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Firefox (1982)

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A pilot is sent into the Soviet Union on a mission to steal a prototype jet fighter that can be partially controlled by a neuralink

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The Soviets have developed a revolutionary new jet fighter, called "Firefox". Naturally, the British are worried that the jet will be used as a first-strike weapon, as rumours say that the jet is indetectable on radar. They send ex-Vietnam War pilot Mitchell Gant on a covert mission into the Soviet Union to steal Firefox. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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...the most devastating killing machine ever built... his job... steal it!


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Firefox - tulikettu  »

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Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,152,948 (USA) (18 June 1982)

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$46,700,000 (USA)
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When the novel was written and the film was in principal photography, Yuri Andropov was head of the KGB. Andropov then became CPSU General Secretary succeeding Konstantin Chernenko. As shooting had started, it was too late to re-cast the part of KGB Chairman Andropov. When the movie was released, Andropov was no longer head of the KGB. Originally, Andropov was not well known and casting Wolf Kahler, who did not look like him, was no issue then. But by the time the movie launched, Andropov had become well-known, with the actor in the movie bearing little physical resemblance to him. See more »

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Upenskoy: Don't say anything. Your words would be useless, maybe even insulting. Just fly the damn plane.
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Cool Plane, Mediocre Cold War Film
17 April 2001 | by (Oldwick, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Firefox", while definitely dated, is a good Cold War spy thriller that falls far short of being great. Clint Eastwood plays Mitchell Gant, a burned-out Vietnam fighter pilot who's enlisted to steal a high-tech, heavily-armed, stealth Soviet fighter plane right out of its Siberian hangar. The first half of the film is a John le Carre type thriller – Clint sneaking into Moscow, assuming a Soviet pilot's identity, and making his way to the experimental Firefox fighter craft. The second half, when he climbs into the cockpit of the Firefox, is where the real fun begins.

While entertaining, the film isn't particularly great – apart from Clint's gritty performance as Mitchell Gant, none of the other actors manage to stand out in any way. The jet fighter sequences also haven't stood the test of time – they looked great in the Eighties, but now they just look dated and unrealistic. Certain scenes in the film are little more than padding, buying breathing room between action scenes and doing little else. There's enough tension and action scattered throughout the film to make `Firefox' fun, but there's much better Cold War movies than this (`The Russia House' and `The Hunt for Red October' easily come to mind), and there's certainly much better Clint Eastwood movies than this. B-/C+


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