Factual error: The vents that Hunt and his sidekick crawl down at CIA Headquarters are standard galvanized steel 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.
Franz Krieger: If we're going to Virginia why don't we drop by Fort Knox? I could fly a helicopter through the lobby and set it down right inside the vault. And it would be a hell of a lot easier than breaking into the goddamn CIA.
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: How does seeing Phelps on the train on his watch via Ethan's glasses camera make Kittridge reach the conclusion that Phelps is the mole and Job? He thought Ethan was the mole the whole time, and Ethan didn't really help his case by telling Kittridge on the phone at Liverpool Street station about how arresting his mother and his uncle was a huge mistake, when Ethan has been trying to clear his name the whole time.
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