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Mission: Impossible III (2006)

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IMF Agent Ethan Hunt comes into conflict with a dangerous and sadistic arms dealer who threatens his life and his fiancee in response.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Ethan Hunt
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Owen Davian
Ving Rhames ... Luther
Billy Crudup ... Musgrave
Michelle Monaghan ... Julia
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Declan
Keri Russell ... Lindsey Farris
Maggie Q ... Zhen
Simon Pegg ... Benji
Eddie Marsan ... Brownway
Laurence Fishburne ... Theodore Brassel
Bahar Soomekh ... Davian's Translator
Jeff Chase ... Davian's Bodyguard
Michael Berry Jr. ... Julia's Kidnapper
Carla Gallo ... Beth
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Storyline

A man named Owen Davian kills an IMF agent that was sent undercover by the legendary Ethan Hunt, who has retired from combat missions. Hunt now has a fiancé, Julia, who believes that he works for the traffic department when he really trains younger IMF agents to go into combat. He is assigned to his last mission. His mission, should he choose to accept it is to capture Davian, who is selling a toxic weapon called the rabbits foot. But Davian is reckless, cruel, and deathly. He promises Hunt that he will find Julia, hurt her, and Ethan will be too dead to help her. The mission is no more different to others, its dangerous, smart, and impossible; but now it's personal.

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of frenetic violence and menace, disturbing images and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount [United States]

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Release Date:

5 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M:i:III See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,743,273, 7 May 2006

Gross USA:

$134,029,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$397,850,012
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2.35 : 1
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Keri Russell trained for three months in preparation for her big action scenes. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 7 mins) In the Bay Bridge attack as the missile detonates on Ethan's left side, Ethan is hurled to the left, not the right as one would expect. See more »

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Owen Davian: [to Ethan] We put an explosive charge in your head. Does that sound familiar?
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Best of My Love
Written by Al McKay (as Albert McKay) and Maurice White
Performed by The Emotions
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Cruise Control.
6 May 2006 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

An IMF agent kidnapped, a helicopter chase through windmills, a weapon of mass world destruction that cannot even be comprehended, hot new cars exploding, bridges blowing up, complex architectural geometry---metric system style, a Hannibal Lecter-styled restraining mask and of course that lit fuse that has always been the trademark of this television series/cinematic idea. Life is good for Tom Cruise in Virginia. His IMF days are relatively calm as he trains specialists while posing as an ordinary guy with new fiancé Michelle Monaghan. However, things are about to shatter in striking fashion as a crazed international arms dealer (recent Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman) is after an elusive device deemed as an anti-god weapon only known as the "rabbit's foot". Thus it is up to Cruise and his new team (franchise alum Ving Rhames and newcomers Maggie Q and Jonathan Rhys Meyers) to attempt the difficult and accomplish the impossible. IMF leaders Laurence Fishburne and Billy Crudup round out the high adrenaline mix. From Berlin to the Vatican to Shanghai, "Mission: Impossible 3" takes out all the stops and winds itself up into a heated frenzy from its shocking opening sequence all the way to its dramatic, action-packed conclusion. Making the audience forget the disaster that was "Mission: Impossible 2", first-time director J.J. Abrams (best known for ABC's breakout television hits "Alias" and "Lost") gets back to what made the original in 1996 so great and interesting---liquid mercury flow and pace. Cruise is near the top of his game and Hoffman is a legitimate scene-stealer in every sense of the term (even though his screen time is somewhat minuscule when you stop to think about it). The premise did not end up being Jerry Maguire vs. Truman Capote though as the duo gets into a crazed match of wits and verbal exchanges that culminates into sparks that are just as well thought-out and executed as the most intense of action motifs. As summer blockbusters and entertainment vehicles go, you can't do much better at the movie house than this winner. 4 stars out of 5.


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