Mission: Impossible: Season 3, Episode 4

The Mercenaries (27 Oct. 1968)

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A mercenary army in Central Africa led by Krim is destabilizing the region, and stockpiling stolen gold. Phelps and the IMF capitalize on Krim's greed, and manipulate him into arranging the... See full summary »



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Colonel Hans Krim
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Major January Gruner
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A mercenary army in Central Africa led by Krim is destabilizing the region, and stockpiling stolen gold. Phelps and the IMF capitalize on Krim's greed, and manipulate him into arranging the theft of his own gold bullion stored in a seemingly impenetrable vault. Written by em

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In order to steal the gold the IMF team heats the vault hot enough to melt the gold bars (2200 degrees F). Yet, immediately after getting the gold, they spray paint over the walls and floor. The paint would burn, or at least blister if sprayed on the heated walls. When Krim enters the vault he doesn't notice the heat or the smell of paint. It would take at least 36 hours for the walls to cool to room temperature. See more »


Person on Tape: Good afternoon, Mr. Phelps. You're looking at Colonel Hans Krim, the leader of a mercenary army currently ravaging Equatorial Africa. Ostensibly, Krim fights for the cause of emerging nations, but, in reality, he is nothing but a military gangster who plunders ally and enemy alike. Krim and his mercenaries have converted their loot into gold bars, which are kept within the enclave used as headquarters. Your mission, Jim, is to destroy Krim and return the gold. As always, should you or any of ...
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Familiar cast, some in early roles. Pernell Roberts seemed to be an expert in roles where he looked like Fidel Castro and played the part in a similar vein as to how we Americans view him. The best part of this story comes at the end where you can compare the difference between corruptible and non corruptible. A bit of blood in this one, but of the non offensive variety. The crux of the episode is the IMF trying to steal a large amount of Gold Bullion from a military man out to take over his country by force. If they can get the gold, they can possibly stop a revolution as the rebels will now not ave their financing. The key line is when Phelps refers to the gold as "your gold" to the General but is corrected by the number 2 man who says that "the gold belongs to all of the soldiers and not one man". Points are removed purely because the ending is telegraphed.

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