Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible

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Director: Brian De Palma, Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart

Cast: Brian De Palma, Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart

     
 

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After he is framed for the death of several colleagues and falsely branded a traitor, a secret agent embarks on a daring scheme to clear his name in the spy adventure Mission: Impossible. Though it drew its name from the familiar television series, director Brian DePalma's big-budget adaptation shares little more with the

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After he is framed for the death of several colleagues and falsely branded a traitor, a secret agent embarks on a daring scheme to clear his name in the spy adventure Mission: Impossible. Though it drew its name from the familiar television series, director Brian DePalma's big-budget adaptation shares little more with the original show than the occasional self-destructing message and the name of team leader Jim Phelps (Jon Voight). The film focuses not on Phelps but his protégé, Ethan Hunt (a reserved Tom Cruise), who becomes a fugitive after taking the blame for a botched operation. He responds by banding together with a group of fellow renegades, and he is soon maneuvering his way through a twisted series of double crosses that mainly serve as excuses for spectacular high-tech action sequences. Much of the activity revolves around a missing computer disk, with the film's most famous scene depicting Hunt's delicate efforts to retrieve the disk from a secure, well-alarmed room in CIA headquarters.

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A superior summer blockbuster in nearly every respect, this Brian De Palma-helmed adaptation of the '60s TV series provoked a lot of unnecessary head-scratching at the time for having a plot that actually required attention to follow (a criticism its inferior 2000 sequel apparently took to heart). But even those put off by David Koepp, Steve Zaillian, and Robert Towne's twisty screenplay still had plenty to enjoy: a charismatic lead performance from Tom Cruise, a well-chosen supporting cast, and some unforgettable set pieces to rank with the best of De Palma's career. Not that the film itself does. Clever without really being about more than its action sequences, nifty gadgets, and memorable locations (although it might be argued that all those surveillance devices tap into some familiar themes), this is clearly De Palma working as a director-for-hire. But like the best hired help, he gets the job done and then some.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2013
UPC:
0032429127631
Original Release:
1996
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Mission: remarkable - 40 years of creating the impossible; Mission: explosive exploits; Mission: spies among us; Mission: catching the train; Mission: international spy museum; Mission: agent dossiers; Excellence in film: Cruise; Generation: Cruise; Photo gallery; Theatrical teaser trailer; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise Ethan Hunt
Jon Voight Jim Phelps
Emmanuelle Béart Claire
Henry Czerny Kittridge
Jean Reno Krieger
Ving Rhames Luther
Emilio Estevez Jack
Vanessa Redgrave Max
Marcel Iures Golitsyn
Ion Caramitru Zozimov
Ingeborga Dapkunaite Hannah
Valentina Yakunina Drunken IMF Agent
Marek Vasut Drunken IMF Agent
Rolf Saxon CIA Analyst William Donloe
Andreas Wisniewski Max's Companion
Ricco Ross Denied Area Security Guard
Garick Hagon CNN Reporter
Jirina Trebicka Cleaning Woman
Andrzej Borkowski Kiev Room Agent
Sam Douglas Kiev Room Agent
Oleg Fedorov Kiev Room Agent
Carmela Marner Kiev Room Agent
David Schneider Train Engineer
Helen Lindsay Female Executive in Train
Pat Starr CIA Agent
Graydon Gould Public Official
Tony Vogel M15 Agent
Michael Rogers Large Man
Kristin Scott Thomas Sarah Davies
Dale Dye Frank Barnes
John McLaughlin TV Interviewer
Laura Brook Margaret Hunt
Morgan Deare Donald Hunt
Karel Dobry Matthias
Maya Dokic Kiev Room Agent
Susan Doucette CIA Agent
Bob Friend Sky News Man
Mark Houghton Denied Area Security Guard
Melissa Knatchbull Air Stewardess
Annabel Mullion Flight Attendant
Nathan Osgood Kittridge Technician
Randall Paul CIA Escort Guard
Rudolf Pechan Mayor Brandl
David Phelan Steward on Train
Mimi Potworowska Kiev Room Agent
David Shaeffer Diplomat Rand Housman
Richard Sharp CIA Lobby Guard
Gaston Subert Jaroslav Reid

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director
Rob Bottin Makeup
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
David Crozier Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Cruise Producer
Danny Elfman Score Composer,Songwriter
Mali Finn Casting
Paul Hirsch Editor
Paul Hitchcock Executive Producer
Fred Hole Art Director
Willard Huyck Screenwriter
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Gloria Katz Screenwriter
David Koepp Screenwriter
Patsy Pollock Casting
Norman Reynolds Production Designer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Chris Soldo Asst. Director
Robert Towne Screenwriter
Paula Wagner Producer
Steven Zaillian Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mission: Impossible
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13

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Mission: Impossible 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ordinary story with masterful visual planning. This wasn't the story I was expecting. The premise by the end of the film doesn't ring true story doesn't ring true. There is a huge plot hole that is false when it comes to the operation of the CIA. The first thing the CIA would do with it's huge budget resources would be to recover the dead bodes in Prague!!! CIA would have recovered Jack from the elevator shaft, Hana from the detonated car and Sarah and Golitisyn! The only remaining agents would be Ethan, Claire and Jim. Unless Jim and Claires dead body was on a morgue slab Ethan would not be easily implicated. This movie has a simple plot with convoluted structure by De Palma, It has the skeletal structure of the vintage tv show but not the style and personality with the mind bending scenarios of that great tv show. This simply wasn't the story I was expecting from De Palma. I just wonder how much control De Pama had over the writing? Harry Georgatos
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Woo should win an award for how masterfully he turned this potentially great franchise into a caricature of not only itself, but every other movie he's ever made. The orignal had intrigue, wit, and relavance that are long forgotten by Woo's old tricks in the sequel: a nice linear (read: predictable) plot, lots of pigeons, and hours of slow-motion. The sequel would have been 40 minutes long had he cut out the spinning-car scene. Stick with this first movie, an action movie that needs to be seen, but isn't as self-aware as its illegitimate younger brother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a major Mission: Impossible fan. This movie is awesome. The action/adventure, the characters the plot (and tom cruise) makes this movies amazing. If this movie had anyother action but Tom, it still wouldn't be as good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I watched this movie, my thoughts included, "Huh?" "What?" and often "I'm SO confused!" But, enthralled by the flawless acting, I decided to watch it again. And again. And again. And again, until my thoughts of, "wait, I don't get it," were replaced by, "WOW! This is such a great movie!!!" Every time you watch this movie, you pick up more pieces of the intracate plotline, which is so complex that I, who have watched it countless times, am still learning new things. Even if you're not crazy about seamless plots of deceptions, betrayals, revenge... (I could go on and on) you will probably be on the edge of your seat wondering if Ethan Hunt will ever find out who framed him. Not only is the storyline flawless, the action is breathtaking. I mean, Tom Cruise dangling mere inches away from the ground as a drop of perspiration threatens to set off the security system? A helicopter navigating through a tunnel? In this movie, nothing is impossible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was great! I didn't get to actualy see it till 2003. So, I saw Minority Report with Tom Cruise in it before I saw this. Both are great movies but Mission Impossible is, by far, the best one!!!!!
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