The key witness in the trial against mob boss Constantine Victor, aka "Mr. V," has been killed. Only Victor's close friend, casino manager Johnny Costa knows enough to send Victor to prison... See full summary »

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Arnie
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Constantine Victor
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The key witness in the trial against mob boss Constantine Victor, aka "Mr. V," has been killed. Only Victor's close friend, casino manager Johnny Costa knows enough to send Victor to prison for life. The IMF have 24 hours to convince Costa that he's the next name on Mr. V's hit list. Written by EEM

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26 January 1969 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The tape that gives Jim Phelps his instructions, at the beginning, ends with, "Please dispose of this tape in your usual manner." However, the tape usually has self-destructed before this episode. In previous and subsequent episodes, Jim, and Dan before him, would sometimes be told to destroy the tapes or recordings, and sometimes they would self-destruct. No reason is ever given for the inconsistency. See more »

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The check that Cinnamon cashed at the casino had no account numbers or imprinted name on it, only the name "City Bank and Trust". See more »

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Person on Tape: [voice on tape] Good morning, Mr. Phelps. The man you are looking at is Constantine Victor, the syndicate's boss contractor known to his associates as Mr. V. Recently, a grand jury indicted Victor for murder and he has been out on bail awaiting trial. Then yesterday, the prosecution's star witness was killed, and it appears the case will have to be dropped. Only one other man, Johnny Costa, Victor's close friend for over ten years, knows enough to convict Mr. V. Costa himself seems ...
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Remade as Mission: Impossible: The System (1988) See more »

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Superb direction and camera work
10 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Without doubt, some of the best direction and camera work I have seen in the series. In the sequence where Barney opens the safe, the camera swings INSIDE the safe as he grabs the money bag with a claw at the end of a long pole. Impressive! Another continuous tracking shot is used when placing the money back in the safe. These long, continuous shots add to the realism of each sequence.

The extreme close-up of the blackjack sequence is astonishing, with a gliding camera move long before steady-cam was available. They didn't even have video playback back then, making the clarity of the shot and the smoothness of its execution even more amazing to me (and on a TV budget!).

Overall, a great episode for Mission Impossible fans!


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