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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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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 »
Through all the movie Soviet officials keep demanding papers - VASHI BUMAGI (your papers), whilst correct way to demand them in Russian is VASHI DOCUMENTY - your docs (ID). See more »
[speaking of Mitchell Gant]
Obviously, sir, he knows our planes, our aircraft, as well as anyone. He would be a good choice for sabotage or analysis of information. But, perhaps he intends a close inspection of the MiG-31!
[realizing Priabin is implying that Gant may steal the MiG-31]
He *cannot* be here for *that*!
[realizing he may be right]
No sir. Surely not! He couldn't hope to get away with it!
Thank you, Dmitri, thank you. Well done.
[to his lieutenants]
Arrest Baronovich and the others 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 »
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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