Director: Brian De Palma
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas , Vanessa Redgrave , Dale Dye, Marcel Iures, Ion Caramitru, Ingeborga Dapkunaite.
Tom Cruise takes the lead role in this 1996 action thriller directed by Brian De Palma. Loosely based on the hit American TV series that ran from the late 1960s to early 1970s, the film version tells the story of Ethan Hunt, an agent trying to clear his name after allegations have been made against him. He is desperate to vindicate himself by finding out the identity of the real villain who has set him up. The film also stars John Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Vanessa Redgrave and Henry Czerny.
The action is tense throughout the film as Hunt and his wife employ other disavowed agents to assist him. Together they put together and execute a plan which, after many twists and turns, finally succeeds in getting to the bottom of the conspiracy against Ethan Hunt. The film takes in many locations around the world, starting in Prague and visiting both the US and the United Kingdom.
One of the film's most famous and exciting scenes is a chase scene that involves a helicopter chasing a train bound for the Channel Tunnel, eventually ending up inside the tunnel itself. The Channel Tunnel opened in 1994 after six years of construction work but nearly 200 years since the idea was first seriously considered. It provides a highly convenient link for those in Britain to visit the rest of Europe, or those in the rest of Europe to visit Britain. The tunnel accommodates freight and vehicle carrying trains, as well as the passenger only Eurostar trains. The internal tunnel scenes in the film were actually filmed using the Albert R. Broccoli 007 stage at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath in Buckinghamshire.
Another UK location used in the film was the Anchor Pub at Bankside, Southwark in London. This is close to the historic landmark Tower Bridge , which can be seen in the film when Kittridge arrives in London by helicopter. A short tube ride from here to Liverpool Street Station will allow you to relive the meeting between Ethan and Jim at Ponti's Café. Also in London is the Tate Britain gallery at Millbank, Westminster in London, part of the magnificent Tate family of four art galleries. The Tate Britain contains a vast collection of British art from c1500 onwards. If you prefer something more contemporary, you can visit the Tate Modern , which houses an international collection of more modern art. Whilst in the Westminster area, you can also visit the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey .
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