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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
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Two actors in this film, John Ratzenberger and Kenneth Colley both appeared in Star Wars - The Empire Strikes back which came out two years earlier. In this film Ratzenberger played a junior officer on a US submarine in the Arctic hiding from the Soviets while in Empire Strikes Back he played a junior officer on the ice planet Hoth hiding from the Empire. Kenneth Colley played a Soviet colonel in the "command center" looking for the heroes while in Empire Strikes Back he plays Admiral Piett, a high-ranking Imperial officer. He would also reprise this role a year later in Return of the Jedi. See more »
After the Firefox is stolen, General Vladimirov explains to the First Secretary that in order to maximize fuel range, Gant will have to control his speed and fly low to conserve fuel. The part about controlling his speed is true enough: speed, particularly with afterburners, is the enemy of fuel consumption, but flying low is exactly the opposite of what he should do. Airplanes - jets, in particular - burn far less fuel at higher altitudes where the air is thin than down low where it is thicker. 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?
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?
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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There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. This has since become a trademark of all Eastwood-directed films. See more »
Clint Eastwood plays Michael Gant, a burnt out veteran sent into the Soviet Union on a desperate mission to steal the greatest warplane ever built.
Minimal training, mental problems, murderous allies, constant danger. His only qualification - he speaks Russian, he knows how to fly and he fits the flight suit.
What I like most about Firefox is how it really puts you in Clint Eastwood's shoes. His character Gant is no super spy - he's a war veteran suffering severe mental problems as a result of his POW experiences. At every twist and turn of the plot the movie captures his tension and fear. His inexperience and mistakes endanger him repeatedly. His only protection - a thin, unravelling web of deception and a fickle KGB desire to observe a little before pouncing.
A must see for fans of atmospheric espionage films and Clint Eastwood.
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