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Tom Cruise performed the sequence where Ethan Hunt scales the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower himself without the use of a stunt double. The Burj Khalifa tower is the tallest building in the world at 2,722 feet, or 829.8 meters. Cruise dangled outside the tower at approximately 1,700 feet, or 518 meters.
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The actor that hands Ethan the black mask to place over his head to meet the arms dealer appeared in Mission: Impossible (1996), giving him the same style mask when he is being taken to meet Max, an arms dealer.
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The film made six hundred ninety-three million dollars at the box-office worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing installment in the franchise. It also surpassed War of the Worlds (2005) to become Tom Cruise's highest grossing film as of 2012.
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The windows removed from Burj Khalifa were carefully chipped away by two workers with hammers, working from a window washing platform outside the building.
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During production, Tom Cruise did the majority of his own stunts including the skyscraper sequence(s), to show the audience it was actually him. This would allow Director Brad Bird to have more capabilities with camera angles, and not having to hide the fact that it is a stuntman doing the stunts.
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Brad Bird's live-action directorial debut.
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FRANCHISE TRADEMARK (jump and hang): Jeremy Renner does the signature jump-and-hang-in-air stunt that Tom Cruise did in Mission: Impossible (1996).
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According to Tom Cruise, he was happy to hear that they were using a subtitle in the film's heading instead of a number like the prior two films did. Cruise has never been a fan of a number at the end of the film's sequel titles as he's always considered each film as a stand alone feature in the Mission: Impossible film franchise.
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The high-tech car that Ethan Hunt drives near the end of the film is the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car. It is an actual prototype of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid that entered production in late 2013. The concept car is powered by a 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine and two electric motors.
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Jeremy Renner stated that working with Tom Cruise was a dream come true, since he's always idolized him as an actor. Renner did mention Cruise is a great actor, but even more a nicer guy.
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Dermot Mulroney plays cello in the scoring orchestra for this movie. Mulroney, who is better-known as an actor (Longtime Companion (1989), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), About Schmidt (2002), etc.) is also a classical cellist who occasionally plays in recording sessions for soundtracks.
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Jeremy Renner was offered the role of Jackson Lamb in Super 8 (2011) (eventually taken by Kyle Chandler) but took the role of Brandt when J.J. Abrams told him that Tom Cruise and Brad Bird were interested in him. When accepting the role, Renner was only briefed on the film and character outline as there was no script at that point.
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The Burj Khalifa Hotel mentioned in the movie is the Armani Hotel Dubai, the first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani.
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The Indian Palace Scene was shot in Zabeel Saray Palm Jumeirah (Dubai). The hotel was still under soft pre-opening during the shooting period, which took three days.
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(At around seventeen minutes) The code Ethan uses at the pay phone to get his latest mission, is Tom Cruise's birthday, 07362.
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Twenty-five minutes of the film was shot in IMAX 70mm.
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This is the first film to use the 100th Anniversary Paramount Pictures logo. Each movie in the Mission: Impossible series has used a different Paramount logo.
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(At around one hour and twenty-eight minutes) In the scene when Ethan is taken to see the Russian arms dealer by the guy Ethan helped break out of the Russian prison, the wooden crates in the background are clearly stamped with the name, "Yu-ri" in letters from the Korean alphabet. Yuri (after Yuri Gorbachev) is the name often used in fictional and real-life spy books and movies to refer to Russian and/or Soviet spies, or the former K.G.B. in general.
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The indoor water fountains in the Indian Palace use special laminar flow nozzles to launch streams of water with no turbulence. Special valves are used to "cut" the water into discrete segments. Similar fountain technology is used in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas.
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When Brad Bird agreed to direct the movie, he asked J.J. Abrams for the screenplay, and Abrams would be reluctant to show it to him, saying that Bird would have a lot of freedom in doing the scenes. After Bird finally asked Abrams for real for the screenplay, the producer admitted that they had several drafts, but nothing definitive at that point, and that Bird should take that opportunity to give as much input as he wanted. According to Bird, the script went through major changes even after the start of production. For instance, during the scene in the van after Ethan's escape from prison, the team was originally unaware of the situation and unsure how to proceed, which Bird blamed on the fact that even he did not have an overview of the plot. This was later re-shot when the direction of the plot became clear. The original scene can be viewed as a deleted scene on the Blu-ray edition.
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This is the first film in the series to be released in IMAX.
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(At around twenty-one minutes) Agent Carter releases a red balloon, with a camera attached to its knot, to drop a device within the outer walls of the Kremlin Palace. As the plot deals with Russian nuclear weapons, this is a nudge to the 80s German pop song "99 Luftballons", in which a flurry of red balloons pushes a trigger-happy general to launch several nukes and incite World War III.
