The Impossible Mission Force is called into action and then into question in this thriller based on the hit television series. Big-budget special effects and action sequences propel the complex story, as does the unmistakable musical score.
Released theatrically in the USA Wednesday, May 22, 1996. Its whopping six-day box-office gross of $74.9 million broke a bunch of records: biggest sneak-preview opening, biggest Wednesday opening, biggest May opening, highest Memorial Day opening, and highest six-day opening. The film went on to gross more than $180 million domestically and $465 million worldwide.
Shot on location in the Czech Republic (Prague); Scotland; Washington, DC; and at Pinewood Studios London, England.
"...MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE is an explosion of pleasures..." - 07/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.46-8
"...Stylish, brisk..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 05/22/1996 USA Today, p.1D
"...A Rubik's cube that keeps on twisting..." -- Rating: B - 06/07/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.44
"...Cruise tackles the action genre even more convincingly than he did in TOP GUN....And he looks great, too..." - 05/20/1996 Variety
"...A sleek, whooshingly entertaining update of the vintage television series....MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE catapults you into the wildest movie ride of the year..." - 05/22/1996 New York Times, p.C13
"...MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE has lots going for it -- a charismatic star in Tom Cruise, Brian De Palma's sleek, elegant direction, a first-rate cast, a superb suspense sequence, lots of action capped by a breathtaking stunt at the climax..." - 05/21/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
4 stars out of 5 -- "Jacking his own paranoid angst into this slicked-up spy thriller, Brian De Palma maxes suspense and style to cut the template for post-Bond techno-blockbusters." - 07/01/2006 Total Film, p.127