Mission: Impossible (1996)

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Mission: Impossible (also known in the Blu-ray release as M:I) is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma, produced by and starring Tom Cruise. Based on the television series of the same name, the plot follows a new agent, Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his mission to uncover the mole who has framed him for the murders of his entire IMF team. Work on the script had begun early with filmmaker Sydney Pollack on board, before De Palma, Steven Zaillian, David Koepp, and Robert Towne were brought in. Mission: Impossible went into pre-production without a shooting script. De Palma came up with some action sequences, but Koepp and Towne were dissatisfied with the story that led up to those events.

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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. (source: imdb.com)


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Characters appearing in the movie Mission: Impossible.

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Full cast list for the movie Mission: Impossible.
Eugene Kittridge

Frank Barnes

Alexander Golitsyn

Ion Caramitru

Hannah Williams

Valentina Yakunina
Drunken Female IMF Agent

Drunken Male IMF Agent

Nathan Osgood
Kittridge Technician

TV Interviewer

Rolf Saxon
CIA Analyst William Donloe

Karel Dobrý

Max's Companion

David Shaeffer
Diplomat Rand Housman

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Magazine issues featuring Mission: Impossible on the cover.
  • Tom Cruise - Empire Magazine [United Kingdom] (August 1996)


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List of Mission: Impossible quotes.

Franz Krieger: If we're going to Virginia why don't we drop by Fort Knox? I could fly a helicopter through the lobby and set it down right inside the vault. And it would be a hell of a lot easier than breaking into the goddamn CIA.

Eugene Kittridge: I want him manning a radar tower in Alaska by the end of the day. Just mail him his clothes.

Ethan Hunt: (stopping Krieger from killing a guard) Zero bodycount. Franz Krieger: We'll see.


Trailer for the movie Mission: Impossible.
Mission: Impossible (1996) - Official Movie Trailer

Release Date22 May 1996
US Box Office$181,000,000
Other NamesMission Impossible
TaglineExpect the Impossible
GenreAction, Adventure, Thriller
Filming LocationsAlbert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
LanguageFrench, English
Sound MixDTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Film TypeFeature
Film ClassGlamorized Spy Film, Action Thriller, Tech Noir
Niche GenreSpy Film
MoodThrill Rides
ThemesTraitorous Spies/Double Agents, Flight of the Innocent
TonesExplosive, Paranoid, Slick, Tense, Flashy, Rousing

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