• Mission: Impossible (1996)

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Release Date: 1996

DVD Release Date: November 17th, 1998

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, 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 to retrieve a confidential computer file that will prove his innocence.

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Henry Czerny, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jean Reno, Emmanuelle BĂ©art, Randall Paul

Director: Brian De Palma

Genres: Adventure, Action

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Cruise-Wagner Productions

Ratings & Reviews

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

  • Unfortunately, Mission: Impossible - which assembles a new Impossible Missions Force and plops it down in Kiev, Prague, London and Langley, Va. - doesn't have the momentum or suspense of De Palma's best pictures. It moves, awkwardly at times, from one elaborate set-piece to the next. [22 May 1996, p.E01]

  • 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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