Mission: Impossible

1996 PG-13 1h 50m Blu-ray / DVD

Mission: Impossible

1996 PG-13 1h 50m Blu-ray / DVD
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When Ethan Hunt, the leader of a crack espionage team whose perilous operation has gone awry with no explanation, discovers that a mole has penetrated the CIA, he's surprised to learn that he's the No. 1 suspect.
Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave, Dale Dye, Marcel Iures
Brian De Palma
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.35:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English SDH, English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers. PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is an action-packed, suspense-filled film that will appeal to adults and some teens, with lots of fighting, danger, and characters killed in unusual ways. There are some bloody visuals: clothes, hands, knifings, and a woman shot to death. Still, much of the violence is suggested rather than shown either using wide shots or with the camera cutting away before a grisly death actually happens. Adventurous stunts include daring fights and chases along with explosions, flooding, crashes through glass, a helicopter in pursuit of a high speed train with men fighting atop it, and a death-defying burglary of an impregnable security installation. The film contains occasional mild cursing, some smoking and drinking, a few drugs administered to subdue those who may be a threat, and a hint of a possible sexual indiscretion.

Sexual Content

An agent pats down a woman suspect, briefly touches her breasts. A few kisses and embraces.


Frequent action and lots of suspense. A series of attacks finds a team of agents killed early in the film by: a rigged elevator, a gunshot and fall from a bridge, a double knifing, and an exploding car. A restaurant is blown up and flooded; a man crashes through a window and escapes. There are numerous fights, which include punches, slaps to the head, knife fights, and gunfire (one woman is shot to death). A lengthy final sequence takes place atop a speeding train, with a helicopter chasing it and includes men jumping, falling, sliding, and hanging over the side of the train. There are some brief bloody images (hands, shirt, clothes), but in most instances deaths happen just after the camera cuts away or in wide shots, and are not graphic or gruesome.


Infrequent language inludes: "hell," "son of a bitch," "ass," "goddamn," and "for Christ's sake."

Social Behavior

In the fight between good and evil, honesty, integrity and bravery prevail. While trust is fragile and precious, even the most steadfast of allies may be corruptible.


Diet Coke, British Airways. Dunhill cigarettes and Chicago's Drake Hotel are mentioned in conversation and serve as plot elements. Some merchandising and heavy marketing for this series of films.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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