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Firefox (1982)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  18 June 1982 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Huffman ...
Captain Buckholz
Ronald Lacey ...
Kenneth Colley ...
Klaus Löwitsch ...
General Vladimirov (as Klaus Lowitsch)
Thomas Hill ...
Clive Merrison ...
Kai Wulff ...
Dimitra Arliss ...
Austin Willis ...
Michael Currie ...
Captain Seerbacker


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 <>

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


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Release Date:

18 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Firefox - Volpe di fuoco  »

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Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$46,700,000 (USA)

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A new special effects technique for the shooting of the flying sequences called "Reverse Blue-Screen Photography" was developed by John Dykstra for this picture. Wikipedia states that the process involved "coating the model with phosphorus paint and photographing it first with strong lighting against a black background and then with ultraviolet light to create the necessary male and female mattes to separate the foreground model and the background footage. This enabled the shiny black model to be photographed flying against a clear blue sky and gleaming white snow; compare this with traditional blue-screen technique used in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)". See more »


The Firefox is described as being able to reach "Mach 5, even Mach 6, and maintain it." However, the overall design of the aircraft is not nearly aerodynamic enough for such speeds. Experimental Mach 6 aircraft flown by NASA resemble surfboards with fins, not the design sported by the Firefox. Also, the aircraft is powered by turbine engines, which are unable to operate above speeds much higher than Mach 3 (the real life SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest plane in the world, used turbojet/ramjet engines and was able to reach speeds of only Mach 3.35, about half the Firefox's top speed). See more »


Air Marshal Kutuzov: You had considered, First Secretary, that this could all be an elaborate bluff by the Americans to distract us from looking to the north, while this single aircraft attempts to escape to the south?
First Secretary: No, Kutuzov, the Americans are simply paying the price for too many years of softness - paying with an act of desperation such as this one.
Air Marshal Kutuzov: You are absolutely certain?
First Secretary: I am certain. They know the potential of this aircraft; they know what it means. I would imagine that, had our positions been ...
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Clint flies a really cool plane
15 February 2006 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

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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