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Episode credited cast:
Max Harte (as Tony Hamilton)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Dance ...
Prime Minister
Reg Evans ...
Sydney Jackson ...
Father Thomas Vallis
Grigor Taylor ...
Defense Minster Ivan Savitch
Simon Westaway ...
Lt. Muler
Ruth Yaffe ...
Flower Lady


Self-declared Defence Minister Ivan Savitch, operating in a Baltic country without the consent of its democratically elected Prime Minister, is responsible for the death or imprisonment of more than one hundred dissidents. Savitch has, however, recently learned that someone has kept records of his atrocities over the years and hidden them away in an ancient relic, the Cross of St. Bonaface, which, since then, has been stolen from his county's National Museum. Savitch is convinced that the man behind the theft is Father Thomas Vallis, a priest who has openly criticized Savitch and his methods. Despite no evidence to confirm this theory, Savitch has imprisoned Vallis in the notorious prison of "The Tower." There he will remain until he either talks or dies. Jim Phelps and his team of agents are assigned to the mission of freeing Father Vallis from the high security prison. In addition, they must find the hidden records of all of Savitch's crimes - records which will, undoubtedly, put ... Written by Anonymous

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12 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Carbon 14 dating is very inaccurate if the test sample has ever been wet with water. See more »


Carbon-14 dating is used to estimate the age of organic remains about 58,000 to 62,000 years old, therefore it can't be used as suggested by Jim Phelps in this story. See more »


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Braun: [while chasing a thief] To the right!
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Little Style & Very Little Substance
16 March 2013 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Mission: Impossible team members mobilize to free crusading priest Thomas Vallis (Ivar Kants) from imprisonment in a mountain top citadel in an oppressive Baltic state. Vallis knows the location of a sacred artifact within which a microchip containing proof of the crimes of the regime is hidden.

As usual team members adopt false identities to run a sting operation on the baddies. Shannon Reed (Jane Badler) portrays a circus performer, Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) pretends to be owner/operator of a traveling sideshow and Nicholas Black (Thaao Penghlis) pretends to be a Vatican antiques expert.

Meanwhile Grant Collier (Phil Morris) and Max Harte (Anthony Hamilton) pose as a cleaning crew and climb the mountain to attempt to infiltrate the citadel finding and evading multiple booby-traps.

TV shows didn't have the budget or the stars or special effects or even the luxury of long pre-production schedules that feature films have had. So they relied on writing, performances, production tricks and imagination. When it comes to this show a lot of what the viewer is seeing was pioneered on the original Mission: Impossible (1966-1973).

But what is shown here doesn't make a lot of sense. For instance as it unfolds there doesn't appear to be any good reason why Nick has to infiltrate the citadel in a very elaborate way to get the priest out if Grant and Max are also infiltrating the citadel in a completely different way.

The absurdity of the nonsensical circus scene conclusion is nearly beyond description. Much of what leads up to appears to be staged both to give each character something to do and to provide footage for an enticing but misleading trailer to lure in viewers.

It would appear the use of flashy guest stars was sacrificed in order to properly stage this episode with its more elaborate set. In place of well-known American stars they made do quite nicely with talented Australian actors.

Seldom were any of actors from down under appearing on this show anything other than top flight. But they did not serve to diminish the Australianess of a show that was supposed to be American. Ivar Kants was also an Aussie actor they had used as a completely different character in an episode ("Legacy") from the previous season.

By this point in the series it is apparent that the ratings remained a tad limp which is why there are gratuitous shots of Jane Badler's décolletage. Even the shot from the opening titles montage of her dripping wet scaling a boat ladder in a zip-up swimsuit zipped down was moved up in sequence so it is the second shot people see in that montage.

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