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18 June 1982 (USA) See more »
...the most devastating killing machine ever built... his job... steal it!
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 Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Mitchell Gant

Freddie Jones ... Kenneth Aubrey
David Huffman ... Captain Buckholz

Warren Clarke ... Pavel Upenskoy
Ronald Lacey ... Semelovsky
Kenneth Colley ... Colonel Kontarsky
Klaus Löwitsch ... General Vladimirov (as Klaus Lowitsch)

Nigel Hawthorne ... Pyotr Baranovich

Stefan Schnabel ... First Secretary
Thomas Hill ... General Brown
Clive Merrison ... Major Lanyev
Kai Wulff ... Lt. Colonel Voskov
Dimitra Arliss ... Natalia
Austin Willis ... Walters
Michael Currie ... Captain Seerbacker

James Staley ... Lt. Commander Fleischer
Ward Costello ... General Rogers
Alan Tilvern ... Air Marshal Kutuzov

Oliver Cotton ... Dmitri Priabin
Bernard Behrens ... William Saltonstall
Richard Derr ... Admiral Curtin
Woody Eney ... Major Dietz
Bernard Erhard ... KGB Guard

Hugh Fraser ... Police Inspector Tortyev

David Gant ... KGB Official
John Grillo ... Customs Officer
Czeslaw Grocholski ... Old Man
Barrie Hougton ... Boris Glazunov
Neil Hunt ... Richard Cunningham
Vincent J. Isaac ... Sub Radio Operator (as Vincent J. Isaacs)
Alexei Jawdokimov ... Code Operator
Wolf Kahler ... KGB Chairman Andropov

Eugene Lipinski ... KGB Agent
Phillip Littell ... Code Operator
Curt Lowens ... Dr. Schuller

Lev Mailer ... Guard at Shower
Fritz Manes ... Captain
David Meyers ... Grosch
Alfredo Michelson ... Interrogator
Zeno Nahayevsky ... Officer at Plane (as Zenno Nahayevsky)
George Orrison ... Leon Sprague
Tony Papenfuss ... GRU Officer
Olivier Pierre ... Borkh
Grisha Plotkin ... GRU Officer
George Pravda ... General Borov

John Ratzenberger ... Chief Peck
Alex Rodine ... Captain of the Riga

Lance Rosen ... Agent
Eugene Scherer ... Russian Captain
Warwick Sims ... Shelley (as Warrick Sims)
Mike Spero ... Russian Guard
Malcolm Storry ... KGB Agent
Chris Winfield ... RAF Operator
John Yates ... Admiral Pearson

Alexander Zale ... Riga Fire Control Chief
Igor Zatsepin ... Flight Engineer
Konstantin Zlatev ... Riga Technician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... KGB-Agent (uncredited)
Larry Guardino ... KGB Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
Writing credits
Alex Lasker (screenplay) &
Wendell Wellman (screenplay)

