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mi01| Mission Impossible
ID:
1996
Comments:
Director: Brian De Palma
Screenplay: Bruce Geller, David Koepp, Robert Towne, Steven Zaillian
Producer: J.C. Calciano, Paul Hitchcock, Paula Wagner
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 110
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Features: Special Edition
Studio:  Paramount DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  Apr 2006 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) [$12.98]
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Reviews:  A flashy, splashy summer-movie blockbuster that's fun and exciting without being mindless? That's the impossible mission accomplished by director Brian De Palma, star-coproducer Tom Cruise, and the crack team of "Mission: Impossible". Based on the '60s TV show and an almost impenetrably complex (but nonetheless thrilling) original story by David Koepp ("Jurassic Park") and Steven Zaillian ("Schindler's List"), with a screenplay by Koepp and Robert Towne ("Chinatown", "Shampoo"), "Mission: Impossible" begins with veteran agent Jim Phelps (Jon Voight) and his expert crew embarking on a mission that goes horribly, horribly wrong. But nothing is what it seems. The nail-biting set piece--always a signature of director De Palma ("Carrie", "The Untouchables")--in which Cruise is lowered from the ceiling to retrieve information from a computer in a high-security vault--is an instant classic. But perhaps even more impressive, at least in retrospect, is a flashback sequence in which two characters attempt to reconstruct a series of events from multiple points of view. It's pretty daring and sophisticated stuff for a big-budget spy movie, but brains were always what put the "Mission: Impossible" team ahead of the competition, anyway, no? "--Jim Emerson"


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