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Anthony Mackie, Christopher Egan, Kevin Zegers, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy were considered to play Brandt.
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So far, this is the longest installment in the series, running at 132 minutes.
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Additional shots were filmed with Benji (Simon Pegg) and the Kremlin guard, the latter coming so dangerously close to the rear-projection screen that he nearly discovers the ruse. Tom Cruise had insisted on filming these, as he was afraid that they didn't get the maximum amount of suspense from the scene. In the end, Brad Bird had the shots deleted because it just seemed too improbable that the guard could get so close to the screen without detecting it.
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Was originally targeted for a mid-May 2011 release, with J.J. Abrams to direct. However, pre-production delays and script re-writes delayed the film, while at the same time, Abrams was busy working on Super 8 (2011), prompting him to back out from directing, but still remain on producing duties.
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For its 70mm IMAX engagement, the film played with no previews, save for the six-minute prologue to The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
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The high quality screen hologram projector gadget used to conceal anyone behind it during the elaborated set-up within the Moscow Kremlin scene, was similarly used during the television series Mission: Impossible (1966) season four, episode sixteen, "The Falcon. Part 3".
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Ruben Fleischer and Edgar Wright (a friend of Simon Pegg) were also considered for directing duties. Wright backed out as he was in post-production of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Brad Bird was selected because of his work on The Incredibles (2004), which also contains similar themes of espionage. Michael Giacchino, the film's composer also previously worked with Bird on that film and Ratatouille (2007).
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The only film in the franchise, where the opening credits involving the lighting of a fuse and the Mission: Impossible theme, is actually part of the opening sequence. In all the other movies, from Mission: Impossible (1996) to Rogue Nation (2015), the opening credit is used as a cut between two scenes or two different events. Ghost Protocol is the only movie that makes the opening credit part of the action, by having one of the characters (Carter) light the fuse.
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In its four hundred twenty-five-theater opening weekend, it grossed thirteen million dollars, setting the record of the highest-grossing opening weekend in less than six hundred theaters (previously held by Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)).
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Paula Patton's character in this movie, Carter, is possibly a tribute to Barbara Bain, who played Cinnamon Carter on the television series.
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Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, and Josh Holloway are each left-handed.
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The IMF team makes use of Apple products, such as multiple iPhones, iPads, and a MacBook Air. Producer J.J. Abrams is a vocal supporter of Apple products.
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The cars visible in the moving-camera shot of valet parking in Mumbai are, in counterclockwise order from bottom left: Ferrari Enzo, Mercedes Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series, Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Ferrari F430, Aston Martin Vantage, Aston Martin DB9, BMW M6, and three white Rolls Royce Phantoms.
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Kristin Kreuk and Lauren German were considered to play Jane Carter.
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The first Mission: Impossible film not to be co-produced by Paula Wagner.
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The opening scene originally consisted of a younger Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) preparing the speech about nuclear endgames, the one he can later be seen giving to Congress in Ethan's mission report. However, the scene didn't work as intended, and was scrapped in favor of a more action-oriented opening.
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In Dubai, Tom Cruise is wearing a pair of glasses seen briefly in the train when the team is arming up for the mission. The same glasses are worn while scaling the hotel and are in fact Oakley Split Jackets, modified of course. They have clear frames with a special wind gasket and elastic strap which you can get for the standard models. Unfortunately, the glasses featured in the movie are one of a kind, and are not available to the public.
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When Ethan Hunt makes his escape from the hospital, he lands on the roof of a van, causing the driver to jump the curb. When the driver jumps out to shout abuse at Ethan he yells "Yo-moyo!" a Russian exclamation of surprise, with no literal English translation, which is somewhat impolite. This is the exact same exclamation made by Chekov in Star Trek (2009), which was directed by J.J. Abrams, co-Producer of this film.
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Michael Giacchino is the first composer to score more than one movie of the franchise.
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Agent Carter is also the name of Hayley Atwell's character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which she is one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jeremy Renner also plays a S.H.I.E.L.D agent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, known as Clint Barton, or by his superhero alias, Hawkeye. Also Ving Rhames appeared in the MCU, as Charlie-27 in Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2. On the opposite, Tom Wilkinson appeared as Carmine Falcone in Batman Begins (DC).
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(At around fourteen minutes) The class ring Trevor Hanaway (Josh Holloway) uses to tranquilize the courier, is a Jostens Magnum class ring with a sapphire stone.
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(At around forty-four minutes) When the Russian investigators are reviewing the files of the two prisoners who escaped from prison the same day as the Kremlin bombing, Ethan Hunt's false identity is revealed to be Sergei Ivanov. In real-life, Sergei Ivanov is a Russian senior official and statesman.
