Mission: Impossible (1988–1990)
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As dictator Luis Berezan began to get increasingly weakened by old age and illness, the people in his country of Alcante finally saw it fit to start a long-awaited revolution against his ... See full summary »

Director:

Rod Hardy

Writers:

Bruce Geller (created by), Robert Brennan
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Peter Graves ... Jim Phelps
Thaao Penghlis ... Nicholas Black
Antony Hamilton ... Max Harte (as Tony Hamilton)
Phil Morris ... Grant Collier
Terry Markwell Terry Markwell ... Casey Randall
Jane Badler ... Shannon Reed
Bob Johnson Bob Johnson ... Voice on Disc (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mitzi Gaynor ... Patsy Blair (archive footage)
BarBara Luna ... Emelia Berezan (as Barbara Luna)
Michael Murdock Michael Murdock ... Guard (as Michael Murdoch)
Jamie O'Connor Jamie O'Connor ... Mono Rail Attendant
Michael Pate ... Luis Berezan
Noel Trevarthen ... Mr. Crothers
Richard Williams Richard Williams ... Anchorman
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As dictator Luis Berezan began to get increasingly weakened by old age and illness, the people in his country of Alcante finally saw it fit to start a long-awaited revolution against his regime. Luis Berezan and his wife Emelia fled the country - not without first, however, emptying Alcante's treasury - and sought asylum in the United States. In the US, they live a life in luxury, while the people in the bankrupt country they left behind starve. Jim Phelps and his team of agents get the assignment to locate and steal back the money originally stolen by the Berezans, with the purpose of returning it to the people of Alcante. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First episode to feature Jane Badler. See more »

Goofs

The satellite dishes on the house are pointed in opposite directions very low to the ground. To receive signals in the Florida Keys, the dishes should be pointing much higher and both in a southerly direction. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Guard: We got her! We got her!
Emilia Berezan: Bring her inside.
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Goodbye Terry, Hello Jane
13 March 2013 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Foxy IMF agent Casey (Terry Markwell) is murdered on assignment investigating the wife (Barbara Luna) of a delusional exiled dictator. Shannon (Jane Badler of "V") joins the IMF team for the mission temporarily but becomes a member of it permanently after Casey's corpse is discovered.

The others resolve to bring the dictator and his wife to justice for Casey's murder. This is the only episode in either version of the Mission: Impossible series TV series in which an agent was ever captured, killed then disavowed. Someone had to die eventually but as to why it had to be the Casey character there is conjecture about why Terry Markwell left the show.

Anthony Hamilton, Thaao Penghlis and Terry Markwell were the Australian actors who were part of the main cast. Terry Markwell had infinitely more beauty than acting talent. So weak was her screen presence in fact that she made Peter Graves look like a decent actor by comparison. She also happened to be a relative unknown to American audiences as Thaao Penghlis and Anthony Hamilton were well-established in America.

By replacing Markwell with Jane Badler - an established American TV star, they reduced the amount of Australians in the cast which allowed the show to better present itself as what it was scripted to be - the adventures of an American special missions force rather than an Australian special missions force. The cast then only had to carry Graves - a remaining link to the original version of the show. Badler also upgraded the appeal of the show with her star power. There could have been no second season without the change.

The cast would be augmented each week by a guest star who was usually an established American star but the bit parts would be filled mostly with Australian actors. That along with use of aged stock footage to set action outside Australia would tend to clue viewers in to where it was really being shot - Queensland.

Barbara Luna was also a guest star on the original CBS version of the show in its first season as an agent in peril.


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