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Mission: Impossible

"Expect the impossible."

PG-13 1996-05-22 Adventure 1hr 50m

When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score.

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When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect. To clear his name, Hunt now must ferret out the real double agent and, in the process, even the score.

  • Released
    1996-05-22
  • Revenue
    $457,700,000
  • Budget
    $80,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 50m
  • Genre
    Adventure, Action, Thriller
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English, Français, Český
  • imdb-logo
    7.2
  • Production
    Paramount, Cruise/Wagner Productions

Crew

Brian De Palma
Director
David Koepp
Screenplay
Tom Cruise
Producer

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Cast

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Ethan Hunt
Jon Voight

Jon Voight

Jim Phelps
Emmanuelle Béart

Emmanuelle Béart

Claire Phelps
Henry Czerny

Henry Czerny

Eugene Kittridge
Jean Reno

Jean Reno

Franz Krieger
Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames

Luther Stickell
Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave

Max Mitsopolis
Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė

Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė

Hannah Williams
Valentina Yakunina

Valentina Yakunina

Drunken Female IMF Agent
Marek Vašut

Marek Vašut

Drunken Male IMF Agent
Nathan Osgood

Nathan Osgood

Kittridge Technician
John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

TV Interviewer
Rolf Saxon

Rolf Saxon

CIA Analyst William Donloe
Andreas Wisniewski

Andreas Wisniewski

Max's Companion
David Shaeffer

David Shaeffer

Diplomat Rand Housman
Rudolf Pechan

Rudolf Pechan

Mayor Brandl
Gaston Šubert

Gaston Šubert

Jaroslav Reid
Ricco Ross

Ricco Ross

Denied Area Security Guard
Mark Houghton

Mark Houghton

Denied Area Security Guard
Bob Friend

Bob Friend

Sky News Man
Annabel Mullion

Annabel Mullion

Flight Attendant
Garrick Hagon

Garrick Hagon

CNN Reporter
Jiřina Třebická

Jiřina Třebická

Cleaning Woman
Andrzej Borkowski

Andrzej Borkowski

Kiev Room Agent
Maya Dokic

Maya Dokic

Kiev Room Agent
Sam Douglas

Sam Douglas

Kiev Room Agent
Olegar Fedoro

Olegar Fedoro

Kiev Agent
Carmela Marner

Carmela Marner

Kiev Room Agent
Mimi Potworowska

Mimi Potworowska

Kiev Room Agent
David Schneider

David Schneider

Train Engineer
Helen Lindsay

Helen Lindsay

Female Executive in Train
Pat Starr

Pat Starr

CIA Agent
Richard D. Sharp

Richard D. Sharp

CIA Lobby Guard
Randall Paul

Randall Paul

CIA Escort Guard
Sue Doucette

Sue Doucette

CIA Agent
Graydon Gould

Graydon Gould

Public Official
Tony Vogel

Tony Vogel

MI5 Agent
Laura Brook

Laura Brook

Margaret Hunt
Morgan Deare

Morgan Deare

Donald Hunt
David Phelan

David Phelan

Steward on Train
Melissa Knatchbull

Melissa Knatchbull

Air Stewardess
Emilio Estevez

Emilio Estevez

Jack Harmon (uncredited)
Marcel Iureș

Marcel Iureș

Alexander Golitsyn (uncredited)
Ion Caramitru

Ion Caramitru

Zozimov (uncredited)
Dale Dye

Dale Dye

Frank Barnes (uncredited)
Keith Campbell

Keith Campbell

Fireman (uncredited)
Michael Cella

Michael Cella

Student (uncredited)
Harry Fielder

Harry Fielder

Car Driver (uncredited)
Toby Hinson

Toby Hinson

Man on Plane (uncredited)
John Knoll

John Knoll

Passenger on Train in Tunnel (uncredited)
Paul Markham

Paul Markham

Train Guard (uncredited)
Tina Simmons

Tina Simmons

Female Executive in Train (uncredited)

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Reviews for Mission: Impossible
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A Review by Ruuz 4

Written by Ruuz on 2016-08-15

While the sequences that _Mission: Impossible_ is most famous for (the ceiling-descent and train-top) are truly thrilling, absolutely everyt... read more

While the sequences that _Mission: Impossible_ is most famous for (the ceiling-descent and train-top) are truly thrilling, absolutely everything in between these scenes is obvious and uninspired. Rarely can a movie have you so completely engaged one minute, and then immediately back to checking the time the next. An important film, pop-culturally speaking, but not a very good one. _Final rating:★★ - Had some things that appeal to me, but a poor finished product._

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A Review by Dark Jedi 6

Written by Dark Jedi on 2018-05-13

When I first saw this movie I did not like it at all. My main gripe with the movie was (and is) that it did not feel like a Mission Impossib... read more

