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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.
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 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.
Jeremy Renner does the signature jump-and-hang-in-air stunt that Tom Cruise did in Mission: Impossible (1996).
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.
Brad Bird's live-action directorial debut.
The Burj Khalifa Hotel mentioned in the movie is the Armani Hotel Dubai - the first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani.
The code Ethan uses at the pay phone to get his latest mission is actor Tom Cruise's birthday, 07362.
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.
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.
This is the first film to use the 100th Anniversary Paramount logo. Each movie in the MI series has used a different Paramount logo.
Dermot Mulroney plays cello in the scoring orchestra for this movie. Mulroney, who is better-known as an actor (Longtime Companion, My Best Friend's Wedding, About Schmidt, etc.) is also a classical cellist who occasionally plays in recording sessions for soundtracks.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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).
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This is the first film in the series to be released in IMAX.
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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.
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The IMF team makes extensive use of Apple products, such as the iPhone, the iPad and the MacBook Air. Producer J.J. Abrams is a vocal supporter of Apple products.
Anthony Mackie, Christopher Egan, Kevin Zegers, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy were considered to play Brandt.
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The class ring Trevor Hanaway (Josh Holloway) uses to tranquilize the courier is a Jostens Magnum class ring with a sapphire stone.
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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.
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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)).
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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.
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Kristin Kreuk and Lauren German were considered to play Jane Carter.
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Michael Giacchino is the first composer to score more than one movie of the series.
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For its 70mm IMAX engagement, the film played with no previews, save for the six-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
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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.
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Jacinda Barrett auditioned for a role and even revealed some information about the project's reboot direction.
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25 minutes of the film was shot in IMAX 70mm.
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Director Trademark 

Brad Bird:  [A113]  Ethan Hunt's code number, and the number seen on a class ring. A113 is a frequent Pixar in-joke based on one of the room numbers for the animation program at Cal Arts. Brad Bird worked for Pixar, and he has worked an "A113" reference into every one of his feature films, as well as some of his television work.

Spoilers 

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 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.
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.
In an interesting nod to the first Mission: Impossible (1996) film, Ethan reveals to Brandt that the Croatia disaster and Julie's death was faked in order to flush out a mole. In the first film, Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) told Ethan the same thing behind the Prague assignment disaster.
This is the first installment in the series where none of the villains are, or used to be, IMF agents.
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.
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.
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Only Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames have been featured in all four 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).
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