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Firefox (1982)

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Producer/director/star Clint Eastwood takes his sweet time getting Firefox started. Eastwood plays Mitchell Gant, a past-his-prime U.S. pilot, smuggled into the Soviet Union to steal a new Russian supersonic fighting plane. Fortunately the KGB men are as burnt out as Gant, enabling him to abscond with the plane with the greatest of ease. The rest of the film is a protracted chase, pitting Gant against scores of impersonal MIG pilots. Based on a novel by Craig Thomas. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast

Clint Eastwood
as Mitchell Gant
Freddie Jones
as Kenneth Aubrey
Warren Clarke
as Pavel Upenskoy
Ronald Lacey
as Semelovsky
Kenneth Colley
as Col. Kontarsky
Klaus Lowitsch
as Gen. Vladimirov
Nigel Hawthorne
as Pyotr Baranovich
Thomas Hill
as Gen. Brown
Clive Merrison
as Maj. Lanyev
Kai Wulff
as Lt. Col. Voskov
Dimitra Arliss
as Natalia
Austin Willis
as Walters
Michael Currie
as Capt. Seerbacker
James Staley
as Lt. Cmdr. Fleischer
Ward Costello
as Gen. Rogers
Alan Tilvern
as Air Marshal Kutuzov
Oliver Cotton
as Dmitri Priabin
Bernard Behrens
as William Saltonstall
Richard Derr
as Adm. Curtin
Woody Eney
as Maj. Dietz
Bernard Erhard
as KGB Guard
Hugh Fraser
as Police Inspector Tortyev
Stefan Schnabel
as First Secretary
David Gant
as KGB Official
John Grillo
as Customs Officer
Neil Hunt
as Glazunov
Vincent J. Isaac
as Sub Radio Operator
Alexei Jawdokimov
as Code Operator
Wolf Kahler
as KGB Chairman Andropov
Eugene Lipinski
as Kgb Agent
Phillip Littell
as Code Operator
Curt Lowens
as Dr. Schuller
Lev Mailer
as Guard at Shower
Fritz Manes
as Captain
David Meyer
as Grosch
Alfredo Michelson
as Interrogator
Zenno Nahayevsky
as Officer at Plane
George Orrison
as Leon Sprague
Tony Papenfuss
as GRU Officer
Grisha Plotkin
as GRU Officer
George Pravda
as General Borov
John Ratzenberger
as Chief Peck
Alex Rodine
as Captain of the Riga
Lance Rosen
as Agent
Gene Scherer
as Russian Captain
Warwick Sims
as Shelley
Mike Spero
as Russian Guard
Malcolm Storry
as KGB Agent
Chris Winfield
as RAF Operator
John Yates
as Admiral Pearson
Alexander Zale
as Riga Fire Control Chief
Igor Zatsepin
as Flight Engineer
Konstantin Zlatev
as Riga Technician
David Huffman
as Captain Buckholz
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Critic Reviews for Firefox

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

The movie is gripping in a slow, sure way.

Full Review… | February 12, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

The movie is saved from the trash-bin thanks to Clint Eastwood.

January 17, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

Once the chases kick in and the invisible jet shows up, you'll have already withstood a healthy amount of yawns for your troubles.

Full Review… | August 23, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Firefox

A well-crafted cold-war thriller that has wild combination of great special effects and absurdity that still makes for solid action entertainment. Not one of Eastwood`s best but still entertaining enough get your money`s worth

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

The first half of this movie is utterly flawless and therefore I can't say it's bad. While the last forty minutes are absolutely ridiculous, the rest is good enough to even things out. Clint Eastwood does a great job at playing a man of disguises and looks as threatening as possible, even up against classic Indiana Jones and Star Wars henchmen like Toht and Admiral Piett. There's a really great espionage story at the heart of everything, which should be remembered above the cheesy airplane scenes and psychic Russian commands.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

The 1980's were not great to Clint Eastwood. For every good movie he did during the decade, there was another that was borderline horrible. You know their names: Pink Cadillac. City Heat. White Hunter, Black Heart. Holding a special place in this list of Eastwood flops from the Reagan era is Firefox, a film that's dull as hell and is the worst miscasting of Clint Eastwood's career. The film is about a mission to steal a new Russian jet called Firefox, which is able to achieve obscene speeds and runs just by the pilot thinking. That means you have to get a pilot to sneak into to Russia that is the same build, great at flying, and can speak Russian. That narrows he list down to Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood), a former pilot in Vietnam living with shell shock (if you don't know what that is, please look up the George Carlin bit) that fits the criteria perfectly. It's up to Gant and the Moscow underground to get him to the plane so that he can steal it for the USA. The first thing I noticed watching this film is the number of people willing to die so that Eastwood can steal this plane. It's not like it's the atomic bomb or you're going to stop mass genocide- it's a damn plane. We'll have the Japanese build one that's smaller, faster, and better. Don't sacrifice yourself. Basically, the entire movie is a cat and mouse game. The KGB are going to get him and....................oh, Eastwood escapes yet again. That's the movie. Over and over again. What should have been a MacGuffin plot in a James Bond film is now a full blown movie with Clint Eastwood as the super spy. But he isn't. It's Clint Eastwood. He isn't sneaky and able to slip through the cracks. Let's imagine Dirty Harry trying to be sneaky. Doesn't work, does it? Eastwood's legend is the guy that roars in, guns blazing with witty remarks against his dumbfounded superiors. Firefox doesn't do that and shows Eastwood in the uncomfortable state of an unstable spy behind the Iron Curtain. It's a failure for the legend. Sadly, he also directed this film too and with the special effects sequences at the end and the espionage plot throughout he fails to keep our interest. We're just bored as hell and when the big finish starts we're treating to some of the worst special effects seen in the 1980's. You have to remember that this film came out the same year as E.T. and was sandwiched between two Star Wars films and the other effects heavy films of the early '80's. Firefox's effects are laughable. This film is for Eastwood completists only! It's an artifact. It's a legend stretching himself too much into a role that in no way suits him. This film is a complete disaster. A true plane crash. (Hardy-har-har)

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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