Happy 20th to Mission: Impossible (1996)


It’s been 20 years since the Brain De Palma directed classic hit the screens and spawned a franchise that just keeps getting better.

We’re all familiar with that very first note of the fantastically wonderful theme tune of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Originally based on the TV series of the same name, the Brian De Palma directed Mission: Impossible featured the talents of the ever growing in popularity Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Jon Voight, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Emmanuelle Béart.

Memorable and Arguably Dangerous AF Scene
Tom Cruise has become synonymous with wanting to do his own stunt work and having insanely insane action sequences whenever he is in a M:I movie. The “Fish Tank” scene in which Ethan is accused of being a mole is an example of an idea Cruise had that would just be swell to witness on screen.

After shooting the scene with a stuntman, director De Palma felt it “did not look convincing” so he asked Cruise if he could do the scene himself, despite the “possibility that the actor could have drowned.”

There were 16 tons of water in all of the tanks and when the climactic detonation would occur, there were obvious concerns that the glass would possibly fly out and hurt someone.

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Critical Reception
Other than the second entry of the franchise, the Rotten Tomatoes scores for the Mission: Impossible franchise has only grown, with the latter two entries, both released 15 years following the first, garnering the highest scores of the entire franchise.
Ghost Protocol (2011) and Rogue Nation (2015) both scoring a 93%

Jim Phelps: Any questions?
Ethan Hunt: Yeah. Could we get a cappuccino machine in here? ‘Cause I don’t know what you call this.
Jack Harmen: I call it cruel and unusual.
Claire Phelps: Hey, I made that coffee.
Ethan: Exactly.



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