circus (2000)
Julius (Peter Stormare) uses the movie title while describing their heist.
Boy Meets World: Brave New World: Part 1 (2000) (TV Episode)
Eric uses the Eric doll to imitate the scene in which Ethan Hunt breaks into the vault.
Good Eats: Mission: Poachable (2001) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
Blowjob Impossible (2001) (Video)
similar title
Cats & Dogs (2001)
99euro-films (2001)
dialog (segment "Die Selbsttötung der Sara W.)
Family Guy: Emission Impossible (2001) (TV Episode)
title reference
Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) (TV Movie)
South Park: Fun with Veal (2002) (TV Episode)
Cartman owns a Mission Impossible Breaking and Entering toy kit
Spider-Man (2002)
"Langley was a cakewalk compared to this"
Cypher (2002)
Splinter Cell (2002) (Video Game)
The computer mainframe in the C.I.A. building resembles the one featured in this movie.
Naked Movie (2002)
porn called "Mission: Inpenetrable"
Metal Slug 4 (2002) (Video Game)
The final mission starts with the main characters dropping into the enemy headquarters on a rope
Andi Ommsen ist der letzte Lude (2003)
Dialog when Timo acts as Slobo in the bar
High Hopes: Mission Impossible (2003) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei: Sabotage (2004) (TV Episode)
The movie is mentioned by Jan
Tripping the Rift: Totally Recalled (2004) (TV Episode)
Referenced when Chode is crawling through ductspace
Main Hoon Na (2004)
A variation of the movie's scene is played
Top Gear: Episode #4.3 (2004) (TV Episode)
Title, Tom Cruise, Porsche, Audi TT and car chase mentioned by Jeremy and audience member
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: T-Shirt of the Living Dead (2004) (TV Episode)
Shake dresses in the attire from the iconic scene in this film and he suspends from the cieling to avoid lasers when stealing something, like in this film.
Game Over: 'Resident Evil' Reanimated (2004) (Video)
This title is referenced.
Film Geek (2005)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) (TV Movie)
DVD in video store
Saturday Night Live: Jon Heder/Ashlee Simpson (2005) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Ferecito
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.82 (2006) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Hacker Cinema" category
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Of the Shanghai job, Luther says "Langley was a cakewalk compared to this" - a reference to the Langley break-in in the first Mission: Impossible.
Veronica Mars: Look Who's Stalking (2006) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Gia
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice: Episode #1.6 (2006) (TV Episode)
The theme music from this movie is played during the episode's introduction.
Time Trumpet: Episode #1.6 (2006) (TV Episode)
Fictional sequel talked about.
Pretty Cool (2006)
Howard's Tom Cruise dream mentions him "dropping silently down from the ceiling dressed in jet black"
Choi-gang lo-maen-seu (2007)
Choi wants an opening action shot "like an opening scene in 007 or in Mission Impossible"
Shouf shouf!: Kat van huis (2007) (TV Episode)
Uses the theme from this film
Dancing with the Stars: Episode #6.2 (2007) (TV Episode)
Fifi Box and Paul Green dance to the theme from this movie, and talk about it during their introduction.
Dancing with the Stars: Episode #6.5 (2007) (TV Episode)
In a segment on Fifi Box and Paul Green's rehearsal, the theme music from this movie is played when Fifi's radio partner arrives to give her some lessons.
Sivaji (2007)
Movie poster is seen in theater
St. Trinian's (2007)
Scene in museum; mention is made of Tom Cruise
Baghead (2008)
movie on shelf
The Parody Video Tom Cruise Wants You to See (2008) (Video)
the background music in Jerry's Tom Cruise impersonation video is music from this movie series which starred Cruise
The Fairly OddParents: Mission: Responsible/Hairicane (2008) (TV Episode)
The episode title as well as title card pay homage to this film (the scene in the title card is based on the film rather than the show). Cosmo also says "Your mission, if you choose to accept it".