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While the wind was a factor in Tom Cruise's self-completed stunt on the Burj Kalifah (though less of a problem than the massive force Cruise faced when he did a stunt hanging from a cargo plane in the next M:I film), the sequence used cables that were so strong and numerous (edited out of the shot with CGI) that the only way Cruise would have been endangered would have been having a plane slam into the building during filming.
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Jacinda Barrett auditioned for a role, and even revealed some information about the project's direction.
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In the Italian version of the movie Ethan introduces Luther to the rest of the group as Stickler instead of Stickell.
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(At around one hour and twenty-five minutes) The pipe seen to be smoked by a man at the docks is a tobacco blend popular around the United Arab Emirates called "Medwakh" or "Dokha".
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During the Indian palace scene, Ethan's code name is Jupiter. In Roman mythology, Jupiter represents the Greek god Zeus, King of the gods. Jane goes by the code name Venus, which in Roman mythology, represents the Greek goddess Aphrodite.
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Josh Holloway and Keith Dallas both appeared in TV Series with the title INTELLIGENCE, though these two Series only share the title and aren't connected in any way.
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After the Kremlin explodes, Ethan is taken to the hospital where he eventually takes a paper clip off a stack of papers to pick the handcuffs he is in. After he escapes, Anatoly inspects the bed where Ethan was and a brief shot is shown of the paperclip twisted up in the keyhole of one pair of the handcuffs. This is accurate to real life. Paperclips can actually be used to bypass handcuff locks.
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Director Trademark 

Brad Bird: [A113] Ethan uses the call sign "Alpha 113" and "A113" appears on Hanaway's ring. A113 is a frequent in-joke and Easter egg appearing in films produced by Pixar as well as films created by alumni of California Institute of the Arts, based on one of the room numbers for the character animation BFA program. Director Brad Bird is both a Cal Arts alumnus and Pixar movie director, and he has worked an "A113" reference into every one of his feature films, as well as some of his television work.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Jeremy Renner's character Brandt, was specifically created as the eventual replacement for Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt for when Cruise decides to step away from the franchise.
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At the end of the film, Ethan receives instructions for his next mission, which involves a terrorist organization called "The Syndicate". This is a nod to the original Mission: Impossible (1966) television series, where The Syndicate was the Mafia-like crime empire used as an enemy for most of the I.M.F.'s domestic-based missions. It is also a heads-up for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).
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This is the first installment in the franchise, where none of the villains are, or used to be, I.M.F. Agents.
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In an interesting nod to the first film, Ethan reveals to Brandt that the Croatia disaster and Julie's death were faked in order to flush out a mole. In the first film, Ethan is involved in the Prague disaster which was a mission with the same objective. And Ethan, like Brandt, wasn't aware of the real mission until people were dead. In both cases, details were revealed later by a superior. In Ethan's case, it was former I.M.F. Director Eugene Kittridge (Henry Czerny).
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Only Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames have been featured in all six Mission: Impossible films, while Simon Pegg and Michelle Monaghan are the only cast members (besides Cruise and Rhames) to reprise their roles from the prior third installment Mission: Impossible III (2006). Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner would actually move on to reprise their roles in Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), Pegg is set to reprise his role as Benji in the sixth film as well.
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As seen in the final shot of the second theatrical trailer, a big missile flies over San Francisco and apparently heads towards the Emeryville area, the location of Pixar headquarters.
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(At around one hour and fifty-five minutes) The building grazed by the warhead, is the Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco's signature skyscraper. The windowless cap at the top is covered by aluminum panels, and is only decorative, containing no office space.
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The busy downtown chase scene at night in India, as well as the near end scene where Ethan (Tom Cruise) and his "still-alive" wife make eye contact, were shot in Vancouver, British Columbia. The former around the downtown convention center, and the latter at "Granville Market". The scene in Moscow, where Ethan is informed about his mission and his team, was also filmed in Vancouver.
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(At around one hour and twenty-three minutes) Ethan Hunt sets up a meet with a Russian arms dealer over the phone, using a Dunhill lighter as the signal. This may be a clue that the meet isn't everything it first appears to be, as Jim Phelps used a Dunhill lighter in Mission: Impossible (1996). In fact, the audience learns after the climax, that Hunt intended for the arms dealer to rat him out to the Russians all along, so they would believe the actual plot.
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Only Mission: Impossible film not to feature any hero wearing full masks. Ethan wears some make-up during the Kremlin scene, and a villain wears a full mask later in the film.
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In one scene, Benji said that he wanted to wear a mask, he gets to wear one in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).
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The scene shot in India, where Ethan drives through the streets, was actually shot with Indians, who are all fans of Tom Cruise.
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Body count: forty-two.
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