On this day in Film History: Mission Impossible, Round 1

(a day late, but interesting nonetheless!)

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Incredibly, the first Mission Impossible film opened in theaters 20 years ago! The story finds IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) on the run after a mission goes wrong and kills the rest of his team. His superiors have reason to believe that he (Hunt) was a mole supplying information to the enemy, and now Hunt has to clear his name before he is captured and convicted for a crime he knows he didn’t commit. Also, he needs to discover who the mole really is, and it turns out to be someone nobody expects.

The Mission Impossible films were adapted from the television series of the same name that ran from 1966-1973 (though the only character that makes the leap from TV to film is Jim Phelps). As it happens, the surviving television cast members unanimously disowned the film, saying that it strayed much too far from the premise of the show (and because they believed one character in particular would never act in the way depicted, I can’t say who because I really don’t want to spoil the twist).

Of the five films to date, this one is clearly the most dated in terms of the technology seen on screen, but it also features some of the most iconic moments as well (i.e. Ethan’s silent drop into the secure computer room).

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Fact: This moment has been replicated/imitated in every film in the series, but not always by the same person

Until Rogue Nation came out last year, I had actually never seen any of the Mission Impossible films before. But the previews for Rogue Nation looked so exciting, that I decided I should give the series a try before I leapt into the latest film. And once I did, I was hooked! In short order I watched I-IV (Ghost Protocol is still a particular favorite of mine), and I eagerly await the next installment of the series.

*all images are the property of Paramount Pictures

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