‘The Phantom Menace‘ (1999) and ‘Attack Of The Clones‘ (2002) aren’t the only movies to have filmed at Caserta Palace as the third installment of the ‘Mission: Impossible‘ movie series also used this place which is 25 kilometres north of Naples. There is a 20 minute Italian segment in this JJ Abrams directed sequel to ‘MI:2‘ (2000) or ‘Mission: Impossible 2′ as many of us preferred to call it! Thankfully this film, released a decade on from the first one, was simply known as ‘Mission: Impossible III‘.
There are brief shots of the real Rome first though to help establish the location with St Peter’s Basilica seen in the background of this bridge crossing the River Tiber.
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in Priest disguise is seen walking through the Palace.
A couple of brief shots of Declan Gormley (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) at the real St Peter’s Square are blended in with footage filmed at Caserta Palace.
Hunt and his team infiltrate the Vatican and manage to snatch both antagonist Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and the mysterious object called the Rabbit’s Foot,
The Italian part concludes with Hunt and co in a motorboat tearing off down the River Tiber, past Ponte Sant Angelo which famously featured in ‘Roman Holiday‘ (1953).
The rest of the story then moves back to the USA before finishing up in Shanghai and Xitang in China.
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