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PG-13| 1 hr. 50 min.

Plot Summary
When U.S. government operative Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his mentor, Jim Phelps (Jon Voight), go on a covert assignment that takes a disastrous turn, Jim is killed, and Ethan becomes the prime murder suspect. Now a fugitive, the desperate Hunt recruits brilliant hacker Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) and maverick pilot Franz Krieger (Jean Reno) to help him sneak into a heavily guarded CIA building in order to nab a confidential computer file that will prove his innocence.

Cast: Tom Cruise , Jon Voight , Emmanuelle Béart , Henry Czerny , Jean Reno , Ving Rhames , Kristin Scott Thomas , Vanessa Redgrave

Director: Brian De Palma

Genres: Action

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Mission: Impossible (1996)

Release Date: May 22nd, 1996|1 hr. 50 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • It's the worst kind of convoluted thriller -- it can never unravel satisfactorily because there's nothing simple at its center, just more confusion. show more

  • Stylish, brisk but lacking in human dimension despite an attractive cast. [22 May 1996, p. D1] show more

  • The bottom line on a film like this is, Tom Cruise looks cool and holds our attention while doing neat things that we don't quite understand--doing them so quickly and with so much style that we put our questions on hold, and go with the flow. show more

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  • Quantum of Solace (2008)

  • The Bourne Identity (2002)

  • Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (2011)

  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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