Craig Thomas (novel)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Paul Hitchcock .... associate producer
Fritz Manes .... executive producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ron Spang 
Ferris Webster 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Mary Selway 
Art Direction by
Elayne Barbara Ceder  (as Elayne Ceder)
John Graysmark 
Beala Neel 
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
Makeup Department
Christina Smith .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fritz Manes .... unit production manager
Dieter Meyer .... production manager: Europe
Steve Perry .... unit production manager
William W. Wilson III .... unit manager: Austria (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don French .... assistant director: Europe
Steve Perry .... first assistant director
David Valdes .... second assistant director
Art Department
Joe Acord .... construction coordinator
Edward Aiona .... property master
Martin A. Kline .... illustrator: Apogee, Inc. (as Marty Kline)
Thomas Riccabona .... assistant art director: Europe
John R. Shourt .... illustrator: Apogee, Inc. (as John Shourt)
Michael Speaker .... scenic artist: Apogee, Inc. (as Mike Speaker)
Alan Tomkins .... draughtsman: Europe
Chris Courtois .... model maker (uncredited)
Joe Garlington .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Bub Asman .... sound effects editor
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert G. Henderson .... sound effects editor (as Bob Henderson)
Donald F. Johnson .... sound mixer (as Don Johnson)
Alan Robert Murray .... sound effects editor
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
Jules Strasser .... boom operator
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Karl Baumgartner .... special effects: Europe
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Richard Stutsman .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Gary Zink .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Richard Alexander .... mechanical special effects: Apogee, Inc.
Jack Anderson .... assistant camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Percy Angress .... special effects coordinator: Apogee, Inc.
David Bartholomew .... special effects editorial: Apogee, Inc.
David Beasley .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Mat Beck .... camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr. .... assistant camera operator: Apogee, Inc. (as Paul Bolger)
Mark Cane .... mechanical special effects: Apogee, Inc.
Angela Diamos .... animation camera: Apogee, Inc.
Dennis Dorney .... assistant camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Roger Dorney .... supervisor: special optical effects
John Dykstra .... producer: special visual effects
Jonathan Erland .... special technical development: Apogee, Inc. (as Jon Erland)
Bruno George .... camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Pete Gerard .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Rick Gilligan .... mechanical special effects: Apogee, Inc.
Mark Gredell .... camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Richard Haas .... assistant camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Richard O. Helmer .... mechanical special effects: Apogee, Inc. (as Richard Helmer)
Gregg Heschong .... camera operator: Apogee, Inc. (as Greg Heschong)
Paul D. Johnson .... electronics: Apogee, Inc. (as Paul Johnson)
Ann Johnston .... unit secretary: Apogee, Inc.
Michael Joyce .... model maker: Apogee, Inc. (as Mike Joyce)
Denny Kelly .... special effects editorial: Apogee, Inc.
Michael Kelly .... visual effects editor
Rick La Conte .... craft service: Apogee, Inc. (as Rick LaConte)
Bruce Logan .... process photography: Apogee, Inc.
Pat McClung .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Grant McCune .... chief modelmaker: Apogee, Inc.
Dennis Michelson .... special effects editorial: Apogee, Inc.
Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer: Apogee, Inc. (as Mike Middleton)
Alvah J. Miller .... chief of electronic special effects: Apogee, Inc. (as Al Miller)
Harry Moreau .... animation camera: Apogee, Inc.
Debbi Nikkel .... unit accountant: Apogee, Inc. (as Deborah Baxter Nikkel)
David B. Nowell .... camera operator: Apogee, Inc. (as David Nowell)
Jerry Pooler .... camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Gary Rhodaback .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Steve Sass .... mechanical special effects: Apogee, Inc.
Gregory J. Schmidt .... assistant camera operator: Apogee, Inc. (as Greg Schmidt)
David Scott .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Robert Shepherd .... supervisor: special visual effects
William Shourt .... mechanical special effects: Apogee, Inc. (as Bill Shourt)
Susan Sitnek .... assistant camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Douglas Smith .... first camera operator: Apogee, Inc. (as Doug Smith)
David Sosalla .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
John E. Sullivan .... camera operator: Apogee, Inc. (as John Sullivan)
Michael Sweeney .... assistant camera operator: Apogee, Inc. (as Mike Sweeney)
Ken Swenson .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Tama Takahashi .... assistant camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Don Trumbull .... mechanical special effects: Apogee, Inc.
Dewey Webber .... model maker: Apogee, Inc.
Jody Westheimer .... assistant camera operator: Apogee, Inc.
Gregory Jein .... model designer (uncredited)
Robert Short .... model construction (uncredited)
Denise Shurtleff .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Davis .... best boy (as John Davis)
Dennis Fraser .... key grip: Europe
Jack N. Green .... camera operator (as Jack Green)
Ronald Hersey .... assistant camera: Europe (as Ronald B. Hersey)
Jeff Miller .... assistant camera
Don Nygren .... gaffer
John Palmer .... second camera operator: Europe
Charles Saldana .... key grip
John R. Shannon .... still photographer
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Michael D. Weldon .... assistant camera (as Mike Weldon)
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Michael E. Matteson .... grip (uncredited)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer: special art (uncredited)
Lee Redmond .... aerial assistant camera (uncredited)
Emmanuel Vouniozos .... on-set technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Renate Arbes .... casting: Austria (as Renata Arbes)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Glenn Wright .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Hubert de La Bouillerie .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Donald Harris .... music editor
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Michel Mention .... assistant: Maurice Jarre
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Peter Altendorfer .... production driver
H. William Miller .... transportation coordinator (as Bill Miller)
Gerhard Rupp .... transportation captain
David Turner .... transportation captain (as Dave Turner)
William W. Wilson III .... transportation manager: Austria
Other crew
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef
Betty Endo .... assistant to producers
James W. Gavin .... special flight consultant (as Jim Gavin)
Linda Sony Kinney .... production secretary (as Linda Sony)
Clay Lacy .... special flight consultant
Michael Maurer .... auditor
Lloyd Nelson .... script supervisor
David Nieman .... special flight consultant
Durk Pearson .... scientific advisor
James M. Quinlan .... set consultant
Ilse Schwarzwald .... production secretary: Europe
Sandy Shaw .... scientific advisor
Arthur Tarry .... production accountant: Europe
Jack Wheeler .... location advisor: Arctic (as Dr. Jack Wheeler)
Carl Lawrence Ludwig .... stand-in (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
William Smith .... russian-language translator (uncredited)
C. Ransom Walrod .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Thomas H. Friedkin .... special thanks (as Tom Friedkin)

