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Mission: Impossible (1996)

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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Claire (as Emmanuelle Beart)
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Sarah Davies (as Kristin Scott-Thomas)
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Max
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Drunken Female IMF Agent
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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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Expect the Impossible


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

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

3 years after this film's release, Kristin Scott Thomas's sister actress Serena Scott Thomas starred in the spy flick The World is Not Enough (1999) opposite Pierce Brosnan as British secret agent James Bond. See more »

Goofs

(at around 22 mins) In Prague, Ethan walks by the car twice when Claire sees him. See more »

Quotes

Ethan Hunt: [Ethan narrates someone getting into the vault] The only person allowed inside has to pass through a series of security checks. First is voiceprint identification
CIA Analyst William Donloe: William Donloe.
Ethan Hunt: Then, he has to put in a 6 digit code.
[Donloe enters the outer room]
Ethan Hunt: That only gets him into the outer room. Next, he is positively identified by retinal scan.
[Donloe passes the retinal scan]
Ethan Hunt: Finally, the security measures are only deactivated after insertion of a double electronic keycard... which we won't have.
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The opening credits contain several plot points from the movie. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tex Murphy: Overseer (1998) 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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the plot was great
25 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Everyone seems to complain that the plot in this film is too confusing, but just because you don't 'get' it doesn't mean it's a bad movie. I thought that the plot was superb; it may be a little difficult to follow, but with a little thought it isn't at all hard to understand. It is refreshing to have a big budget thriller with a clever plot, not just masses of pyrotechnics and gunplay.


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