Schnitzelparadijs - De serie: Vreemd vlees (2008) (TV Episode)
The updated Mission: Impossible theme from this film is heard in the background in one scene.
Schnitzelparadijs - De serie: Ali Goes to Bollywood (2008) (TV Episode)
The updated Mission: Impossible theme from this film is heard in one scene
Schnitzelparadijs - De serie: Kofi (2008) (TV Episode)
The updated Mission: Impossible theme is played when the immigration police enter.
The Game (2008) (Video Game)
Tom Cruise is referred to as "Mission Impossible."
NCIS: Cloak (2008) (TV Episode)
DiNozzo: "suddenly I see myself dangling from wires"
90210: Help Me, Rhonda (2009) (TV Episode)
Movie Ethan brings Rhonda
The next Uri Geller - Unglaubliche Phänomene live: Das Finale (2009) (TV Episode)
Uri Geller mentioned one contestant's perfomance looked like Mission: Impossible
Heartland: The Ties That Bind (2009) (TV Episode)
When Ty Picks a lock, he said he has seen every Mission Impossible movie
Muchachada nui: Episode #3.5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Opening credits typography in segment 'John Travolta y Tom Cruise Presentan Muchachada Nui'
Total Wipeout: Episode #2.5 (2009) (TV Episode)
One of the contestants is a Tom Cruise look-alike, so he mentions the Cruise incarnation of the franchise.
Cleanflix (2009)
video shown on shelf
Jeopardy!: Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Quarterfinal 1 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in a $1,600 clue in the category "'People' Sexiest Man Alive"
The Amazing Race: Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound! (2009) (TV Episode)
While rapelling face first down a building, one contestant yells, "Step aside Tom Cruise"
Tosh.0: Risky Business Girls (2010) (TV Episode)
Girls recreate a scene from the film
30 Rock: Future Husband (2010) (TV Episode)
downloading a computer file surrepetitiously, Jonathan sings to himself to the tune of the theme music
Fringe: Over There: Part 1 (2010) (TV Episode)
One of the characters remarks that a room they enter is "very 'Mission: Impossible.'" Like the first Mission: Imposisble movie, the majority of the mission-going characters die early in the mission.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Knight and Day/I Am Love/The Killer Inside Me (2010) (TV Episode)
Justin Chang mentions Tom Cruise's role as Ethan Hunt in this movie
Tangled (2010)
Flynn drops into the castle throne room to steal the princess' crown, spoofing this film
The Beekeepers (2010)
Gary lists films that feature wireless earpeices.
Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey/The Black Keys (2011) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Grady
The Ricky Gervais Show: Art (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Stephen
Fast Five (2011)
Roman says: - This just went from "mission: impossible" to "mission: frickin insanity"
Nikita: Betrayals (2011) (TV Episode)
Ryan Fletcher tells Nikita that not even Tom Cruise on a harness could break into the SCIF room at the CIA - presumably referring to "Mission: Impossible".
The Super Hero Squad Show: When Strikes the Surfer! (2011) (TV Episode)
M.O.D.O.K. is lowered on wires to steal an object like Tom Cruise, only M.O.D.O.K. can't reach it.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Mercenary for Justice (2011) (TV Episode)
"Mission: Impossible was easier to follow than this."
Tosh.0: Redneck Stuntman (2011) (TV Episode)
A still is shown
Brain Games: Watch This! (2011) (TV Episode)
The narrator mentions this movie by name as Mission Impossible series
Arthur Christmas (2011)
One of the elves is lowered by rope into a child's home, in a scene very reminiscent of the scene where Tom Cruise drops into the CIA safe room with arms and legs splayed.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.9 (2012) (TV Episode)
The phrase "mission im-pool-sible" is used in reference to a story about "Tom Cruise' swimming.
The Darkness II (2012) (Video Game)
"Your mission, if you choose to accept it".