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136 min | Finland:125 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1987) | Finland:K-16 (heavily cut) (1982) | France:U | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) (2003) | USA:PG (certificate #26725) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

First film as a full producer for Clint Eastwood though Eastwood had been an Executive Producer on three films prior. The movie was also Eastwood's eighth as a director.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
First Secretary:Mr. Gant, as you would be aware, I am not interested in the life of one rogue pilot with a poor health record.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Back to the Future Part II (1989)See more »


What are the differences between the European Cut and the US Cut of this movie?
Why the intricate plan to get Gant into Russia?
What's happening to Gant in the opening scene, the shower in the Firefox complex & when he's near the end of the dogfight?
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36 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
No! He couldn't get avay vit it!, 1 December 2004
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

Suppose a specially trained Soviet pilot sneaked into this country illegally during the Cold War and, with the help of Communist spy rings, managed to impersonate an American officer, insinuate his way into Edwards AFB or Area 51, was responsible for the deaths of several American enlisted men, stole a top-secret American fighter which topped anything the Soviets could put in the air, and flew it to the USSR.

That's the plot, only vice versa. If you enjoyed the old black-and-white propaganda films about the success of the underground resistance in Nazi-occupied Europe, you'll probably like this one. Instead of Nazis we have the Russians. Instead of the Gestapo we have Soviet officers but the only difference is the uniform. The Soviets are grim, beady-eyed, humorless, and ruthless. They torture prisoners and are annoyed when the prisoner happens to die. They sacrifice their own people without blinking an eye.

Instead of the heroic French or Norwegian or Czech resistance fighters we have Jewish dissidents who help the hero. They sacrifice their lives for the cause. When trapped, they shoot themselves rather than take a chance of being beaten into giving away secret information.

Instead of Errol Flynn we have -- well -- we have Clint Eastwood in one of his lesser efforts. (Flynn would have been an improvement in the role.) Clint is a top ex-pilot suffering from PTS syndrome but projecting fear is not his forte. He projects it by closing his eyes and breathing a little harder than usual. When he's shocked at something, he registers the emotion by raising his brows and opening his eyes a little wider without changing his grim, determined expression.

Nobody else in the movie really counts, but I loved Freddie Jones in the part of the British operative who explains the plan to Clint. Jones is a burly, florid man with a bush of frizzly hair like the older Dylan Thomas (a fellow Welshman) crowning his occiput. He overacts outrageously, not only chewing the furniture, but ravishing it before swallowing it. He makes Charles Laughton look like the Sphynx. His bobbing head and mellifluous irony make up for what Clint forgot to bring to the party.

The arctic scenes are nice, but the special effects are pretty clumsy. They're so bad that whenever you try to get into the plot while the plane is airborn, the cheesiness jolts you back into the realization that you're just watching a movie.

The airplane, by the way, is SO advanced that it reads minds when it carries out orders. You want it to fire a missile? Just think, "Fire a missile." But -- get this -- the equipment can only read minds that THINK IN Russian. This raises a number of interesting questions about the equipment. How about if you have a Muscovite accent? Suppose you think more like a Ukrainean than an ethnic Russian? If you simply visualize the missile being fired (or whatever) in your right cerebral hemisphere, will the thing still go? Will it go if you think in the conditional -- "If I were to think that the missile should go, then it will go"? If a missile is fired and you think, "Go, Missile, Go!", does it fire a second missile? Suppose you happen to be fixing your makeup in the rear-view mirror when you think the missile should fire -- does it blow you up? Would it fly backwards for a dyslexic pilot? If you think, "Hey, I was only kidding!", does the missile abort?

This film certainly does.

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