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Mission: Impossible

  • 1996
  • PG-13
  • 110min
  • 63%
  • 7.1 / 10

Based on the 60’s television show of the same name, the plot of Mission: Impossible follows Ethan Hunt, a special agent of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF). His team was killed during a mission to retrieve the CIA’s list of non-official cover agents from Prague, including his mentor, Jim Phelps. Under suspicion of the crime, Hunt goes on the run to clear his name and avenge his teammates. His investigations lead him to uncover that he was set up by his old mentor, Phelps.

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Many may not be aware that the film franchise that sky rocketed Tom Cruise to premiere action hero, Mission: Impossible, was a television series that ran from 1966 to 1973. Several attempts were made during the 1980s to make a feature film. Coincidentally, Tom Cruise was in search of an action movie, away from the macho films of Stallone, Schwarzenegger or Seagal, which brought the series Mission: Impossible to the table because of its clever use of smarts instead of bullets to resolve a conflict. Cruise took many risks to get the film made – hiring newbie to blockbusters Brian De Palma as direction, flipping one of the series’ main characters, Jim Phelps, into the villain, and finishing the project under-time and under-budget. One of the hook of Mission: Impossible films is the stunts, which from its first iteration always had Cruise fulfilling his philosophy of doing his own stunt. The film series continues to enjoy big earnings and critical acclaim with each release.

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Mission: Impossible is an action spy film, produced by and starring Tom Cruise, with Brian De Palma directing the movie. Jon Voight, Henry Czerny, Emmanuelle Beart, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Vanessa Redgrave comprised of the team of IMF agents in the film. The movie was a commercial success when it was released on May 22, 1996, earning $457.7 million in the box office, from its budget of $80 million. This was the film that inspired the Mission: Impossible movie series.

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