Mission: Impossible Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Mission: Impossible the Movie

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4.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Cruise and director DePalma did not completely succeed or fail in their mission to create a blockbuster hit based on the popular '60s TV series. Cruise (one of the film's producers) is Ethan Hunt, pointman extraordinaire of the IMF team headed by Jim Phelps (Jon Voight). Their team is sent to recover a computer disk with devastating information from a mercenary Russian spy. Smelling a double cross, Hunt confronts his conniving agency boss Kitteridge (the perfectly cast Czerny) and creates his own team of crack agents to get to the truth, mind-boggling plot twists and crazy train rides be damned. The plotline may have self-destructed two-thirds into the movie and the absence of a truly sinister villain causes some damage, but with solid acting talent, tight pacing, alluring European locales, and tension-inducing special effects, who has time to notice? $100 million gross in the first two weeks would seem to indicate a sequel is in order.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 110 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Spies & Espionage, Special FX Wizards: Rob Bottin, CIA/NSA, Computers, Adapted from Television, Office Surprise, Top Grossing Films of 1996, Boom!, Elevators, Hackers, London, Trains
Robert Towne, David Koepp
Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Ving Rhames, Henry Czerny, Emilio Estevez, Vanessa Redgrave, Jean Reno, Dale Dye
Stephen Burum
Brian DePalma
Danny Elfman
Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner, Paramount Pictures

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