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Firefox (1982)

Clint Eastwood , Freddie Jones  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Freddie Jones, Warren Clarke, Kenneth Colley, Ward Costello
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Dolby, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RCOB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,272 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Firefox" on IMDb

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An ex-flyer who is a distress victim from Vietnam experience is ordered back into military duty to head a secret mission. His assignment is to sneak into Russia and steal a Soviet warplane which is far more advanced than any other air machine being used by the NATO alliance.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Gant, can you fly that plane? Really fly it?" June 12, 2003
By M. Hart
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In 1982, while the Cold War was yet raging between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in an exciting action film about espionage called "Firefox". Clint Eastwood plays Major Mitchell Gant, a retired pilot from the U.S. Air Force who suffers from delayed psychological stress disorder from when he fought in the Vietnam War. Being the only pilot qualified to fly Soviet Air Force jets who is also fluent in Russian, SIS agent Kenneth Aubrey (Freddie Jones) has U.S. AF pilot Capt. Arthur Buckholz (David Huffman) recruit Gant to be the primary operative in a U.S.-sponsored espionage mission. The goal is to steal a technologically superior, top-secret prototype jet fighter that is code-named Firefox out of the Soviet Union. Gant, of course, is not particularly interested, but returns to Washington with Capt. Buckholz. There he is given specific training that will enable him to enter the Soviet Union unnoticed. Once in the Soviet Union, Gant meets a Russian who works for the SIS, Pavel Upenskoy (Warren Clarke). The Soviet scientists who reluctantly developed the thought-controlled prototype fighter are a Jewish husband and wife team, Dr. Pyotr Baranovich (Nigel Hawthorne) and Natalia (Dimitra Arliss).
The film is fraught with tension, drama and excitement as Gant makes his way to infiltrate the Soviet AF base to steal the prototype fighter. Special effects used in the film were superb for the early 1980's, though some may regard them as being dated by today's standards. Other memorable characters in the film include Soviet General Vladimirov (Klaus Löwitsch), the Communist Party First Secretary (Stefan Schnabel) and Soviet AF pilot Lt. Col. Voskov (Kai Wulff).
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sci-Fi Flavored Espionage Film December 1, 1999
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Though my opinion of Clint Eastwood has lowered with the revelations in Sondra Locke's book, there is no disputing his abilities as an actor and director. One of his finest efforts comes in Firefox, Eastwood's taut, exciting adaptation of Craig Thomas' 1975 novel.
Eastwood plays Mitchell Gant, a burned-out Air Force Vietnam vet who is first seen jogging in the Alaskan wilderness. Gant occassionally suffers from bouts of Delayed Stress Syndrome - shown when, as an Air Force helicopter approaches his log cabin home, he flashes back to a harrowing experience of being shot down, captured by Communist soldiers, and being rescued.
Mitchell Gant's battle shock, though, is of little concern to the CIA and British MI6, for they want him for the most audacious intelligence mission yet. The titular Firefox is a Soviet superplane, capable of Mach Six, invisible to radar tracking, and possessing thought-controlled weaponry. Mitchell Gant's job - steal it.
But to get to it he must be infiltrated into Russia and ferried from Moscow to a Red airbase in the Urals, Bilyarsk. The first half of the film takes up the painstaking task by NATO's Russian contacts to infiltrate Gant to Bilyarsk and the efforts of the KGB detatchment assigned to Firefox security to figure out their plan and stop them.
Along the way Eastwood extracts quality performances from the huge cast assembled, notably from Kenneth Colley (Admiral Piett in the Star Wars films) as KGB Colonel Kontarsky. There is some excellent interplay between Gant and the various Russians willing to die to betray the country that has destroyed their lives, most notably when the Firefox project head, Dr.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Stop Watching this Film!!! November 7, 2003
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I've seen this film at least seven times, and I enjoyed it just as much each time.
This is a very enjoyable cold war action/spy drama. Tense action carried out in Clint Eastwood style.
If you like Clint Eastwood. You'll like this film. Some have pointed out some continuity errors in the film, but these don't spoil the story. The characters are acted in such a way as to make you care about what happens to them.
It's looely based on the books. The movie ends in a way I won't spoil. But I will say that after you see this movie you should search out the books, Firefox, Firefox Down (they are selling on Amazon; as used for a penny)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FireFox - A true Eastwood classic! September 6, 2003
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Directing and starring in this classic spy thriller from the eighties is Clint Eastwood, more generally known as the gruff "Man With No Name" in several spaghetti westerns and American westerns of his own direction. In "FireFox," Eastwood takes on a more modern and quite different role for himself, playing a former Air Force pilot who is still suffering from some rather horrific personal demons. In the genre of spy/thriller films, Eastwood's name comes to the top in this classic that is arguably one of the best! Although the pacing of this film is slightly off, I believe that to be intentional and it adds to the suspense that is inherent to the plot and a sure sign of skill on the director's part.
The premise:
Clint Eastwood plays former Air Force pilot Mitchell Gant who was shot down over Viet Nam and captured. The American and British governments have learned of a new Soviet fighter plane that will ultimately tip the scales of balance to the hand of the Soviets and decide to steal the plane with the help of the Russian Jews who have been forced to design and build it. Given Gant's heritage, a Russian mother who taught him the language and the necessity of being able to speak Russian, the American government calls him back into service.
What follows from there is an extraordinarily intriguing and suspenseful plot that compels the viewer through the story as we see Gant make his way into the Soviet Union and on his way to the airbase in which he must infiltrate and steal this ultimate weapon of war. Of particular note is how well the characterizations of the Russians were played out and believable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Movie
Published 5 days ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefox dvd
Great movie, fast ship
Published 29 days ago by Michael N. Lam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie
Published 1 month ago by Michael A Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Clint playing a jet ace...high drama
One of Clint's best films...high drama with great aerial effects.
Published 1 month ago by John Ziskowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Yawn!!
Gimme "Dirty Harry" puhleeeeeze. The movie was too long. I like Clint and most of his work but this just wasn't up to the standard expected of him.
Published 1 month ago by Eric Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying - a classic movie.
A classic old movie - terrible special effects, but still, a good plot and screenplay.
Published 2 months ago by Nick H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold War thriller!!
Clint Eastwood stars as a retired fighter pilot who is asked to steal a high-tech Russian fighter. From inside Russia!! Well done, but suffers a little from poor special effects. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mod
3.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Foxtrot
Predicating upon mounting fears of an 80s Russian invasion, Firefox Is basically George Peppard's Operation Crossbow with a superior Russian jet instead of top secret German... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pensive Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for Clint Eastwood fans. good price
Good price. A favorite of my husbands. If you are not familiar with the cold war, I think this movie gets across the paranoia of that era. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars pleased and satisfied
This is a good Cold War adventure. I liked the flying sequences.
Published 2 months ago by Plugger69
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