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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

Writers:

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>

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


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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

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

At a budget of around twenty-one million dollars, this movie, in constant dollars, is one of the most expensive of Clint Eastwood's movies. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Upenskoy: [indicating a gun] : You can use this?
Maj. Gant: Yeah, I can use it.
Upenskoy: Good. DON'T, unless it's absolutely necessary.
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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 »

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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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A movie so bad, it's brilliant!
4 July 2004 | by bedhead-1See all my reviews

I remember watching Firefox as a child and being spellbound, as an adult however I watch with an ever increasing sense of hilarity, I think that Eastwood made this film with his tongue firmly in his cheek.

The hi-jinks begin when a burnt out Vietnam vet is recruited to steal a new Russian jet, selected purely for his ability to speak Russian, he them proceeds to go to Russia, disguised as a drug dealer, who is already in the country (no passport control in the Rodina?) the poor old dealer is bumped off to the immortal line, "They have killed him Vasily, they have killed Mr Leon Spragg!" The scene is cut before Vasily's reaction can be noted, but it is probably hysterical laughter at his comrades accent.

And speaking of accents, Clint walks about dressed in a soviet airbase, in a soviet uniform, and nobody even blinks at his American twang, the Firefox itself, far from being the superior warplane, looks like it was modelled on a pregnant duck, made by airfix and painted with a tin of cheap matt black paint.

The rest of the film is a chase sequence, with the obligatory flashback, but needless to say that it all worked out OK!

Not Clint's finest hour, but a good way to kill a couple of hours if you are bored!


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