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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.

Director:

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 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 television series. Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) was sent to Prague for a mission to prevent the theft of classified material. His wife Claire (Emmanuelle Béart) and his trusted partner Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) were members of Phelps' team. Unfortunately, something went horribly wrong and the mission failed, leaving Ethan Hunt the seemingly lone survivor. After he reported the failed mission, Kittridge (Henry Czerny), 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" (Vanessa Redgrave)) to try to find who set him up and to clear his name. Written by John Wiggins

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The filmmakers delivered this movie on time and under budget with Tom Cruise doing most of his own stunts. See more »

Goofs

(at around 53 mins) When referring to the hardware necessary to break into CIA database, the Hunt group discusses about a new "686 experimental RISC" hardware. Although the reference could be totally fictional, it does remind of the way Intel used to brand their CPU back then, when 586 (or pentium) processors were the top of the line. The mistake is that the whole series of x86 processors were CISC processors and no RISC processor has ever been produced by Intel in the x86 series in the nineties. See more »

Quotes

Max: [Ethan is tied to a chair inside an apartment own by one of Max's friends] Who are you?... and *what* are you doing here?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Heartland: The Ties That Bind (2009) 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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Slick and stylish action flick
30 August 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Based on the TV show of the same name, Brian De Palma's stylish thriller stars Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt; a James Bond-esquire secret agent working for a certain section of the government. As the title suggests, many of the scenarios in the film are extremely unlikely; but then again, the film wouldn't be living up to it's title if they weren't. It's one thing to criticise it's stunts for being overblown, but if they weren't, critics would be on it's back and calling it things like 'Mission Possible', so really you've just got to go with it. Brian De Palma makes it easy to just 'go with it' by way of an intriguing plot line, a constant array of high-octane sequences and lots of his trademark style! The plot does get a little too convoluted for it's own good at times, and sometimes it's a little hard to follow; but it gives the film a good basis for all manner of impossibilities, so it serves it's purpose. We follow Ethan Hunt and his team. After a botched mission, Hunt finds himself on the run from his employers after being accused of disloyalty. Hunt must now pull out all the stops to stay one step ahead of his pursuers and get to the bottom of why their mission went wrong.

The film features a number of stunts, the best of which sees Tom Cruise breaking into the CIA via the roof. This sequence is brilliantly executed, with De Palma managing to inject bucketloads of suspense into the scene. This scene fits the tone of the film as it's brooding and cerebral, but the film ditches that idea for it's conclusion, which sees a bullet train, a helicopter and the Channel Tunnel combine to great effect! The problem with all these stunts is that the parts between the action sequences aren't all that interesting, and at times can slow the film down to walking pace. This isn't a big problem, however, because there's always more action around every corner and that keeps the film going. Tom Cruise obviously has charisma and can lead a film, but I often find it hard to buy him in action roles. This one suits him, though, as although his character is still more than capable, he comes off as being quite vulnerable, and lucky at times, and that suits Cruise's persona. On the whole, while this isn't a great film; it makes for good entertainment and if that's what you're in the mood for, Mission: Impossible wont disappoint.


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Release Date:

22 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,436,830, 26 May 1996

Gross USA:

$180,981,856

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$457,731,198
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2.39 : 1
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