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Mitchell Gant, once one of America's finest fighter pilots, is recruited by NATO, despite continuing bouts with battle shock (incurred in a harrowing mission in which he was captured by the Vietcong but rescued by US Air Force choppers), for a suicide mission - Soviet Russia has developed the ultimate fighter-bomber, the Firefox. A stealth warplane capable of sustained Mach Six speeds and possessing revolutionary thought-guided weaponry, the Firefox can tip the balance of international power, and the prototype's seat is form-fitted for just one pilot, Colonel yuri Voskov - to whom Mitchell Gant is the only Western pilot with the identical physical build necessary for the special pressure suit worn. NATO contacts among Soviet dissidents smuggle Gant through Russia to the Red Air Force's testing facility in southern Ukraine, where he must steal the Firefox - and escape the wrath of the world's most powerful air-defense grid, and of a second Firefox prototype.
His job...Steal it.
Release Date: June 14, 1982
Runtime: 136 mins
All Genres: Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Sound: Dolby, 70 mm 6-Track
IMDB Rating: 5.6
Buried.com Rating: 6.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F
MPAA Rating: PG
Clint Eastwood ...Mitchell Gant
Freddie Jones ...Kenneth Aubrey
David Huffman ...Captain Buckholz
Warren Clarke ...Pavel Upenskoy
Ronald Lacey ...Semelovsky
Kenneth Colley ...Colonel Kontarsky
Klaus Lowitsch ...General Vladimirov
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 ...Walters
Michael Currie ...Captain Seerbacker
James Staley ...Lt. Commander Fleischer
Ward Costello ...General Rogers
Alan Tilvern ...Air Marshal Kutuzov
Oliver Cotton ...Dmitri Priabin
Bernard Behrens ...William Saltonstall
Richard Derr ...Admiral Curtin
Woody Eney ...Major Dietz
Bernard Erhard ...KGB Guard
Hugh Fraser ...Police Inspector Tortyev
David Gant ...KGB Official
John Grillo ...Customs Officer
Czeslaw Grocholski ...Old Man
Barrie Hougton ...Boris Glazunov
Neil Hunt ...Richard Cunningham
Vincent J. Isaac ...Sub Radio Operator
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- His job...Steal it.
- His job...Steal it. ...the most devastating killing machine ever built...his job...steal it!
- Upenskoy: Gant, can you fly that plane? Really fly it? Maj. Gant: Yeah, I can fly it. I'm the best there is.
[repeated line] Maj. Gant: Let's see what this thing can do.
Col. Voskov: The American is a dead man, First Secretary.
Riga Technician: Target is not taking avoiding action, Capitain! Captain of the Riga: He will!
Dr. Baronovich: You must think in Russian.
- The footage of the "Mother One" submarine breaking the surface is recycled from Ice Station Zebra (1968).
Author Craig Thomas' sequel to "Firefox", the novel "Firefox Down", is dedicated to Clint Eastwood.
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. Several flying shots were later reused in Back to the Future Part II (1989).
The story is loosely based on an actual event in which a Soviet fighter pilot defected to Japan in the mid-'70s.
The cockpit section of the helicopter gunship chasing Gant is adapted from the Aerospatiale Gazelles used for the filming of Blue Thunder (1983).
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Rating: 6.6 out of 10.0 - 61 votes cast total