Mission: Impossible (1988–1990)
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After the death of his wife and the murder of his son, Professor Gregor Antonov, a European chess master and key scientist in an important Soviet defense project, has become increasingly ... See full summary »

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Bruce Geller (created by), Billy Marshall Stoneking
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Bryan Marshall ... Gregor Antonov
Rowena Wallace Rowena Wallace ... Major Natalia Zorbuskaya
Justin Monjo Justin Monjo ... Bakunin
Phillip Hinton Phillip Hinton ... Rultka
Max Phipps ... Rudensky
Brian Cahill Brian Cahill ... Judge
Simon Burvill-Holmes Simon Burvill-Holmes ... Reporter
David Lawrence Brown ... Yuri (as David Brown)
Donna Cameron Donna Cameron ... Woman
Allen Harvey Allen Harvey ... The Receptionist
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After the death of his wife and the murder of his son, Professor Gregor Antonov, a European chess master and key scientist in an important Soviet defense project, has become increasingly disillusioned with his work in the Cold War arms race. Disheartened, he has thoughts of defecting to the west, where he will live a quiet life together with his 15-year-old daughter Sasha, his only remaining family member. Soviet officials are however well aware of Antonov's hopes, and thus the security around him is rigorous. Jim Phelps and his team of agents are assigned to the mission of smuggling Antonov and his daughter out of the Soviet Union and to safety in the west. The perfect opportunity to do this appears to be during a chess tournament in Czechoslovakia, where the chess master Antonov is due to participate. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The moves of the chess games are announced in descriptive notation (P-K4). However, by the time this episode aired, algebraic notation (e4) was the standard for all international competition. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Woman: What is it?
Yuri: Shh.
Woman: Yuri?
Yuri: It's the police.
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Good old fashioned IMF trickery.
4 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Gregor Antonov is a champion Czech chess player and top scientist. However, he's become disillusioned with his country and would like to defect to the West...where his daughter now lives. However, the secret police will be watching him like a hawk to prevent such a thing...so getting him out of the country will be very difficult. So, the IM Force decides to use an upcoming chess tournament to try to get the man.

This is a very good episode and interestingly it uses the names of real nations--the USSR and Czechoslovakia. The way they used a magic used to whisk Antonov out of the country was brilliant...classic redirection and trickery. Very well done...though I wonder this one, like many of the early "Mission: Impossibles" (1988), was truly original or just a reworking of a much earlier episode of the original series. If it is and you can place it, let me know!


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