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You can tell Clint Eastwood is getting old by all of the "retired" characters he plays who are pressed back into service, as in this early '80s effort. It's one of Eastwood's lesser action entries, in which he served as both star and director. He plays a retired fighter pilot who is enlisted by the U.S. government to infiltrate the Soviet Union (back in the days when it was still an Evil Empire) and steal an ultra-top-secret fighter plane with all kinds of superior capabilities (back when the Stealth bomber was still a struggling prototype). Sure, no problem. Except that it takes forever to actually get Clint into the plane--and once he's got it, he keeps interrupting the fighter-plane sequences (the best thing about the movie) to land the thing and have fistfights and gunfights. --Marshall Fine

Customer Reviews:

  • Awesome movie!
    Call me crazy, but I kind of liked the 80's Cold War Era; And this movie just 'sky-rocketed' my enthusiasm for such a nostalgic time to live.

    This movie is simply awesome, and I strongly urge you to buy it!...more info

  • clint runs afowl of this cold war thriller
    remember when the russians were the bad guys of the world and we were always close to an all out nuke exchange with them? well this is from that time.
    the story is pre stelth plane about nam pilot gant(eastwood looking very out of place and very uncomfortable) is "taped" to help steal the russians new fighter plane the "firefox" because it can't be seen by rader and has a thought control weapons system. the reason that they pick clint(they make him one of the "unadjusted" pilots who can't forget the horror of nam,hum,where have i seen that before?)is because he speaks and "can think in russian"(whatever that means) and he fits the flight suit!!!!! honest i didn't make this up!
    the whole point of the movie is to get clint in the planebut over 2/3's of the movie goes by before we even get close to the plane.
    clint doesn't seem to feel comfortable in this movie even though he directed it. once we get in the air the movie moves up to really exciteing,but it's to little to late as the movie feels like it goes on forever. the f/x are great and it was a nice try but not clint's best movie....more info
  • Excellent Adaptation Of An Exciting Novel
    "Firefox" is one of my all-time favorite adventure movies. It is an adaptation of Craig T. Thomas' novel by the same name. The novel has a brief introduction, and divides the story into two equal parts. The movie expands the intro into a third part, almost equal in length to the other two. It may seem slow, but I found it helped establish the story.

    This is a cold-war era story, where the heroes are Americans and the villains are the Russian Government. I always enjoy it when we are not the bad guys. But in this story, not all the Russians are evil. In fact, in a dogfight sequence you get the impression it is a fight to the death, not between two enemies, but between two people who respect each other, yet one is commanded to kill the other, and the other needs to kill or be killed.

    A movie to contrast this with was Blue Thunder, directed by Ralph Bedlam, and released the following year. There are a lot of similarities between the two. The two main differences: 1) Firefox is more suitable for older children, having a 1982 PG rating, and probably been PG-13 due solely to violence today, while Blue Thunder is R-rated, and has nudity, profanity, and innuendo that was not necessary to the story, and 2) in Blue Thunder, it is our government that is the bad guy....more info
  • Cold War cliches
    I'm not sure whether Firefox is really a guilty pleasure or simply a film I remember as being one. It's certainly overlong and overfamiliar despite its neat Maguffin - Clint Eastwood's flashback-plagued Vietnam vet fighter ace has to steal a state-of-the-art warplane with a thought-controlled weapons system (as long as you remember to think in Russian) from the heart of the Evil Empire - but it has a sort of undemanding Cold War charm that the constant stream of clich¨¦s only reinforces. Even the old school model effects in the final chase-and-dogfight section are more fun in their way than modern CGI effects, especially when the Firefox is leaving a wall of water in its wake as it races across the sea or causing fallen snow to fill the air as it passes over the mountains, so it's a shame that much of the last third is played in darkened control rooms rather than the skies.

