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Tom Cruise performed the sequence where Ethan Hunt scales the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower himself without the use of a stunt double. The Burj Khalifa tower is the tallest building in the world with 2,722 ft or 829.8 meters. Cruise dangled outside the tower at so-so 1,700 feet, or 518 meters.
(at around 1h 25 mins) The actor that hands Ethan the black mask to place over his head to meet the arms dealer appeared in the first Mission: Impossible (1996) movie, giving him the same style mask when he is being taken to meet Max, an arms dealer.
The film made $693 million at the box office worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing installment in the franchise. It also surpassed War of the Worlds (2005) to become Tom Cruise's highest grossing film as of 2012.
The windows removed from Burj Khalifa were carefully chipped away by two workers with hammers, working from a window washing platform outside the building.
During the filming of production, Tom Cruise did the majority of his own stunts including the skyscraper sequence(s) to show the audience it was actually him. This would allow director Brad Bird to have more capabilities with camera angles & not having to hide the fact it is a stuntman doing the stunts.
Jeremy Renner stated that working with Tom Cruise was a dream come true since he's always idolized him as an actor. Renner did mention Cruise is a great actor but even more a nicer guy.
According to Tom Cruise, he was happy to hear that they were using a subtitle in the film's heading instead of a number like the prior two films did. Cruise has never been a fan of a number at the end of the film's sequel titles as he's always considered each film as a stand alone feature in the Mission: Impossible film franchise.
Brad Bird's live-action directorial debut.
(at around 1h 40 mins) Jeremy Renner does the signature jump-and-hang-in-air stunt that Tom Cruise did in Mission: Impossible (1996).
The high-tech car that 'Ethan Hunt' drives near the end of the film is the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car. It is an actual prototype of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid that will enter production in late 2013. The concept car is powered by a 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine and two electric motors.
Dermot Mulroney plays cello in the scoring orchestra for this movie. Mulroney, who is better-known as an actor (Longtime Companion (1989), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), About Schmidt (2002), etc.) is also a classical cellist who occasionally plays in recording sessions for soundtracks.
Jeremy Renner was offered the role of Jackson Lamb in Super 8 (2011) (eventually taken by Kyle Chandler) but took the role of Brandt when J.J. Abrams told him that Tom Cruise and Brad Bird were interested with him. When accepting the role, Renner was only briefed on the film and character outline as there was no script at that point.
(at around 17 mins) The code Ethan uses at the pay phone to get his latest mission is actor Tom Cruise's birthday, 07362.
The Burj Khalifa Hotel mentioned in the movie is the Armani Hotel Dubai - the first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani.
The Indian Palace Scene was shot in Zabeel Saray Palm Jumeirah (Dubai). The hotel was still under soft pre-opening during the shooting period, which took three days.
25 minutes of the film was shot in IMAX 70mm.
The indoor water fountains in the Indian Palace use special laminar flow nozzles to launch streams of water with no turbulence. Special valves are used to "cut" the water into discrete segments. Similar fountain technology is used in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas.
This is the first film to use the 100th Anniversary Paramount logo. Each movie in the MI series has used a different Paramount logo.
(at around 1h 28 mins) In the scene when Ethan is taken to see the Russian arms dealer by the guy Ethan helped break out of the Russian prison, the wooden crates in the background are clearly stamped with the name, "Yu-ri" in letters from the Korean alphabet. Yuri (after Yuri Gorbachev) is the name often used in fictional and real-life spy books and movies to refer to Russian and/or Soviet spies, or the former KGB in general.
This is the first film in the series to be released in IMAX.
So far, this is the longest installment in the series, running at 132 minutes.
When Brad Bird agreed to direct the movie, he asked J.J. Abrams for the screenplay, and Abrams would be reluctant to show it to him, saying that Bird would have a lot of freedom in doing the scenes. After Bird finally asked Abrams for real for the screenplay, the producer admitted that they had several drafts, but nothing definitive at that point, and that Bird should take that opportunity to give as much input as he wanted. According to Bird, the script went through major changes even after the start of production. For instance, during the scene in the van after Ethan's escape from prison, the team was originally unaware of the situation and unsure how to proceed, which Bird blamed on the fact that even he did not have an overview of the plot. This was later re-shot when the direction of the plot became clear. The original scene can be viewed as a deleted scene on the BluRay edition.
