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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ethan Hunt
... Jim Phelps
... Claire (as Emmanuelle Beart)
... Kittridge
... Krieger
... Luther
... Sarah Davies (as Kristin Scott-Thomas)
... Max
... Hannah
... Drunken Female IMF Agent
... Drunken Male IMF Agent
... Kittridge Technician
... TV Interviewer
... CIA Analyst William Donloe
... 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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Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mission Impossible  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This film and The Untouchables (1987) are not only director Brian De Palma''s highest grossing films, but both are reboots of television series distributed by Paramount Pictures. Furthermore, Paramount acquired the rights to the source series of both films from Desilu Productions. See more »

Goofs

The MD Helicopters 520N has a main rotor diameter of 8.3 meters or 27.4 feet. Each bore of the Channel Tunnel is 7.6 meters or 25 feet. See more »

Quotes

Jack Harmen: [describing his "special" gum to Ethan in a Prague safe house] Stick of gum, right?
[Ethan shakes his head. Jack demonstrates]
Jack Harmen: Red light, green light. Come up against a lock you can't pick, you mash them together... *boom*. Hasta lasagna, don't get any on ya. You'll have about 5 seconds...
[hands the "gum" to Ethan]
Jack Harmen: Just don't chew it.
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The opening credits contain several plot points from the movie. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #3.1 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Divertimento in E-Flat Major for String Trio (K.563)
Third Movement - Menuetto
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Gidon Kremer & Kim Kashkashian
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Very clever thriller
18 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

For those who have not seen the original Mission Impossible, it is a real shame. While the other flicks offer plenty of explosions and cool action sequences, the original remains the best for it's interesting plot twists, some decent acting, and a well developed element of suspense that's lacking in the later pictures.

To reveal any of the plot would be a disservice: it certainly has some pretty interesting occurrences that should be seen for full effect. What really makes this great though is De Palma's direction. Unlike the later flicks, key scenes are drawn out: there is a real Spense of suspense that is rarely achieved. Three key action scenes come to mind, and there all extremely cool: it's just a shame that Criuse couldn't enlist the services of more experienced director's later in the franchise.

A memorable, well executed thriller.


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