Mission: Impossible (1996)

Genres - Action, Spy Film  |   Sub-Genres - Action Thriller, Glamorized Spy Film, Tech Noir  |   Release Date - May 22, 1996 (USA)  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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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 this spy adventure. 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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Keywords

office, bad-guy, betrayal, espionage, good-guy, killing, on-the-run, race-against-time, robbery, treason

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High Budget, High Production Values