A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »
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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After making this film, Clint Eastwood terminated his association with longtime editor Ferris Webster for undisclosed reasons. Webster had worked exclusively for the star for a decade, and even moved up near Burney where Eastwood had a vacation house, thinking he would edit Malpaso films for the rest of his life. "He died brokenhearted," said producer Fritz Manes. See more »
All of the air control/defense technicians manning the various consoles at Bilyarsk wear the proper shoulder badges, but they all wear the distinctive dark blue collar flashes and shoulder boards with the Cyrillic characters "GB" for KGB. KGB troops would never be trained or assigned to such purely technical air force duties. These personnel should be wearing the same light blue piping and flashes as the air force generals commanding the center. See more »
[learning false news that Gant was shot down]
Well I guess that's it. We might as well all go home.
We don't know that he was shot down.
The hell we don't know! You tell me. An explosion over the Kara gulf, Wire COM hears it! Our reconnaissance planes report it!
*We don't know* he's lost!
Really? Then what was all that coded stuff we intercepted between Bilyarsk and the Fire chain stations? They got him, Aubrey! They blew his ass right out of the sky!
I don't know. It could mean they didn't get ...
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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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