Mission: Impossible (also known in the Blu-ray release as M:I) is a 1996 American 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.
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.
|Release Date||22 May 1996|
|US Box Office||$181,000,000|
|Other Names||Mission Impossible|
|Tagline||Expect the Impossible|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Thriller|
|Filming Locations||Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK|
|Sound Mix||DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS|
|Film Class||Glamorized Spy Film, Action Thriller, Tech Noir|
|Niche Genre||Spy Film|
|Themes||Traitorous Spies/Double Agents, Flight of the Innocent|
|Tones||Explosive, Paranoid, Slick, Tense, Flashy, Rousing|