Mission: Impossible (1996 movie)

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Mission: Impossible is a 1996 American action spy film directed by Brian De Palma and produced by and starring Tom Cruise. A continuation of both the original television series of the same name and its revived sequel series (and set six years after the events of the latter show), it is the first installment in the Mission: Impossible film series.

Its plot follows Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his mission to uncover the mole who has framed him for the murders of his entire Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team.

  • Starring : Tom Cruise
  • Genre : Action / Adventure / Thriller
  • Country : United States
  • Language : English / French / Czech
  • Director : Brian De Palma
  • Production : Paramount Pictures / Cruise/Wagner Productions
  • Distributor : Paramount Pictures / United International Pictures (UIP) / Paramount Home Video / CIC Video / Home Video Hellas (HVH) / Pioneer / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Paramount Home Entertainment / Argentina Video Home / Universal Pictures / Amazon Prime Video / CIC Vídeo / CIC-Taft Home Video / Film1 Action / Finnkino / Malofilm Home Video / Nelonen / Prem’er Video Fil’m / RTL Entertainment / TV6

Mission: Impossible movie

Mission: Impossible release date

  • May 20, 1996 : USA (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • May 22, 1996 : Canada
  • May 22, 1996 : USA
  • June 6, 1996 : Singapore
  • June 26, 1996 : Australia
  • July 5, 1996 : Spain
  • July 5, 1996 : UK
  • July 5, 1996 : Ireland
  • July 13, 1996 : Japan
  • July 17, 1996 : Philippines
  • August 7, 1996 : Germany
  • August 9, 1996 : Switzerland
  • September 1, 1996 : France (Deauville Film Festival)
  • September 13, 1996 : Sweden
  • October 23, 1996 : France

Mission: Impossible cast

  • Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt
  • Jon Voight as Jim Phelps
  • Emmanuelle Béart as Claire(as Emmanuelle Beart)
  • Henry Czerny as Kittridge
  • Jean Reno as Krieger
  • Ving Rhames as Luther
  • Kristin Scott Thomas as Sarah Davies(as Kristin Scott-Thomas)
  • Vanessa Redgrave as Max
  • Ingeborga Dapkunaite as Hannah
  • Valentina Yakunina as Drunken Female IMF Agent
  • Marek Vasut as Drunken Male IMF Agent
  • Nathan Osgood as Kittridge Technician
  • John McLaughlin as TV Interviewer
  • Rolf Saxon as CIA Analyst William Donloe
  • Karel Dobrý as Matthias

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 devised several action sequences, but Koepp and Towne were dissatisfied with the story that led up to those events. U2 band members Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton produced a dance rendition of the original theme music, which became a top-ten hit in the US (receiving gold record certification) and six other countries and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

Mission: Impossible was a commercial success, eventually becoming the third highest-grossing film of 1996 along with a mostly positive response from critics. Its success spawned the Mission: Impossible film series.

Jim Phelps and his latest Impossible Missions Force (IMF) team are dispatched to stop the theft of the CIA non-official cover (NOC) list from the American embassy in Prague. Their mission fails: the list is stolen, Phelps is shot, his wife Claire dies in a car bombing, and the rest of the team except Ethan Hunt are eliminated by unknown assassins and supposed tech malfunctions. Meeting with IMF director Eugene Kittridge, Hunt reveals his awareness of a second IMF team sent to monitor them, and learns the job was a setup to lure out a mole within the IMF, who is believed to be working with an arms dealer known as “Max” as part of “Job 314.” As Hunt is the only member left, Kittridge suspects him of being the mole, and Hunt flees.

Returning to the Prague safe house, Hunt realizes “Job 314” refers to Bible verse Job 3:14, “Job” being the mole’s code name. Claire arrives at the safe house, explaining she escaped the bomb after Phelps aborted the mission. Hunt arranges a meeting with Max, and warns her that she has been given a fake list on a disc equipped with a tracking device. He promises to deliver the real list in return for $10 million and Job’s identity. Max and her agents escape, taking Hunt with them, just before a CIA team raids their location.

Hunt and Claire recruit two disavowed IMF agents: computer expert Luther Stickell and pilot Franz Krieger. They infiltrate CIA headquarters in Langley, steal the real list, and flee to London. Kittridge, detecting the theft, has Hunt’s mother and uncle falsely arrested for drug trafficking. He provides media coverage of the arrest, forcing Hunt to contact him from Liverpool Street Station. Hunt allows the CIA to trace him to London before hanging up, but is surprised to find Phelps nearby. Phelps recounts surviving the shooting, naming Kittridge as the mole. Hunt realizes Phelps is the mole, having stolen a Bible with a Gideon stamp from Chicago’s Drake Hotel during a previous assignment known to Hunt’s team. Hunt also suspects Krieger as the one who killed the other IMF members in Prague, having recognized his distinctive knife; however, he is unsure whether Claire was involved. Hunt arranges with Max to exchange the list aboard the TGV train to Paris the next day and secretly sends tickets to Kittridge.

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