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Mission Impossible [VHS] [1996]

4.1 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Writers: Bruce Geller, David Koepp, Robert Towne, Steven Zaillian
  • Producers: J.C. Calciano, Paul Hitchcock, Paula Wagner
  • Format: Dolby
  • Language: English, French
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CTGX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tom Cruise stars as master of disguise Ethan Hunt, an IMF (Impossible Mission Force) agent hunted by his own agency after a mission in Prague goes wrong. Going to ground, he enlists the help of two discredited agents to track down the real villain of the piece, a quest that takes him to the heart of CIA operations. A hi-tech updating of the sixties TV series, with the spectacular set-pieces that are a trademark of director Brian De Palma.

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Mission: Impossible was one of the best action blockbusters of the 1990s, deriving a quality unique amongst its peers from the tension between Brian De Palma's directorial stylisation and the overriding presence of its star and producer, Tom Cruise. Cruise plays Special Forces agent Ethan Hunt, disavowed as a traitor by his own superiors and forced to uncover the true mole to prove his innocence. The original 1960s television series provides not only the wonderful musical motif, but also the layered complexity of false realities and masked identities, which are revealed with the playful conjuring of a Russian doll.

This was Cruise's last movie as an angst-ridden youth (next stop was Jerry Maguire and the trials of family life) and he presents Ethan Hunt as caught between his heroic physical prowess and a trusting emotional na¨vety that is painfully punctured by the treachery of those around him. Hollywood heavyweights Jon Voight (Heat) and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction) are both excellent in support, while the remaining cast reads like an identikit of European cinema, including Emanuelle Beart, Kristin Scott Thomas and Jean Reno (Leon).

De Palma's trademark set-pieces include a giant exploding fishtank in Prague, a helicopter chase through the Channel Tunnel, and, most notably, a break-in to steal a vital disc from CIA headquarters in Langley. The moment in the latter when, in almost complete silence, Cruise dangles precariously from a cable and just catches a bead of sweat before it triggers the floor alarm is as sublimely exhilarating as any in American movies of the last 10 years. --Steve Napleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: VHS Tape
Tom Cruise stars in this movie blockbuster based on the television series of the same name. Also starring actors of the highest quality like Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Jon Voight and Kristin Scott Thomas. The story is that Ethan Hunt(Cruise) and his team are set up on a mission, every one is killed but Hunt, sparking suspicions among his colleages. Hunt is disavowed, so he sets out with a new team to clear his name and find the traitor. What follows is an exciting and intruiging adventure. De Palmas masterful direction builds buckets of tension and paranoia throughout. This leads to a wonderful climactic ending. On release this was criticised for being complicated and in need of simplification, that is rubbish, the plot is complex and involving and is far superior to the trigger happy explosion fest that is the sequel. We finally have an intelligent blockbuster which well deserves the 5 stars.
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Format: Blu-ray
YOUR MISSION SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT........
With number '5' due for release on the 7th December i felt it was time to re-trace the journey of this exciting action
movie-series starring 'Tom Cruise' ......this the first of the Five......
The opening mission goes belly-up the team directed by 'Jim Phelps' (Jon Voight) and led by 'Ethan Hunt' (Tom Cruise)
are seemingly drawn into a trap and are ambushed, they had been trying to prevent 'agent identification' falling into
the wrong hands....now, other than 'Nathan Hunt' and it seems 'Claire' (Emmanuelle Beart) the team are all dead.
'Nathan' quickly realizes his team had been betrayed by a insider, but who ? ....as things stand he is prime suspect, and
is being sought by the agency.
He is now on a mission to clear his name and find the 'mole' however the agency do not play by the rules, 'Nathan's'
Mother and Uncle are arrested on a trumped-up-charge which is well publicist to force him to surface and give himself up,
hoping his Mother will understand he has to continue his quest to uncover the truth, though there are few he can trust to
help.........he will find that everything had not been as it had seemed following the earlier mission.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Shot in Prague before it became synonymous with cheap labor and tax breaks for runaway productions, the initial signs were less than promising for Mission: Impossible - rumors of clashes between Cruise and Brian De Palma, the latter pointedly keeping a very low public profile when the film opened, last-minute heavy re-editing and the dropping of Alan Silvestri's original score (not, it has to be said, anywhere near as effective as Danny Elfman's replacement) - yet the result is a lot more fun than it has any real right to be. There's little relation to the original series aside from the title, Lalo Schifrin's theme music and an ill-done by Jim Phelps, here played by Jon Voight rather than Peter Graves - indeed, the original cast turned down offers of cameos in a film which kills off almost the entire Impossible Mission Force in the first twenty minutes so the star can hog the spotlight. But then, in those days Tom Cruise still sold more tickets than anyone else and the film raked it in - as they say in gangster movies, it's nothing personal, just business.

Although it was apparently Emmanuelle Beart's role that bore the brunt of the pre-release cuts, Cruise is in more danger of being overshadowed by co-stars Ving Rhames and Jean Reno, neither of whom get as many close-ups but make up for it with much more unforced charisma and screen presence.
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Format: DVD
A materpice of a spy thriller. A truely enjoyable 90 minutes of *Tom Cruise* being well, just Tom to be honest. He's cool, suave and quick to ACT! The story is nearly as good as the theme tune (see title) and the feel is *glossy* and yet somehow comic book despite overtures of classy sets and Bondesk enlightenment. Don a dark suit, get out those *Ray Bans* from the closet and make sure you spend a good 10 minutes in front of the mirror saying ***'If I told you where I was going I wouldn't be on holiday'***! Make sure nobody sees you!
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Format: VHS Tape
It is exiting to watch a film that uses brains instead of fists to solve problems. This is one of these films. There is very little violence, so the main character has to use other skills in order to come up with a solution.
Tom Cruise is as always a very good actor, and in this film, even though it is not heavy, it is a film that deserves his talent.
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