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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

Writers:

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 ... 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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One man has one chance to do the impossible. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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

The plot of this film hinges around the potential release of the NOC list. Traditionally, when a spy is caught, the spy's home country will admit that the person was a spy, and get that person back by releasing a spy they have captured from the same country that captured theirs. A NOC agent, or Non-Official Cover, is disavowed by his or her own country should he be captured - which essentially means he would be executed as an unauthorized spy. Thus, this list falling into the wrong hands would result in several spies being killed. The concern about blowing such an agent's cover is also no longer just a fantasy concocted for a film: Valerie Plame Wilson was a NOC agent, and her public outing as a spy jeopardized many operations she was working on, as shown in the film Fair Game (2010). See more »

Goofs

Sarah marks Golitsyn by spraying something on his hair on the right hand side of his head. The mark is visible to Hannah through her adapted glasses. However, in later shots it changes shape as he moves. Clearly, a post-production add-on. See more »

Quotes

[Ethan Hunt has just discovered that arms-dealer Max is a woman]
Max: Anonymity... is like a warm blanket.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits contain several plot points from the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Larry David/The 1975 (2016) 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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8/10
29 December 2005 | by sHERIFFOFSHERIFFSTOWNSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie since I was like, 10, so I decided to watch it again- since I didn't really know sh*t about films back in the day, and passed this off as just another Tom Cruise film. Wrong. I put this into my VCR last night (I bought it for about a dollar at a used store- it was much cheaper than renting it) and I expected the worst. Normally I try to stay neutral, but knowing Tom Cruise, and knowing the kind of films he does- such as Top Gun (thats right, I said it) I just didn't know what to expect, or remember enough of it to pass judgment on it. However, I am a huge DePalma fan, and love his style (which is just a LITTLE different than Hitchcocks, I understand). Well anyway, This is about a crew of spies, namely the point man named Ethan Hunt. While on a mission, every one of his members are killed, and he is framed with being a corrupt agent. Hunt, to clear his name and get his parents out of jail, sets out for the real mole by way of the book of job. Overall, this is a film is one of Tom Cruis' best. He doesn't have many, mind you, but this is one of the few. Brian DePalma DOES NOT disappoint either. This movie looks and feels awesome. The direction is awesome, and it has the little "DePalma" trademark that we all love (or just me?). If you want a mindless action flick, watch mission impossible 2- if you want one with a semi-complex storyline (I don't even know if I would call it that. Not that hard to follow, but certainly more hard to follow than Mission Impossible 2)- watch mission impossible. 8/10


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