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Firefox (1982)

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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Storyline

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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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


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18 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Firefox - Volpe di fuoco  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,152,948 (USA) (20 June 1982)

Gross:

$46,708,276 (USA)
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Trivia

Notable technical specifications of the MiG-31 Firefox plane were that it was capable of Mach 6 speed which is a velocity six times the speed of sound; was too fast to be detected by radar and as such was invisible to it; contained an ultra-sophisticated weapons attack system; had full nuclear capability and took instructions controlled by the pilot's brainwaves which had to be configured via Russian thought processes. See more »

Goofs

Gant is shown in the cockpit of a white T-38A jet fighter trainer, and then it immediately cuts to a blue-camouflaged aggressor squadron F-5 Freedom Fighter. This happens twice in the training sequence. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Gant: All right. The bait's been swallowed. Let's head north to the Urals.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. This has since become a trademark of all Eastwood-directed films. See more »

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Referenced in Twisted (1986) See more »

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Espionage story about a pilot who goes behind Iron Curtain to steal a fabulous jet fighter
1 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

This thrilling and intriguing movie is set during Cold War , the URSS has developed a high-tech jet called MiG-31 that can be partially controlled by a neuralink . The Soviets have made a sophisticated aircraft , the latest aeronautic marvel that flies at 6 times the speed of sound, is invulnerable to radar, and worst of all it has a lethal technological weapons system that the pilot can control through cerebral waves and thought . As soon as the pilot detects a threat - either visually or a scope - his brain impulses will direct a missile to that threat , without so much as pushing a button . The American fighter pilot assigned by Secret Service (Freddie Jones) is the Vietnam veteran named Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood), a burned-out USAF ace pilot, is smuggled into the USSR to infiltrate the Russian airbase at Bilyarsk, where the supersonic fighting plane Firefox/MiG-31 is being terminated , he must rob it and avoid the mass production that would give the Russians a huge advance . Officer Mitchell Gant goes behind Russian lines and faces a dangerous assignment . In Russia is helped by various secret agents (Warren Clarke, Nigel Hawthorne , Ronald Lacey) against KGB (Hugh Frazer , David Gant) and Soviet officials ( Kenneth Colley ,Oliver Cotton , Klaus Lowitsch ) .

Eastwood directs , produces and plays this exciting film about a pilot sent into the Soviet Union on a mission to steal a prototype jet fighter . This overlong picture takes a while to take off , but when it does , it's cool film . It contains suspense , thrills , intrigue , action-packed and is pretty entertaining . Spectacular aerial pursuits and dogfighting in ¨Star Wars¨ style created by FX expert John Dykstra who made special visual effects in several films such as ¨Galactica , Star Trek ,Batman , Spiderman , X men and Hanckock ¨. Ample support cast full of prestigious British actors who make good performances as as Freddie Young , Kenneth Colley , Stefan Schnabel , David Huffman , Nigel Hawthorne , Warren Clarke and Ronal Lacey , among them . Colorful and appropriate cinematography by Bruce Surtees ,son of great cameraman Robert Surtess and Eastwood's usual . Thrilling and suspenseful score by the maestro Maurice Jarre . Rating : Acceptable and passable but slow-moving and over lengthy .


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