The scene in question has Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt lowered down from the ceiling into a secure room, and it’s an incredibly thrilling scene that is expertly directed. The tension and stakes build up, forcing you to the edge of your seat. Cruise says he kept getting lowered too much, resulting in him hitting the floor multiple times, so director Brian De Palma came up with a way to just cut to Cruise at the end of the lowering. But Cruise insisted he could do it and finally nailed it — and many would likely agree that the movie is better for it.


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