June 18th, 1982



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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

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 5.7/10 (11,389 voted)

Director: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Freddie Jones, David Huffman

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.

Writers: Alex Lasker, Wendell Wellman

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 - Walters
Michael Currie - Captain Seerbacker

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

Release Date: 18 June 1982

Filming Locations: Cut Bank, Montana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,152,948 (USA) (20 June 1982) (881 Screens)

Gross: $46,700,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The cockpit section of the helicopter gunship chasing Gant is adapted from the Aerospatiale Gazelles used for the filming of Blue Thunder.

Continuity: When the Firefox crosses over the Missle cruiser Riga the sky is clear. However, when we see the view of the missiles from behind the Firefox the sky is suddenly cloudy.

[repeated line]
Maj. Gant: Let's see what this baby can do.

User Review

Chilling Atmospheric Espionage Thriller


Clint Eastwood plays Michael Gant, a burnt out veteran sent into the Soviet Union on a desperate mission to steal the greatest warplane ever built.

Minimal training, mental problems, murderous allies, constant danger. His only qualification - he speaks Russian, he knows how to fly and he fits the flight suit.

What I like most about Firefox is how it really puts you in Clint Eastwood's shoes. His character Gant is no super spy - he's a war veteran suffering severe mental problems as a result of his POW experiences. At every twist and turn of the plot the movie captures his tension and fear. His inexperience and mistakes endanger him repeatedly. His only protection - a thin, unravelling web of deception and a fickle KGB desire to observe a little before pouncing.

A must see for fans of atmospheric espionage films and Clint Eastwood.


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