History Film / MissionImpossible

8th Jun '16 3:45:50 AM Sullivan
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In the first film, made in 1996 and troped on this page, Jim Phelps is called upon for a new assignment dealing with very sensitive information regarding IMF agents and their cover [=IDs=]. He brings in his standard crew, including point man Ethan Hunt, and they plan out how to recover the info. Unfortunately, their mission was compromised horribly and Ethan finds himself the lone survivor and the top suspect as a traitor. The discovery of two other survivors doesn't alleviate his paranoia, so he goes into the list of blacklisted former IMF agents to put together another team to get to the bottom of their original mission and the conspiracy behind it. Directed by Brian [=DePalma=] (yes, ''[[Film/{{Carrie 1976}} that]]'' [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} one]]), the movie became well known for the interweaving and [[GambitPileup complicated plotting.]] (And the signature image pictured above) This is the least violent Mission Impossible film, by far. And given that you can clearly see an eye gouging for a few frames and that [=DePalma=] is the one helming this one, that's saying something. The film however was (and remains) very divisive among long-time fans of the TV series (due to who the villain is, and the fact the story tends to focus on a single character, rather than a team), and was publicly disowned by at least two cast members of the original series.

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In the first film, made in 1996 and troped on this page, Jim Phelps is called upon for a new assignment dealing with very sensitive information regarding IMF agents and their cover [=IDs=]. He brings in his standard crew, including point man Ethan Hunt, and they plan out how to recover the info. Unfortunately, their mission was compromised horribly and Ethan finds himself the lone survivor and the top suspect as a traitor. The discovery of two other survivors doesn't alleviate his paranoia, so he goes into the list of blacklisted former IMF agents to put together another team to get to the bottom of their original mission and the conspiracy behind it. Directed by Brian [=DePalma=] (yes, ''[[Film/{{Carrie 1976}} that]]'' [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} one]]), the movie became well known for the interweaving and [[GambitPileup complicated plotting.]] (And the signature image pictured above) This is the least violent Mission Impossible film, by far. And given that you can clearly see an eye gouging for a few frames and that [=DePalma=] is the one helming this one, that's saying something. The film however was (and remains) very divisive among long-time fans of the TV series (due to who the villain is, and the fact the story tends to focus on a single character, rather than a team), and was publicly disowned disavowed by at least two cast members of the original series.
4th Jun '16 6:47:09 PM gewunomox
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* PopStarComposer: The theme was rearranged by [[{{U2}} Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.]].

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* PopStarComposer: The theme was rearranged by [[{{U2}} [[Music/{{U2}} Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.]].
27th May '16 2:36:43 PM JamesAustin
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-->'''Flight Attendant:''' [[BookEnds Would you consider the cinema of the Caribbean? Aruba, perhaps?]]

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-->'''Flight Attendant:''' [[BookEnds [[{{Bookends}} Would you consider the cinema of the Caribbean? Aruba, perhaps?]]
16th May '16 5:13:18 AM The12thDoctor
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->''Your mission, should you choose to accept it...''

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->''Your ->''"Your mission, should you choose to accept it...''
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* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: [[spoiler: When Phelps lies that Kittridge is the mole, he claims he betrayed them because he had become useless after the fall.]]
* YouLookLikeYouveSeenAGhost: Happens to Ethan twice. [[spoiler: And both of them were behind it all.]]

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* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Phelps lies that Kittridge is the mole, he claims he betrayed them because he had become useless after the fall.]]
* YouLookLikeYouveSeenAGhost: Happens to Ethan twice. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And both of them were behind it all.]]




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-->'''Flight Attendant:''' Excuse me. Mr. Hunt? Would you like to watch a movie?
-->'''Ethan Hunt:''' Oh, uh, no thank you.
-->'''Flight Attendant:''' [[BookEnds Would you consider the cinema of the Caribbean? Aruba, perhaps?]]
15th May '16 8:44:05 PM The12thDoctor
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mi1.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"This tape will self-destruct in five seconds."'']]



28th Apr '16 12:27:41 AM Tdarcos
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* ReassignedToAntarctica: After discovering Ethan Hunt has stolen the NOC List literally right out from under Donloe's nose, Eugene Kittridge tells an associate, "I want him [Donloe] manning a radar tower in Alaska by the end of the day. Just mail him his clothes."
9th Apr '16 1:36:15 PM AlphaHandingGems
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* POVCam: In the party scene in Prague, this shot is used for many characters who work in Ethan's team.
9th Apr '16 10:09:56 AM AlphaHandingGems
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* DreamSequence: Ethan dreams of being approached and grabbed by Jim.
20th Feb '16 5:27:58 PM Ghilz
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Despite the movie being the TropeNamer for MissionImpossibleCableDrop. which in turn would set the bar for the high concept scenes and stunts of the sequel, the first film is VERY different in tone. There's very little in terms of action scenes until the end - even the titular MissionImpossibleCableDrop scene is more tension than action or complex stunts. Ethan's character doesn't have that "larger than life" reputation and presentation the other films give him. It's a much more quiet and psychological film whose tone does clash with its sequels, who would become more known for their action and stunts when watching the series back to back.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Despite the movie being the TropeNamer for MissionImpossibleCableDrop. which in turn would set the bar for the high concept scenes and stunts of the sequel, sequels, the first film is VERY different in tone.tone from them. There's very little in terms of action scenes until the end - even the titular MissionImpossibleCableDrop scene is more tension than action or complex stunts. Ethan's character doesn't have that "larger than life" reputation and presentation the other films give him. It's a much more quiet and psychological film whose tone does clash with its sequels, who would become more known for their action and stunts stunts, when watching the series back to back.
20th Feb '16 5:24:56 PM Ghilz
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** All of the movies feature [[spoiler:spies who turned rogue]] as villains, except the fourth which bucks the trend (See its entry under TheMole). In all case but Rogue Nation, the spies in question are [[spoiler:former IMF Agents]].

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** All of the movies feature [[spoiler:spies who turned rogue]] as villains, except the fourth which bucks the trend (See its entry under TheMole). In all case but Rogue Nation, the spies in question are [[spoiler:former IMF Agents]].


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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Despite the movie being the TropeNamer for MissionImpossibleCableDrop. which in turn would set the bar for the high concept scenes and stunts of the sequel, the first film is VERY different in tone. There's very little in terms of action scenes until the end - even the titular MissionImpossibleCableDrop scene is more tension than action or complex stunts. Ethan's character doesn't have that "larger than life" reputation and presentation the other films give him. It's a much more quiet and psychological film whose tone does clash with its sequels, who would become more known for their action and stunts when watching the series back to back.
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