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Mission: Impossible (1996)

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An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.

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Brian De Palma

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Bruce Geller (television series), David Koepp (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Ethan Hunt
Jon Voight ... Jim Phelps
Emmanuelle Béart ... Claire (as Emmanuelle Beart)
Henry Czerny ... Kittridge
Jean Reno ... Krieger
Ving Rhames ... Luther
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Sarah Davies (as Kristin Scott-Thomas)
Vanessa Redgrave ... Max
Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Hannah
Valentina Yakunina ... Drunken Female IMF Agent
Marek Vasut ... Drunken Male IMF Agent
Nathan Osgood Nathan Osgood ... Kittridge Technician
John McLaughlin ... TV Interviewer
Rolf Saxon ... CIA Analyst William Donloe
Karel Dobrý ... Matthias
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Storyline

Based on the hit T.V. series. Jim Phelps was sent to Prague for a mission to prevent the theft of classified material. His wife Claire and his trusted partner Ethan Hunt were members of Phelps' team. Unfortunately, something went horribly wrong and the mission failed, leaving Ethan Hunt the lone survivor. After he reported the failed mission, Kettridge the head of the agency suspects Ethan of being the culprit for the failed mission. Now, Ethan uses unorthodox methods (Which includes the aid of an arms dealer going by the name "Max") to try to find who set him up and to clear his name. Written by John Wiggins

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Expect the Impossible See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Czech

Release Date:

22 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mission: Impossible See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,436,830, 22 May 1996

Gross USA:

$180,981,856

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$457,696,359
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez both also appeared together in The Outsiders (1983). Cruise also had a cameo in Young Guns (1988), which starred Estevez. See more »

Goofs

The Eurostar train is an electric train (like most trains in western Europe), which usually runs on 25'000 volt overhead lines. This makes the scene on top of the train, and a helicopter landing on the roof of the train, impossible. Until a proper overhead line was installed on the English side, though, the Eurostar train had a capability to run on a third rail system using 750v, which is common in England. See more »

Quotes

Ethan Hunt: Can I ask you something, Kittridge? If you're dealing with a man who has crushed, shot, stabbed, and detonated five members of his own IMF team, how devastated do you think you're gonna make him by hauling Mom and Uncle Donald down to the county courthouse?
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The opening credits contain several plot points from the movie. See more »

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The in-joke where Tom Cruise goes online with his laptop by typing in, not Usenet, but Crusenet, has been changed in the US DVD versions to where he types "internet access." See more »


Soundtracks

Theme From Mission: Impossible
By Lalo Schifrin
Performed by Larry Mullen Jr. & Adam Clayton
Produced by Larry Mullen Jr. with David Beal
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
Contains sample from the original soundtrack recording of "Mission: Impossible Theme"
Conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records and Paramount Pictures
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Not really THAT confusing

I first saw Mission: Impossible when I was 15 and I didn't have a Scooby what the hell was going on. And I considered myself to be smarter than the average bear. In retrospect, it's not that muddled. In comparison to the very-dumbed down sequel it stands out as a better example of film-making made by a director who doesn't underestimate the audience.

Brian De Palma is known to be a wildly inconsistent filmmaker. From the over-rated Carrie, to the under-rated Snake Eyes, the classic Untouchables and the downright hideous Mission to Mars and Scarface, he's been through just about everything. But Mission: Impossible was his first true mega-hit. Movies from TV shows are a dime a dozen these days and are rarely taken seriously, I mean look at trash like S.W.A.T. or Dukes of Hazard, but M:I is actually supposed to be a continuation of the show, rather than a spin-off.

Tom Cruise is Ethan Hunt (no, not cockney rhyming slang) an IMF agent who's entire team is killed in a phony sting operation in Prague. Accused of being a traitor he legs it before they can nab him and assembles a team of rogue operatives to find out who the REAL traitor is. Many double-crosses and double-double crosses ensue.

For those who cannot follow the plot there are some really good set-pieces with enough tension and excitement to carry the whole movie. You'll know by now the dangling scene in the top-secret room but the best scene in the movie is the high-speed train rocketing through the English countryside. While other directors might use this as a chance to show off, De Palma keeps it as realistic as possible which makes it infinitely more cooler.

Parts of the movie may seem a bit dated now and it's weird seeing Tom Cruise look like a little boy even though he was already 33. He even sounds different. And what kind of supervillian uses floppy discs? They could have tried something a bit more high-tech there.

The M:I franchise could be a helluva lot better, I suppose. The second film was terrible and the third merely average. But they're still better than the last few Bond outings, though it ain't quite up to the rugged quality of the Jason Bourne movies.

At least it got off to a good start. But can the world tolerate Cruise long enough to ever get a fourth made?


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