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Mission: Impossible (1996)

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Release Date
 USA: May 22, 1996
DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 19, 2003
 R2: 3 Jul 2000

Budget $75,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for some intense action violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 50 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount

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• Mission Impossible (1996)

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Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure, Spy, Betrayal, Deception, Murder, Mistaken Identity, Suspense, Thieves

Tagline: Expect the Impossible

Plot: Tom Cruise stars as Ethan Hunt, leader of a crack squad of intelligence operatives, in this labyrinthine action-thriller based on the hit 1960s-'70s television series. When a dangerous mission in Prague goes inexplicably wrong, Hunt finds himself out in the cold. A mole has infiltrated the CIA, and suspicions are that it's Hunt. His only chance: Find out who the real mole is and turn the tables. The plan takes him on an incredibly suspenseful infiltration of CIA security, leading to a spectacular chunnel climax that would make Hitchcock proud. Thanks to crisp, inventive direction from Brian De Palma and Danny Elfman's dynamite electronica score (including a catchy update of the original Lalo Schifrin theme), this mission is great fun. The talented roster of stars backing Cruise includes Ving Rhames, Vanessa Redgrave, John Voight, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Jean Reno. A witty script by Robert Towne (CHINATOWN, SHAMPOO) and David Koepp keeps the ball rolling in unexpected directions, with the paranoia always set to high. A box-office record-setter during its original release, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE led to a well-deserved sequel, also with Cruise and Rhames.

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 Directed by
Brian De Palma
The Untouchables, Scarface, Mission to Mars
 Written by
David Koepp
War of the Worlds, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Panic Room
Bruce Geller
Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible III, The Dick Powell Show
Tom Cruise
War of the Worlds, Minority Report, Magnolia
Jon Voight
Heat, Pearl Harbor, National Treasure
Henry Czerny
The Ice Storm, Clear and Present Danger, The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Jean Reno
Leon, The Da Vinci Code, Godzilla
Ving Rhames
Pulp Fiction, Mission: Impossible II, Dawn of the Dead
Kristin Scott Thomas
The English Patient, Gosford Park, Four Weddings and a Funeral
Vanessa Redgrave
Deep Impact, Girl, Interrupted, The Pledge
 Music By
Danny Elfman
Good Will Hunting, Spider-Man 2, Men in Black
Lalo Schifrin
Mission: Impossible II, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2
Alan Silvestri
Forrest Gump, Back to the Future, Cast Away

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