When I first saw this movie I did not like it at all. My main gripe with the movie was (and is) that it did not feel like a Mission Impossible movie. Spoilers ahead! In the original series the team always succeeded, at least in the episodes I watched. However, the movie starts off with a big failure. Then to make matters worse we learn that Mr. Phelps, one of the original lead characters, is actually a traitor. I was so disappointed! Now when I watched it for the second time with my son I actually liked it a lot more. I still think it is sad that the script writers felt they had to introduce all these chock elements but trying to look past those this is a pretty good movie. I still do not think it is truly a Mission Impossible movie in the good old style of the series though. It is a very good action/thriller movie though. Tom Cruise is really not bad in the role of Ethan Hunt and so are the rest of the actors. He is performing quite a few spectacular stunts and there are a decent amount of high tech stuff in the movie. Sure, some of the stunts and action scenes are perhaps a bit convoluted but it provides for some good cinemagic and it is fiction after all. If this movie would not have been labelled Mission Impossible I would probably have given it another star but I cannot bring myself to completely overlook how far from the original inspiration it has strayed.

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A Review by Wuchak 6

Written by Wuchak on 2021-05-07

_**Well done spy/caper thriller with Tom Cruise and an eye-rolling Scooby-Doo element**_ The Impossible Missions Force has a mission at a... read more

_**Well done spy/caper thriller with Tom Cruise and an eye-rolling Scooby-Doo element**_ The Impossible Missions Force has a mission at a Prague gala concerning a CIA non-official cover list, but it doesn’t go as planned. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and Clair Phelps (Emmanuelle Béart) then team-up with two disavowed agents (Ving Rhames and Jean Reno) to steal the real NOC list at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, before going to London for further thrills involving the TGV train to Paris. Jon Voight and Henry Czerny are on hand as leaders of IMF while Vanessa Redgrave plays an arms dealer and Kristin Scott Thomas an IMF agent. “Mission: Impossible” (1996) was loosely inspired by the TV series of the late 60s/early 70s and started the successful movie franchise starring Cruise. Expect convoluted dialogues, espionage gadgets, high society galas, foggy cobblestone streets, sudden deaths, globetrotting, double agents, capers and mind-blowing action. One thing that turned me off was the several occasions where a person’s fake face is torn off à la Scooby-Doo. Once would’ve been enough, but three times? What were the writers thinking? Other than that cavil, this is a quality spy/caper flick; it’s just too tortuous for my tastes with not enough human interest. The film runs 1 hour, 50 minutes, and was shot in Prague; London, Pinewood Studios & various other areas in England; and McLean, Virginia, & Washington DC. GRADE: B-

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A Review by mooney240 8

Written by mooney240 on 2022-10-21

**Mission: Impossible thrives on a more localized story, trading massive stunts and action set pieces for a greater focus on spycraft, theft... read more

**Mission: Impossible thrives on a more localized story, trading massive stunts and action set pieces for a greater focus on spycraft, theft, and espionage.** Mission: Impossible operates on a much smaller scale than its successors and benefits from a more contained story. The action and suspense are more personal, and the danger more intimate than in later installments. The first entry in the Mission: Impossible film franchise blends spy thriller, murder mystery, and heist movie into one heart-pounding and compelling film. Paranoia runs rampant as agent Ethan Hunt is betrayed time and time again while trying to uncover who murdered his fellow agents and prevent the murder of many more. Mission: Impossible is iconic with its classic hanging inches above the floor moment and established a billion-dollar franchise. While some of the effects are dated and some of the acting a little cliche, Mission: Impossible remains a hallmark spy movie that is a must-see for any action or film fan.

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A Review by GenerationofSwine 10

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-01-12

Man, when this came out I was thinking that we are going to have another James Bond franchise only with an American and I was super stoked a... read more

Man, when this came out I was thinking that we are going to have another James Bond franchise only with an American and I was super stoked about it. Unfortunately I got my wish. This is really the only one worth watching and M:I2 just destroyed the series that didn't have the sense to die. But....what you have here is 3 Days of the Condor, directed by De Palma, with lots of action. No, I'm not joking, it's really 3 Days of the Condor with less plot and tension and more action and shooting. And Cruise instead of Redford, which actually is a pretty even swap from one generation to another...only Redford is still the better actor and Cruise only really acts when he wants to. So, yeah, if you saw 3 Days of the Condor you know what is going on. Just make it international, push up the RPMs, add a soundtrack by 1/2 of U2 and you have Mission:Impossible. But, despite that, it's really fun and enjoyable.

