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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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At a budget of around US $21 million, this film, in constant dollars, is one of the most cost expensive of Clint Eastwood's movies. See more »
When Aubrey briefs Mitchel Gant about the homing device, he mentions that it will pick up Mother-1 within 100 miles. However, on board the Firefox when Gant's homing device picks up Mother-1, he is over 140 miles out. See more »
[On his "meeting" with the airliner]
I may have cut it a little close, but you'll have heard that already by now!
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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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