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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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This movie was released five years after its source novel by Craig Thomas was published. In that year, a similarly themed and similarly titled movie called Foxbat (1977) was released. Many of the characters from the "Firefox" novel and "Firefox Down" returned in the novels "Winter Hawk" (1987) and "A Different War" (1997). See more »
When Aubrey briefs Mitchell Gant on how the KGB is "slow to awaken", Gant's hair goes from being disheveled to combed, to disheveled between the wide-angle and close-up shots. See more »
Sir! Radar tracking reports signs of a staggered sector scramble, Northern and Southern boarder squadrons, Red Air Force. Heavy coded trafic between Biliysk and the Red Banner Fleet. Predicted activity indicates a definite lift off!
He's up! Great mother of god, he's up!
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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 »
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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