Mission Impossible

Theatrical Release: May 22, 1996
Mission Impossible


A former Russian spy selling international intelligence on the black market … a list containing names of the top undercover agents in the world … a corrupt agent doubling for an unknown organization … a mysterious arms dealer … a spy agency ready to disavow the actions or existence of any of its members captured or killed … and one man on a mission which seems impossible …

Dove Review

There is a lot of action and the use of false faces in this film which makes for an intriguing plot. Unfortunately, there are strong violent scenes as well as strong language. This is not one for the entire family.

Jon Voight and Tom Cruise head up this movie which is about a mission to retrieve a special secret list. Things go wrong from the first which causes some loss of lives and it becomes apparent there is a mole on the inside of the operation. The question is; who is the mole? Learning who he can trust becomes a real test for Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise). It is a shame that some of the content wasn’t toned down so we could have awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie. Unfortunately, we can’t.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Brief kissing scene; a married woman kisses a single man's hands.
Language: GD-1; J-2; Chr*st-1; G/OMG-5; SOB-5; H-7; D-6; A-3; S-1
Violence: Man strikes other man; man who was apparently shot is seen with bloody hands and he falls into river; woman's bloody face briefly seen; man hits object and is killed as runaway elevator shoots up; man seen with a bloody chest; woman is stabbed and some blood is seen; explosions; car on fire; man is punched; man threatens to cut another man's throat; woman is shot by a relation and dies; men in danger on top of train; a helicopter explosion costs two men their lives.
Drugs: Man smokes cigar; smoking of cigarettes; man seen walking with bottle of liquor; injection of needle;
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: Man vomits a few times but it is only heard not seen; some characters betray each other.


Company: Paramount Home Entertainment
Writer: Bruce Geller and David Koepp
Director: Brian De Palma
Producer: Paula Wagner
Genre: Action
Runtime: 110 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter