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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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A total of nine models of the Firefox were built. Six were used as miniatures for filming, two actually flew, and one was built to full-scale specifications. The full size model measured 66 (long) x 44 (wide) x 20 (high) feet, could taxi at thirty to forty miles per hour, and was constructed from a broadcast antenna radio station skeleton. Several flying shots from the movie were later re-used for Back to the Future Part II (1989). See more »
When speaking to the other Soviet officers right before entering the hangar, Gant speaks in Russian. However, his accent is quite atrocious and he would make the guards and officers more suspicious, especially since they were already searching for him. See more »
[on targeting the MiG-31]
The infrared guidance system is not the most accurate. It may be necessary for a Soviet aircraft to act as a target. Will you give that order?
[after a moment's thought]
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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 »
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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