It’s the movie that kicked off a blockbuster franchise but where can Mission: Impossible be found online? Mission: Impossible is a classic spy series that began in the 1960s, and revolved around the “impossible” antics conducted by the IMF. The series featured actors like Leonard Nimoy, Martin Landau, and Peter Graves and it was famous for it’s labyrinthine plots and the elaborate schemes pulled off by the main characters. The series was given a revival in the late 1980s that only lasted for two seasons, with Graves being the only returning actor.

Mission: Impossible is best-known nowadays as a blockbuster franchise headed by Tom Cruise. The first movie is a stylish thriller helmed by Brian De Palma (Scarface), and the original brief was that each entry would be directed by a new filmmaker who would bring their own distinct style to it. John Woo turned Mission: Impossible 2 into an explosive action movie, while Brad Bird brought his own kinetic style to 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The director rule was later broken for Cruise’s frequent collaborator Christopher McQuarrie, who helmed parts 5 and 6, and will do the same for the upcoming Mission: Impossible 7 and 8.

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Mission: Impossible marked something of a turning point for Tom Cruise’s career too, as his following projects would place more emphasis on action and stunts. Despite featuring some fantastic setpieces like the Langley sequence, the first Mission: Impossible is probably the most subdued in terms of action and is more of a paranoid thriller with a famously tangled plot. The movie isn’t currently available to stream on platforms like Netflix, Hulu or Prime in the U.S., however.

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Instead, Mission: Impossible can be rented from prices starting at $2.99 from YouTube, Google Play, Vudu or iTunes; likewise, it can be purchased from $6.99 on Amazon, Vudu, iTunes or YouTube. The original Mission: Impossible remains controversial for the reveal that Jon Voight’s Jim Phelps – the IMF team leader from the original series – is the main villain. This is in stark contrast to the noble Phelps seen in the TV series, with original performer Peter Graves being vocally unhappy about the character’s turn to the dark side.

The first Mission: Impossible still stands as a gripping, old-fashioned spy thriller. While the exact plotline for Mission: Impossible 7 is still a mystery, fans were excited by the announcement that Henry Czerny’s smarmy IMF agent Kittridge would finally be returning to the series after the first movie. Kittridge suspected Ethan Hunt of being the mole and betraying his own IMF team and pursued him throughout the movie.

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