(at around 21 mins) Agent Carter releases a red balloon, with a camera attached to its knot, to drop a device within the outer walls of the Kremlin Palace. As the plot deals with Russian nuclear weapons, this is a nudge to the 80's German pop song "99 Luftballons," in which a flurry of red balloons pushes a trigger-happy general to launch several nukes and incite World War III.
Additional shots were filmed with Benji (Simon Pegg) and the Kremlin guard, the latter coming so dangerously close to the rear-projection screen that he nearly discovers the ruse. Producer and star Tom Cruise had insisted on filming these, as he was afraid that they didn't get the maximum amount of suspense from the scene. In the end, director Brad Bird had the shots deleted because it just seemed too improbable that the guard could get so close to the screen without detecting it.
Was originally targeted for a mid-May 2011 release, with J.J. Abrams to direct. However, pre-production delays and script rewrites delayed the film, while at the same time, Abrams was busy working on his Super 8 (2011) film, prompting him to back out from directing, but still remain on producing duties.
For its 70mm IMAX engagement, the film played with no previews, save for the six-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Anthony Mackie, Christopher Egan, Kevin Zegers, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy were considered to play Brandt.
Ruben Fleischer and Edgar Wright (a friend of Simon Pegg) were also considered for directing duties. Wright backed out as he was in post-production of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Brad Bird was selected because of his work on The Incredibles (2004), which also contains similar themes of espionage. Michael Giacchino, the film's composer also previously worked with Bird on that film and Ratatouille (2007).
In its 425-theater opening weekend, it grossed $13 million, setting the record of the highest-grossing opening weekend in less than 600 theaters (previously held by Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)).
The cars visible in the moving-camera shot of valet parking in Mumbai are, in counterclockwise order from bottom left: Ferrari Enzo, Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Ferrari F430, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin DB9, BMW M6, and three white Rolls Royce Phantoms.
(at around 9 mins) The only film in the series where the opening credits involving the lighting of a fuse and the Mission Impossible theme, is actually part of the opening sequence. In all the other movies, from Mission Impossible (1996) to Rogue Nation (2015), the opening credit is used as a cut between two scenes or two different events. Ghost Protocol is the only movie that makes the opening credit part of the action by having one of the characters (Carter) light the fuse.
The IMF team makes use of Apple products, such as multiple iPhones, iPads, and a MacBook Air. Producer J.J. Abrams is a vocal supporter of Apple products.
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner and Josh Holloway are each left-handed.
The first Mission: Impossible film not to be produced by Paula Wagner.
In Dubai, Tom Cruise is wearing a pair of glasses seen briefly in the train when the team is arming up for the mission. The same glasses are worn while scaling the hotel and are in fact Oakley Split Jackets, modified of course. They have clear frames with a special wind gasket and elastic strap which you can get for the standard models. Unfortunately, the glasses featured in the movie are one of a kind and are not available to the public.
Kristin Kreuk and Lauren German were considered to play Jane Carter.
Agent Carter is also the name of Hayley Atwell's character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which she is one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jeremy Renner also plays a S.H.I.E.L.D agent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe known as Clint Barton or by his superhero alias Hawkeye.
(at around 14 mins) The class ring Trevor Hanaway (Josh Holloway) uses to tranquilize the courier is a Jostens Magnum class ring with a sapphire stone.
The opening scene originally consisted of a younger Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) preparing the speech about nuclear endgames, the one he can later be seen giving to Congress in Ethan's mission report. However, the scene didn't work as intended, and was scrapped in favor of a more action-oriented opening.
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(at around 44 mins) When the Russian investigators are reviewing the files of the two prisoners who escaped from prison the same day as the Kremlin bombing, Ethan Hunt's false identity is revealed to be Sergei Ivanov. In real life, Sergei Ivanov is a Russian senior official and statesman.
