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Release Date:
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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Additional Details

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136 min | Finland:125 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
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?

Because his role in the movie required him to speak some Russian, Clint Eastwood prepared by studying the language with resources provided by the US military's Defense Language Institute in the Presidio of Monterey, California (which is just north of Carmel, where Eastwood lives).See more »
Factual errors: When the US submarine, code name "Mother 1" surfaces, you see an underwater shot of the vessel pushing out air from the ballast tanks in order to surface. This is actually the exact opposite of how a submersible works. Air would not be taken from the ballast tanks but instead pumped in.See more »
Maj. Gant:Oh? Where is it?
[Gant studies him]
Buckholz:You've got to steal it.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Trouble with the Curve (2012)See more »


Why does Gant only have the option to fly only north or south after he steals the plane?
What are the differences between the European Cut and the US Cut of this movie?
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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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Cold War clichés, 17 July 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

I'm not sure whether Firefox is really a guilty pleasure or simply a film I remember as being one. It's certainly overlong and overfamiliar despite its neat Maguffin – Clint Eastwood's flashback-plagued Vietnam vet fighter ace has to steal a state-of-the-art warplane with a thought-controlled weapons system (as long as you remember to think in Russian) from the heart of the Evil Empire – but it has a sort of undemanding Cold War charm that the constant stream of clichés only reinforces. Even the old school model effects in the final chase-and-dogfight section are more fun in their way than modern CGI effects, especially when the Firefox is leaving a wall of water in its wake as it races across the sea or causing fallen snow to fill the air as it passes over the mountains, so it's a shame that much of the last third is played in darkened control rooms rather than the skies.

The Russians, naturally, are mostly played by British actors, albeit in this case actors best known for their sitcoms, which adds a different dimension to their scenes as comically humourless KGB types or lemming-like dissidents only too happy to die for the cause, or incorrigible hams like Freddie Jones who simply look like they SHOULD be in a sitcom. There's even an almost admirable perversity into giving most of the explanatory dialogue in the last half-hour to Klaus Löwitsch, an actor with a shaky grasp of spoken English who sounds like a bumblebee caught in a vacuum cleaner pipe. Not good by any means, but strangely watchable, and Maurice Jarre contributes an enjoyable score from the days before he disappeared entirely into atonal electronics.

The Region 1 DVD is the uncut theatrical version before Clint re-edited and trimmed the film by some 12 minutes without visibly improving it, although the Region 2 PAL DVD is the cut version.

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