Mad: Garfield of My Dreams/I Hate My Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) (TV Episode)
Tom Cruise visions Dennis Mitchell as Ethan Hunt from this movie.
Dancing with the Stars: Episode #12.4 (2012) (TV Episode)
In the highlights of Johnny Ruffo and Luda Kroitor's rehearsals, Johnny says that he feels like Tom Cruise because learning the Salsa is Mission: Impossible.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.101 (2012) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions the movie by name.
Breaking In: The Nat'ral (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.145 (2012) (TV Episode)
The phrase 'mission possible" is used in conjunction with Tom Cruise.
Revenge: Resurrection (2012) (TV Episode)
Henry Czerny makes a reference that he feels like Job from the Bible. He starred in Tom Cruise film, Mission Impossible (1996, where he played IMF director Eugene Kittridge, and went up against an antagonist code-named Job who communicated by lifting passages from the Bible.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.157 (2012) (TV Episode)
The phrase "mission impossible" is used in reference to Tom Cruise.
Lab Rats: Mission Invisible (2012) (TV Episode)
episode title was derived from older series title
The Dirties (2013)
Video case is shown in Matt's room.
Raising Hope: Sex, Clown and Videotape (2013) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jimmy
Mad: James Bond: Reply All/Randy Savage: 9th Grade Wrestler (2013) (TV Episode)
Ethan Hunt is among Silver's hit list.
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
title mentioned by Gru
Grand Theft Auto V (2013) (Video Game)
The Bureau Raid mission is similar to the CIA HQ heist in this film
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Halloween (2013) (TV Episode)
Amy is lowered into Holt's room like in the film.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.64 (2014) (TV Episode)
Jay asks civilians whether they would be better in a "Mission: Impossible-type film" or a "Da Vinci Code-type film"
King of the Nerds: Nerds to the Rescue (2014) (TV Episode)
Xander mentions this movie by name
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
Dominic's robbery in Dublin - dangling from the ceiling and evading a laser maze - references the first Mission: Impossible movie.
The Amazing Race: Can't Make Fish Bite (2014) (TV Episode)
the Globetrotters mention Mission Impossible and Tom Cruise
Ménage à trois: 60 jours sur Mea Culpa (2014) (Video)
mentioned by director Fred Cavayé: they have practically make "Mission Impossible"
Jessie: The Telltale Duck (2014) (TV Episode)
Bertram talks about being a secret government agent and Jessie says: ''Slow your roll, lame Bond.'' which is a reference to both James Bond and the movie.
Tosh.0: Redneck Rappers (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tosh
Mousetrap 2 (2014)
Break into cafe scenes are homage to Mission Impossible
Paddington (2014)
When Paddington climbs the chimney with the hoovers, the Mission: Impossible theme is heard.
Back of the Nation: Episode #1.16 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Einav
Pinewood: 80 Years of Movie Magic (2015) (TV Movie)
Title is written on a wall
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Tom Cruise (2015) (TV Episode)
Cruise states that it's the first film he ever produced.
Opinions: Worst Movie Ever (2015) (TV Episode)
Show Leose Marese: Episode #1.5 (2015) (TV Episode)
Leos Mares mentioned it.
How It Should Have Ended: How Ant Man Should Have Ended (2015) (TV Episode)
Pym compares his heist plans to that of Mission Impossible

Featured in 

1997 MTV Movie Awards (1997) (TV Special)
Clips shown in Best Action Sequence category
Coming Attractions: The History of the Movie Trailer (2009)
Part or all of the trailer is shown and discussed.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Mission Impossible II (2010) (TV Episode)
recalls the original
20 to 1: Blockbuster Heroes (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Ethan Hunt.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Shrek Forever After/Survival of the Dead/Holy Rollers (2010) (TV Episode)
"Screenwriter's Bag of Tricks" segment
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.77 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is included in a montage of Tom Cruise films
Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
Hollywood's Top Ten: Movies Based on TV Shows (2011) (TV Episode)
Taking #8 as the top movies based on TV shows
Nostalgia Critic: The Top 11 Awesome Movie Themes (2012) (TV Episode)
this movie's theme ranks at #9
Top 40 Ultimate Action Movies (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 15 in the Countdown


Spoofed in 

D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
When the Ducks sneak into the dormitory of the Varsity team players, to repay them for the last prank, the music of the film is played on the background.
