History Trivia / MissionImpossible

10th Sep '16 7:45:24 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The film went into pre-production without a script that the filmmakers wanted to use. Creator/BrianDePalma designed the action sequences but neither David Koepp nor Robert Towne were satisfied with the story that would make these sequences take place. Towne ended up helping organize a beginning, middle and end to hang story details on while De Palma and Koepp worked on the plot. Towne rewrote scenes literally between takes during filming.
10th Sep '16 7:43:23 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** [[Music/U2 Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton]] were fans of the series and did their own version of the theme song.

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** [[Music/U2 [[Music/{{U2}} Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton]] were fans of the series and did their own version of the theme song.



** Creator/MichaelDouglas, Creator/AlPacnio and Creator/RobertRedford were considered for Jim Phelps.

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** Creator/MichaelDouglas, Creator/AlPacnio Creator/AlPacino and Creator/RobertRedford were considered for Jim Phelps.
10th Sep '16 7:42:22 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** One of the codenames on the NOC list is [[Film/TopGun "Maverick"]].
* ActorInspiredElement: The scene that takes place in a glass-walled restaurant with a big lobster tank in the middle and three huge fish tanks overhead was Creator/TomCruise's idea. There were 16 tons in all of the tanks and there was a concern that when they detonated, a lot of glass would fly around. Creator/BrianDePalma tried the sequence with a stuntman, but it did not look convincing and he asked Cruise to do it, despite the possibility that the actor could have drowned.



* LifeImitatesArt: Inspired by the film, a helicopter successfully flew through a tunnel in Brazil in 2006.
* MissingTrailerScene: A shot of Ethan and Claire kissing passionately is shown in the trailer (and indeed in the brief excerpts from the film at the start of the film itself) but doesn't feature within the movie.
* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/BrianDePalma said that one of the reasons why he agreed to direct the film was because he needed a commercial hit at that time.
* PromotedFanboy: Creator/TomCruise was an avid fan of the TV series.
** [[Music/U2 Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton]] were fans of the series and did their own version of the theme song.





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\n** Creator/GeorgeClooney was offered the part of Ethan Hunt but he turned down due to work in ''Film/OneFineDay''. Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/RalphFiennes, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/JohnTravolta and Creator/BruceWillis were later considered for the part before Creator/TomCruise got the role.
** Creator/MichaelDouglas, Creator/AlPacnio and Creator/RobertRedford were considered for Jim Phelps.
** The role of Claire was originally offered to Creator/JulietBinoche.
6th Jul '16 4:25:48 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* GenderFlip: Max was originally a man before Creator/VanessaRedgrave was cast.
5th Jun '16 11:38:35 AM Cindylover1969
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* AwardCategoryFraud: "The Seal" got Lalo Schifrin a Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition - even though a) the episode was almost completely tracked with music written for other episodes... and b) the only piece of original music in the episode was written by Jacques Urbont!
5th Jun '16 11:23:45 AM Cindylover1969
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Bruce Geller wanted ''Creator/HenryMancini'' to write the theme music (but because Mancini wouldn't get to keep the publishing rights, he said no).
30th May '16 6:34:21 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* CastingGag: The 80's sequel series starred Greg Morris's son (Phil Morris, perhaps best known as [[{{Seinfeld}} Jackie Chiles]]) as Barney Collier's son.

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* CastingGag: The 80's sequel series starred Greg Morris's son (Phil Morris, perhaps best known as [[{{Seinfeld}} [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} Jackie Chiles]]) as Barney Collier's son.
17th May '16 2:22:07 AM glickmam
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* DisownedAdaptation: Fans and cast members of the original TV series strongly disliked the first film because it made [[spoiler:Jim Phelps]] the villain. [[spoiler:''Creator/PeterGraves'' was offered the part of Phelps in the movie, but turned it down in disgust.]]

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* DisownedAdaptation: Fans and cast members of the original TV series strongly disliked the first film because it made [[spoiler:Jim Phelps]] the villain. [[spoiler:''Creator/PeterGraves'' [[spoiler:Creator/PeterGraves was offered the part of Phelps in the movie, but turned it down in disgust.disgust. In addition, Martin Landau (Rollin Hand) and Greg Morris (Barney Collier) were also quite critical about the film making Phelps the villain, with Morris actually storming out of the movie theater in anger before the film actually ended.]]
26th Apr '16 3:42:09 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Ethan's [[Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa voice actor]] in Japanese is [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Kyosuke]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Nanbu]].
26th Apr '16 3:41:54 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy: ''Mission: Impossible'' had pretty much every working character actor of the era as a guest star at some point, not to mention the working cast itself. Plus, the IM Force includes among its ranks [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Hikaru Sulu, Spock]], [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Lucille Bluth]] (or [[{{Archer}} Mallory Archer]], for a bit of ActorAllusion), and [[PoliceAcademy Eric Lassard]].
** In one episode, the team has to save young King [[TheBradyBunch Greg]]; in another, [[TheBradyBunch his dad Mike]] is an evil D.A.!
** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James T. Kirk]] plays a villain in two episodes (both ''after'' Spock left the show, unfortunately).
** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Khan Noonien Singh]] also played a villain in one episode, before Spock joined the show.
** In one episode, [[Series/HappyDays Mrs. C]] is [[spoiler: a housekeeper who turns out to be a spy.]]. Her husband turns up in another episode [[spoiler: as a Government agent undercover in the Mob - sorry, the ''Syndicate'']].
** In "The Rebel," the IMF team works with an idealistic young priest, better known to us as TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld.
** In "Homecoming," someone's strangling beautiful young women in Jim's hometown. And that someone is [[spoiler: [[Series/{{MASH}} Hot Lips]]!]]
** The agent that aids the IMF crew in the pilot of the TV series up until his hands are injured, forcing him to stay on the sidelines for the rest of the mission? Wally Cox, aka WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}.
** [[Series/{{Bewitched}} Larry Tate]] is an enemy agent in "Two Thousand."
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]] kills Jim Phelps' replacement in the first episode of the revival.
** Fans of Australian TV and film can also play this game when viewing the 1980s revival, which primarily made use of Australian guest actors.
** [[Film/TheMatrix Morpheus]], [[{{Felicity}} Felicity Porter]], [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun]], and [[Series/BreakingBad Jesse Pinkman]] as supporting characters in the third film.
** The fourth has [[Series/{{Lost}} Sawyer]], [[Film/BatmanBegins Carmine Falcone]], [[TheGirlWithTheDragonTattoo Mikael "Kalle" Blomkvist]], [[TheHurtLocker Sergeant James]] (but you may know him with his other codename, [[Film/TheAvengers2012 Hawkeye]]), and [[Film/SlumdogMillionaire Prem]] (or alternatively [[Series/TwentyFour President Hassan]]). And [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun]] is back.
* HeyItsThatVoice: The Telephone guy is [[ActorAllusion the Chatter Telephone]] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' and the "Hold Still" Message ("Match: Mr. Incredible.") and the newsreel presenter from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
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