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Mission: Impossible III (2006)

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IMF Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fiancee in response.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Ethan Hunt
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Owen Davian
Ving Rhames ... Luther
Billy Crudup ... Musgrave
Michelle Monaghan ... Julia
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Declan
Keri Russell ... Lindsey Farris
Maggie Q ... Zhen
Simon Pegg ... Benji
Eddie Marsan ... Brownway
Laurence Fishburne ... Theodore Brassel
Bahar Soomekh ... Davian's Translator
Jeff Chase ... Davian's Bodyguard
Michael Berry Jr. ... Julia's Kidnapper
Carla Gallo ... Beth
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Storyline

A man named Owen Davian kills an IMF agent that was sent undercover by the legendary Ethan Hunt, who has retired from combat missions. Hunt now has a fiancé, Julia, who believes that he works for the traffic department when he really trains younger IMF agents to go into combat. He is assigned to his last mission. His mission, should he choose to accept it is to capture Davian, who is selling a toxic weapon called the rabbits foot. But Davian is reckless, cruel, and deathly. He promises Hunt that he will find Julia, hurt her, and Ethan will be too dead to help her. The mission is no more different to others, its dangerous, smart, and impossible; but now it's personal.

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of frenetic violence and menace, disturbing images and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

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Release Date:

5 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M:i:III See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,743,273, 7 May 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$134,029,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$397,850,012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Studio filming took place at sound stages at the Paramount Studios lot, which for the previous eighteen years had been used solely for episodes of Star Trek. J.J. Abrams would later direct Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 8 mins) At the end of the bridge battle, Ethan leaps atop a taxi to take a shot at the helicopter. In the shot from behind, Ethan leaps directly onto the trunk lid of the red taxi with his right foot; in the immediate reverse (frontal) shot, he first pushes off the fender of the black Lincoln with his left foot and then hits the taxi with his right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Owen Davian: [to Ethan] We put an explosive charge in your head. Does that sound familiar?
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Special thanks Aeronautica Militare Caserta, Cesare Salomone security Mr. Cruise See more »

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Referenced in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001) See more »

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Written & Performed by Thomas Dolby & J.J. Abrams
Courtesy of Thomas Dolby & J.J. Abrams
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The fun, the adventure, the creativity, never ease up…
13 August 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

In this third film of the series, Ethan Hunt has retired from the field, and is training new agents…. His sweetheart Julia (Michelle Monaghan) thinks he works for the Department of Transportation…

When one of his pupils is kidnapped by a sadistic arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Hunt decides to assemble his old team to retrieve her, putting in mortal danger his new love…

J.J. Abrams—in his first feature film—shot "Mission: Impossible III" with a sense of timing and suspense… We're dealing with full-flash blanks, glass breaking, explosions… And we see Hunt, in a quite interesting shot, running up a wall to enter the Vatican… Also, in the bridge sequence, he runs away from a rocket hit on one of the vehicles… It's cool because the way he's running, the look on his face, before, during and after that impact could only have been done only by an actor as good as him… In China, in an old fishing village, we see him jumping off tile rooftops, with incredible grace, precision, coordination and footwork… Then, with Lindsey Farris (Keri Russell) they jump out of a building on a cable landing on a truck…

The special effects, and visual effects are great… They all work together... The Shanghai street chase with Tom leaning out of the car at some insanely dangerous angle to shoot a gun under a truck; Also Tom, in a high-speed boat, on the Tiber River in Rome, Italy; the blowing of a nice spectacular sports car; and, of course, the helicopter chase sequence where, in pursuit, the bad-guy helicopter emerges out of a fireball…

Also, in a fantastic shot, in Shanghai, China, when the camera comes in and then goes around Tom as he's standing on top of a Shanghai roof… The camera comes over his shoulder and look down at the ground, so we'll see Tom on the top of the Shanghai building, hundreds feet in the air, and just to show and set up the jeopardy of what he's about to accomplish…

Well, I loved the director's work… He's so detail-oriented…The fun, the adventure, the creativity, never eased up…

And, please, don't miss Colleen Atwood, entering the Vatican, with a head-turner red dress…


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