Spice World (1997)
Who Am I? (1998)
Spy Fox in Cheese Chase (1998) (Video Game)
Spy Fox levitates in the air with cable wires in the same fashion as Tom Cruise from this movie.
The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #3.1 (1999) (TV Episode)
Scene where Tom Cruise is lowered into the vault is reenacted with a mannequin in the wax museum segment.
Kung Fu Kenobi's Big Adventure (1999) (Short)
Music, Camera Work
Bring It On (2000)
Lenny Henry in Pieces (2000) (TV Series)
The Lone Gunmen: Pilot (2001) (TV Episode)
The suspending-wire break-in scene.
D4G (2001) (Video)
the character of Tom Cruise
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Star Ballz (2001) (Video)
Scene is spoofed.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Smashed (2001) (TV Episode)
Andrew rappels from the ceiling in the opening scene.
South Park: Fun with Veal (2002) (TV Episode)
Stan is lowered into a barn the same way as Tom Cruise is in Mission Impossible
Baxter and Bananas in Monkey See Monkey Don't (2002) (Short)
The theme song is parodied
Fat Slags (2004)
Tracey drops down through an air shaft and hangs from the ceiling like Tom Cruise
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004) (Video)
Segment "Christmas: Impossible" features a character lowered into a room by a rope
The Karate Dog (2005) (TV Movie)
the dog hangs from the ceiling like Tom Cruise
Hoodwinked! (2005)
Spoofs sweat dropping sequence
Superhero Movie (2008)
A Tom Cruise Look-alike speaks while the Mission Impossible theme is played.
Family Guy: I Dream of Jesus (2008) (TV Episode)
The scene where Brian lowers Stewie to steal Peter's record while he is sleeping is directly taken from the movie.
The Starter Wife: The Diary of a Mad Ex-Housewife (2008) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in one of Molly's fantasies.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Flint almost crashes into the "peanut hole" and he stops at the last time by a rope.
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
When Naveen and Tiana fall from the balloon, Tiana nearly hits the ground but is suspended just over it by the spider webs she gets tangled up in, spoofing the shot of Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible."
The Cleveland Show: The Curious Case of Jr. Working at the Stool (2010) (TV Episode)
Cleveland Jr. drops from the ceiling and cuts Cleveland's mustache off
Toy Story 3 (2010)
When Woody drops from the tree he is temporarily suspended inches from the ground.
Nikita: Free (2011) (TV Episode)
Birkhoff mockingly calls Ryan Fletcher "mini Ethan Hunt".
The Lorax (2012)
One parody scene with same melody.
The Ricky Gervais Show: Bryan's Brain (2012) (TV Episode)
Tom Cruise appears in "Mission Impossible 7"
Breaking In: The Nat'ral (2012) (TV Episode)
The hanging on wires break-in scene is reenacted.
Kummeli V (2014)
One of Jouni's plans to rob the store is a spoof of this film.
Family Guy: Fresh Heir (2014) (TV Episode)
"Mission: Impossible 5"
American Dad!: Honey, I'm Homeland (2014) (TV Episode)
Hayley drops down from the ceiling to spy on Stan's computer
Robot Chicken: Walking Dead Lobster (2014) (TV Episode)
Parody skit
Sunset Overdrive (2014) (Video Game)
One of the respawn animations mimics the famous cable hanging scene.
Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission Implausible (2014)
Filemón horizontally hanging like Ethan Hunt in the film, complete with a few notes of the Mission: Impossible theme.
Argo 2 (2015)
Spoofs a scene or character

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