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 rumors say that the jet is undetectable on radar. They send ex-Vietnam War pilot Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood) on a covert mission into the Soviet Union to steal the Firefox.Written by
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John Ratzenberger and Kenneth Colley appeared in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). In this movie, Ratzenberger played a junior officer on a U.S. submarine in the Arctic hiding from the Soviets, while in The Empire Strikes Back, he played a junior officer on the ice planet Hoth hiding from the Empire. Kenneth Colley played a Soviet Colonel in the "command center" looking for the heroes, while in The Empire Strikes Back, he commanded the command ship looking for the heroes. See more »
The term First Secretary was only used from 1953 to 1966 for Khrushchev and Brezhnev. Prior to and after those years, the correct term was General Secretary. See more »
When the first rumors began to filter out of the Soviet Union some three years ago, our theoretical weapons strategists stood before NATO command to explain - with much confidence - that it would take the Soviets a minimum of ten years to develop a Mach Five aircraft with thought-controlled weapons systems. I stand before you today to explain - with much regret - that we were wrong.
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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 »
After its initial release, Clint Eastwood recut the film by 13 minutes; this 124-minute version has aired on cable TV. Full 137-minute original version restored for video and later network television releases. 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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