A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »
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
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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 Leonid Brezhnev. 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 »
Wires supporting the MiG-31 model are clearly visible in a close-up just when the plane touches down on the glacier. See more »
[Kontarsky has arrived in the hanger, and spotted Gant in the cockpit of the MIG-31]
Doors. Close the doors!
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There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. This has since become a trademark of all Eastwood-directed films. See more »
During the height of the Cold War, the Soviet military develops a super high-tech fighter aircraft - it flies fast, has deadly weapons, and has technology that allows the pilot to control guided missiles with his mind. Basically any army with this baby in its arsenal will have air superiority. Clint is assigned to steal it from the heart of Soviet territory for the USA.
The plot is fairly generic and in this day and age most Cold War thrillers have seem to have lost much of their edge, but this is nonetheless an entertaining film from Eastwood. It is not one of his best and not one that he will be remembered for, but no one can deny the slickness of the plane of the title. The final section of the film, which admittedly does take a while to get to, has Clint flying around and raising hell is a fun ride and on par with the final chase in "Where Eagles Dare" in terms of entertainment. However, the buildup has enough suspense to make the whole movie worth a watch. 7/10
Rated PG: violence
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