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Firefox (1982)

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.

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Clint Eastwood

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Alex Lasker (screenplay), Wendell Wellman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Austin Willis ... Walters
Michael Currie Michael Currie ... Captain Seerbacker
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Storyline

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 Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

...the most devastating killing machine ever built... his job... steal it!


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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

18 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangaus lapinas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,152,948, 20 June 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,708,276

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,687,344
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The fictional MiG-31 bears a strong resemblance to an actual Soviet aircraft; The Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic airliner, nicknamed the "Konkordski" by the western aviation press. Production versions of the Tu-144 had their engine nacelles under the wing close to the center line of the aircraft, a double-delta wing layout with downward conical camber (similar to the Anglo-French Concorde), and retractable canard wings just behind the cockpit. The Tu-144's history is a bit of a spy story in itself, as many experts have alleged that its design was based on a set of early Concorde blueprints stolen from the French by the K.G.B. See more »

Goofs

After one of the metro trains pulls out of the station in 'Moscow', the German word 'KURZZUG' (=short train) is clearly visible on the wall behind it - indicating that a German-speaking country (in fact Austria) was used to double for the USSR. See more »

Quotes

First Secretary: Calm yourself, Vladimirov...
General Vladimirov: Calm... calm myself? How can I be calm in your stupidity, STUPIDITY! Losing that aircraft to the Americans... Do you know what this man Gant is? He can land a plane on an ice floe and take off again! You must *ACT*, First Secretary!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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User Reviews

Chilling Atmospheric Espionage Thriller
1 November 2004 | by eworrallSee all my reviews

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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