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A Review by CaseyReese 8

Written by CaseyReese on 2023-02-05

The Cold War is over, but the Impossible Mission Force is still doing what it does best: planning elaborate capers and pulling off hair-rais... read more

The Cold War is over, but the Impossible Mission Force is still doing what it does best: planning elaborate capers and pulling off hair-raising heists in the name of patriotism. Things have changed, of course, and _Mission: Impossible_ uses this notion to play off our expectations from the TV series of the same name. Things start off normally enough. Well, normal for the IMF, at least. Our specialized spies are fooling everyone with their schemes, but not, as you would expect, without things going awry and creating suspense. However, when things go wrong this time around, they go really, horribly, wrong. And, this time, the problem might not be with the not quite foolproof plan. The problem might not even be enemy action. The real problem just might be that our heroes are every last bit as deceptive as they've been portrayed. Things are rarely as they seem in Brian de Palma's films, but things do usually seem very pretty. The European settings appear elegant, baroque, and sinister all at once. Saturated colors pop out of shadowy environments. Cameras move through walls, on occasion, disorient us with odd angles, when necessary, and transform the exotic into the surreal, just before next plot twist. But, just like the IMF's plans, or personnel, this move isn't as flawless as it might like to be. The villain's motives seem a little trite, even for someone who's been backstabbing people for decades, and the final stunt goes far enough over-the-top that the filmmakers realized they'd need to throw the audience a wink after things finally stop flying around. All in all, however, the film does what it set out to do. It creates suspense, startles us with pyrotechnics, and turns the TV show's convoluted tropes inside out.

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A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-08-27

I'm not the biggest fan of the diminutive Mr Cruise - but I have to hand it to him here. Brian de Palma has created an end-to-end action adv... read more

I'm not the biggest fan of the diminutive Mr Cruise - but I have to hand it to him here. Brian de Palma has created an end-to-end action adventure and he is superb in it. He brings oodles of charisma to the screen as he ("Ethan Hunt") has to recover from a disastrous mission and build a team to discover not only who betrayed them, but to obtain a top secret list of American overseas operatives (i.e. spies) before it falls into enemy hands spelling doom for all concerned. What ensues is a fast-paced, well constructed movie that moves along cohesively with plenty going on - loads of tension, suspicion, nobody knowing whom to trust coupled with plenty of exciting stunts and a classy performance from Vanessa Redgrave bringing some gravitas to the proceedings as the stylish, but ruthless, "Max". Sure, it relies on tech and CGI a lot of the time, but the ensemble - Ving Rhames, Emmanuelle Béart and Jon Voight all deliver well into a plot that keeps us guessing until well into the denouement. Even Henry Czerny - not noted for the flexibility of his performances - turns in a decent effort and the ending might make you think twice before using the Chunnel! If you're looking for a good, high-octane piece of cinema; then this is certainly up there - on a big screen, if you can.

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A Review by Gimly

While the sequences that _Mission: Impossible_ is most famous for (the ceiling-descent and train-top) are truly thrilling, absolutely everything in between these scenes is obvious and uninspired. Rarely can a movie have you so completely en...

reviewer avatar

A Review by Ruuz 4

Written by Ruuz on 2016-08-15

While the sequences that _Mission: Impossible_ is most famous for (the ceiling-descent and train-top) are truly thrilling, absolutely everything in between these scenes is obvious and uninspired. Rare...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Dark Jedi 6

Written by Dark Jedi on 2018-05-13

When I first saw this movie I did not like it at all. My main gripe with the movie was (and is) that it did not feel like a Mission Impossible movie. Spoilers ahead! In the original series the team...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Wuchak 6

Written by Wuchak on 2021-05-07

_**Well done spy/caper thriller with Tom Cruise and an eye-rolling Scooby-Doo element**_ The Impossible Missions Force has a mission at a Prague gala concerning a CIA non-official cover list, but i...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by mooney240 8

Written by mooney240 on 2022-10-21

**Mission: Impossible thrives on a more localized story, trading massive stunts and action set pieces for a greater focus on spycraft, theft, and espionage.** Mission: Impossible operates on a much...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by GenerationofSwine 10

Written by GenerationofSwine on 2023-01-12

Man, when this came out I was thinking that we are going to have another James Bond franchise only with an American and I was super stoked about it. Unfortunately I got my wish. This is really the ...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by CaseyReese 8

Written by CaseyReese on 2023-02-05

The Cold War is over, but the Impossible Mission Force is still doing what it does best: planning elaborate capers and pulling off hair-raising heists in the name of patriotism. Things have changed, o...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 7

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-08-27

I'm not the biggest fan of the diminutive Mr Cruise - but I have to hand it to him here. Brian de Palma has created an end-to-end action adventure and he is superb in it. He brings oodles of charisma ...

read more