Factual error: The vents that Hunt and his sidekick crawl down at CIA Headquarters are standard galvanized iron box vents; they are very common in the building trade. Try walking or crawling down one - you'll make a noise like the sky is falling down. People will be able to hear you for miles. Every person in that building would know somebody crawling about in the vent system. (This error applies to dozens of films, not only this one).
Jim Phelps (Voight) finds Ethan at the trian station in London and tells him that Kittridge is the mole. Ethan pretends to believe him but he actually has got it all figured out (that Phelps faked his own death and killed the rest of the team) and tells Phelps about the exchange on the trian so he will turn up. On the train Ethan gives Max the NOC list and Luther sends a jamming signal so she can't send it. Meanwhile Ethan (disguised as Phelps) tests Claire to see if she knew about all of what happining. It turns out she knew about Phelps and Ethan reveals himself. Phelps then comes out with a gun and is busted when Ethan puts on the camera glasses and then Phelps shoots claire, killing her. He goes on the roof of the trian to be picked up by Kriger(Reno) in a chopper. (Who now we know works for Phelps). Ethan attaches the chopper to the trian and Phelps jumps on the chopper. So does Ethan and he sticks the explosive gum on the chopper killing Kriger and Phelps. Max is busted by Kittridge and Luther and Ethan and let back in to IMF.
Senator John Waltzer: We were living in a democracy the last time I checked.
Trivia: An early draft of the script was set to feature several characters from the original series all being killed off to raise the stakes for the new characters. The producers wanted to bring back as many of the original actors as possible. All declined, as they felt it was disrespectful to the original series. As a result, only the character of Jim Phelps was brought back, albeit as a surprise villain and not a hero.
Question: At the end of the movie, why does Ethan appear so shocked when the flight attendant asks if he wants to watch a movie? I understand that this is probably another mission, but why does he react the way he does?
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