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Mission: Impossible 

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Greg Morris ...  Barney Collier 171 episodes, 1966-1973
Peter Lupus ...  Willy Armitage 161 episodes, 1966-1973
Peter Graves ...  James Phelps / ... 143 episodes, 1967-1973
Barbara Bain ...  Cinnamon Carter 78 episodes, 1966-1969
Martin Landau ...  Rollin Hand / ... 76 episodes, 1966-1969
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Storyline

Jim Phelps is the head of a super-secret government agency, the IMF (Impossible Missions Force), and is often given secret anonymous covert missions to attempt. Quite often, they are unmasking criminals or rescuing hostages. He picks his team depending on which tasks need to be done. One thing is vital on an Impossible Mission: the mission must be carried out in entire secrecy, often relying on high-tech equipment and elaborate deceptions. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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No job is too dangerous, difficult or deadly for the Impossible Missions Force. In color. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mission: Impossible See more »

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Runtime:

(168 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Despite the IMF being a secret organization, many of the team members had a very high public profile. They are featured on magazine covers: Cinnamon was "model of the year", Rollin was a well-know actor, Barney was founder/owner/president of an electronics firm, and Willy was a record setting weightlifter. See more »

Goofs

In many episodes, Jim closes the snap binding on the IMF folder, but when the camera zooms to it for the title sequence the snap is shown open. See more »

Quotes

Voice on Tape: Good morning Mister Phelps.
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Crazy Credits

During the first season, Martin Landau was credited as a special guest star. This was because Landau refused to sign a standard five-year contract, but producer Bruce Geller wanted him badly enough that he agreed to use him on a "guest star" basis. Although Landau ended up appearing in a majority of the Season One episodes, he didn't sign a contract (and then only for a year at a time) until the second season. See more »

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Covert operations with class
6 May 2006 | by sgc_majesticSee all my reviews

The original Mission Impossible was covert operations with class and saddle suspense. The writing, directing, and acting where nothing less that outstanding. Tom Cruise could and should take lesions from the original cast and crew.

Bang-bang, shoot them up action it wasn't. The series showed the "slip in- manipulate, and slip out. JOB DONE role of special covert operations teams and there members, BUT of course our government would never have special covert operations teams like the I.M.F. would they after all the government disavows any knowledge of there actions.

The show took place in the middle of the cold war that was actually heating up at the time and showed how the United States gained access to foreign intelligence.

The technology is vintage late 1960s to early 1970s and those of us who can still remember that time will like take pleasure in seeing items that are only a memory now.


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