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Michael Giacchino is the first composer to score more than one movie of the series.
(at around 1h 25 mins) The pipe seen to be smoked by a man at the docks is a tobacco blend popular around the United Arab Emirates called 'Medwakh' or 'Dokha'.
During the Indian palace scene Ethan's code name is Jupiter. In Roman mythology Jupiter represents the Greek god Zeus, king of the gods. Jane goes by the code name Venus which in roman mythology represents the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
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(at around 1h 35 mins) When Benji (Simon Pegg) was addressed by his call sign Pluto, he replies, "Isn't Pluto no longer a planet?". This is factually true. On 13 September 2006, the IAU (International Astronomers Union) declared Pluto a non-planet status as it fails one of the three conditions for a definition of a planet.
Jacinda Barrett auditioned for a role and even revealed some information about the project's reboot direction.
Paula Patton's character in MI:4 was Carter, which is possibly a tribute to Barbara Bain, who played Cinnamon Carter on the TV series.
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Director Trademark 

Brad Bird: [A113] Ethan uses the call sign "Alpha 113" and "A113" appears on Hanaway's ring. A113 is a frequent in-joke and Easter egg appearing in films produced by Pixar as well as films created by alumni of California Institute of the Arts, based on one of the room numbers for the character animation BFA program. Director Brad Bird is both a Cal Arts alumnus and Pixar movie director, and he has worked an "A113" reference into every one of his feature films, as well as some of his television work.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Jeremy Renner's character Brandt, was specifically created as the eventual replacement for Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt for when Cruise decides to step away from the franchise.
at around 2h 5 mins) At the end of the film, Ethan receives instructions for his next mission, which involves a terrorist organization called "the Syndicate." This is a nod to the original 1966 Mission: Impossible (1966) television series, where the Syndicate was the Mafia-like crime empire used as an enemy for most of IMF's domestic-based missions. It is also a teaser for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).
In an interesting nod to the first Mission: Impossible (1996) film, Ethan reveals to Brandt that the Croatia disaster and Julie's death were faked in order to flush out a mole. In the first film, Ethan is involved in the Prague disaster which was a mission with the same objective. And Ethan, like Brandt, wasn't aware of the real mission until people were dead. In both cases, details were revealed later by a superior. In Ethan's case, it was former IMF director Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny).
This is the first installment in the series where none of the villains are, or used to be, IMF agents.
As seen in the final shot of the second theatrical trailer, a big missile flies over San Francisco and apparently heads towards the Emeryville area - the location of Pixar headquarters.
at around 1h 55 mins) The building grazed by the warhead is the Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco's signature skyscraper. The windowless cap at the top is covered by aluminum panels and is only decorative, containing no office space.
Only Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames have been featured in all five Mission: Impossible films, while Simon Pegg and Michelle Monaghan are the only actors (besides Cruise and Rhames) to reprise their roles from the prior third installment Mission: Impossible III (2006). Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner would actually move on to reprise their role in Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
at around 1h 23 mins) Ethan Hunt sets up a meet with a Russian arms dealer over the phone, using a Dunhill lighter as the signal. This may be a clue that the meet isn't everything it first appears to be, as Jim Phelps used a Dunhill lighter in Mission: Impossible (1996). And, in fact, the audience learns after the climax that Hunt intended for the arms dealer to rat him out to the Russians all along, so they would believe the actual plot.
Only Mission: Impossible film not to feature any hero wearing full masks. Ethan wears some make up during the Kremlin scene. A villain wears a full mask later in the film.
The scene shot in India where Ethan drives through the streets was actually shot with Indians who are all fans of Tom Cruise.
The India night busy downtown chase scene, as well as the near end scene where Ethan (Tom Cruise) and his 'still-alive' wife make eye contact are shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; The former around the downtown convention center, and the latter at 'Granville Market'. The scene in Moscow where Ethan is informed about his mission and his team is also filmed in Vancouver.
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at around 20 mins) In one scene, Benji said that he wanted to wear a mask, he gets to wear one in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).

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