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Firefox (1982)

Clint Eastwood , Freddie Jones  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006RCOB
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,706 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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33 of 34 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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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sci-Fi Flavored Espionage Film December 1, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Stop Watching this Film!!! November 7, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An adequate, unusual techno-thriller from Clint Eastwood February 27, 2004
Format:DVD
This was Clint Eastwood's second dip into the waters of the espionage thriller (the first was the awful "Eiger Sanction" back in 1975), and one of the few films he directed which relies heavily on visual effects. As a director, Eastwood seems uneasy with both modes, which go against the grain of his realistic, tough, and often stoic & silent directorial style. Nonetheless, "Firefox" works better than it should. Eastwood brings understated realism to what might have been a hopelessly hokey Cold War techno thriller, and the visual effects-laden last third is fairly exciting. However, the mixture of elements ultimately produces only an adequate film, a strange entry in Eastwood's long string of hits.
The plot is a Tom Clancy story before there were Tom Clancy stories (this is based on a novel by Craig Thomas). The Soviets (remember them?) have developed a super fighter jet, the Firefox, with thought-controlled weapons system. The Firefox threatens the balance of power in the Cold War, so NATO needs to get their hands on it, pronto. The only man who can do it is pilot Mitchell Gant (Eastwood). He speaks fluent Russian, can infiltrate the base with the help of Russian Jewish dissenters (played by Ronald Lacey, Nigel Hawthorne, and Warren Clarke), and has the skill to fly the Firefox. Only problem: Gant is highly unstable from his Vietnam experience, is prone is nasty flashbacks (a problem if you're flying a though- controlled plane!), and has done no undercover work before.
"Firefox" is overlong at 136 minutes, and tends to drag with far too many scenes of Russian and NATO boardroom arguments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unequite intersting movie
I collect Clint Eastwood Movies. Most are quite good. This one is superior to most of them. Eastwood plays an ex pilot with some war related problems who steels a Russian high... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
This is one of my all-time favorite movies--Clint Eastwood played an extraordinary role!! Eastwood is an outstanding actor!
Excellent---Awesome!!! Outstanding!
Published 8 days ago by David J. Bowie
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Eastwood Fare
Typical Eastwood Fare:

Totally unbelievable contrived plot but hey it's an Eastwood movie. Ha! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Blackadder
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Stuff for the Time
With Viktor Belenko's defection with the then New MiG-25 Foxbat still fresh in the minds of Americans, Clint Eastwood dons a flight helmet to steal Firefox, the "Soviet's" newest... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Classic
If you are a Clint Eastwood fan, and enjoy suspense and action, you'll enjoy "Firefox". This is from a time when movies depended on creative art to sell and special effects... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Came quickly
The video played just fine and enjoyed the movie. Clint Eastwood is one of our favorite actors. Glad I added it to our collection.
Published 26 days ago by Judy Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold War Greatness
The special effects are dated for sure, but a good movie anyway. Eastwood plays a vietnam era pilot who is haunted by the war. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold War meets high tech!
Great Cold War story. Clint Eastwood at his best. Definitely one to watch again and again! A lot like "Ice Station Zebra".
Published 1 month ago by Warren D Yowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefox review
Good movie; wish it would have been followed by Firefox Down, like the novels. The second would have picked up right after the first, also like the novels, and was actually better.
Published 1 month ago by William R. Spellerberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Still an awesome movie
This may be an old flick. But its still one of the best fighter pilot movies of the 80's. A predecessor to the Iron Eagle and Top Gun. Excellent story and action.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Ross
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