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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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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 played Admiral Piett, a high-ranking Imperial officer. He reprised this role in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). See more »
The shots of the altimeter in the Firefox show a different altimeter setting on every shot. This would not happen on any flight. See more »
But you want me to fly?
Yes, we want you to fly. We want you to fly the greatest warplane ever built.
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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 »
"Firefox", while definitely dated, is a good Cold War spy thriller that falls far short of being great. Clint Eastwood plays Mitchell Gant, a burned-out Vietnam fighter pilot who's enlisted to steal a high-tech, heavily-armed, stealth Soviet fighter plane right out of its Siberian hangar. The first half of the film is a John le Carre type thriller Clint sneaking into Moscow, assuming a Soviet pilot's identity, and making his way to the experimental Firefox fighter craft. The second half, when he climbs into the cockpit of the Firefox, is where the real fun begins.
While entertaining, the film isn't particularly great apart from Clint's gritty performance as Mitchell Gant, none of the other actors manage to stand out in any way. The jet fighter sequences also haven't stood the test of time they looked great in the Eighties, but now they just look dated and unrealistic. Certain scenes in the film are little more than padding, buying breathing room between action scenes and doing little else. There's enough tension and action scattered throughout the film to make `Firefox' fun, but there's much better Cold War movies than this (`The Russia House' and `The Hunt for Red October' easily come to mind), and there's certainly much better Clint Eastwood movies than this. B-/C+
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