    The Russians, naturally, are mostly played by British actors, albeit in this case actors best known for their sitcoms, which adds a different dimension to their scenes as comically humourless KGB types or lemming-like dissidents only too happy to die for the cause, or incorrigible hams like Freddie Jones who simply look like they SHOULD be in a sitcom. There's even an almost admirable perversity into giving most of the explanatory dialogue in the last half-hour to Klaus L?witsch, an actor with a shaky grasp of spoken English who sounds like a bumblebee caught in a vacuum cleaner pipe. Not good by any means, but strangely watchable, and Maurice Jarre contributes an enjoyable score from the days before he disappeared entirely into atonal electronics.

    The Region 1 DVD is the uncut theatrical version before Clint re-edited and trimmed the film by some 12 minutes without visibly improving it for video release (however, the European PAL DVD is the shorter version). Boasting a good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer, it also includes a 29-minute British behind the scenes documentary and the theatrical trailer.

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  • "Firefox" is about redemption
    As a child, I was impressed by this movie's setting--the gritty, greasy depiction of the gritty, greasy life in the Soviet Union's proletariat interior--and the mesmerizing special effects that brought the MiG-31 to life. As an adult, all of this came back to me, with the added awareness of setting, conflict, and dark penumbras.

    This is a dark film. So many people die in this movie: the first contact Pavel Upenskoy, the Jew scientists, the Soviet Pilot of the second prototype. Once again, setting is key: this mission is dangerous, death is probable, and failure more than likely. This contrasts with the gala James Bonds movies which (at times) can be life action cartoons, and is a precursor to the high-tension, high-body counts in "24."

    The special effects, thought dated, still hold up. Though they are not as sophisticated 2005's film "Stealth" or the opening scenes of "Revenge of the Sith," I could "piece out imperfections with my thoughts . . . And make imaginary puissance." I'm one of these people who still thrills when Buster Crabbe hops into his obviously model spaceship and blast off form Mongo. Good storytelling can overcome bad special effects, as shown by "Ghostbusters."

    Additionally, this film exemplifies how a book can be faithfully adapted to screen, without damaging the story or the theatrical presentation. Of course, some of the credit goes to the way Craig Thomas wrote the book. It is minimalist character study of Mitchell Gant's psychodrama within the grim Soviet Union. When Gant sweated, my palms became damp.

    Yes, this film is a bit long, but like in "2001," I think the length added to the setting. The only thing that really could be cut is the bickering of the Soviet Air Marshals and the Premiere. However, that would detract form the setting aspect of the story. We see the hoary heads bang heads as they fumble with the hot potato that Gant has lobbed at them. Picture a cross between the Sith Lords and the Three Stooges, and you capture the tragicomic aspect of this psychothriller.

    So, in the light of the Velvet Revolution, is this film relevant? I think so. In 1970, we had a double dose of military nostalgia--"Patton" and "MASH." In the midst of Vietnam, what did Korea or WWII have to do with anything? In part, it has to do with the common elements of war, warfare, and the warriors. C. S. Lewis spoke of a thought he had while in the service: "This is what Homer wrote about. This is War."

    Similarly, in order to defend life, liberty, and property, (the purpose of the military), we need to inculcate the warriors about the virtue and value of what they are doing. Lewis again has important insight on this issue:

    "Those who say that children [or even grownups] must not be frightened may mean two things. They may mean (1) that we must not do anything likely to give the child those haunting, disabling, pathological fears against which ordinary courage is helpless: in fact, phobias. His mind must, if possible, be kept clear of things he can't bear to think of. Or they may mean (2) that we must try to keep out of his mind the knowledge that he is born into a world of death, violence, wounds, adventure, heroism and cowardice, good and evil."

    "If they mean the first I agree with them: but not if they mean the second. The second would indeed be to give children a false impression and feed them on escapism in the bad sense. There is something ludicrous in the idea of so educating a generation which is born to the . . . atomic bomb. Since it is so likely that they will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker."

    Courage is one of the values that this film portrays, not just with accepting the mission, but most epically as Gant deals with his own personal ghosts of Vietnam. In this sense, "Firefox" is about redemption: Gant, unable to save one Vietnamese girl, is able to save millions of lives by stealing the Firefox and to restore a balance of power between the two nations.

    The other part has to do with aesthetics: this is a roping good spy and techno-thriller, and when we are done, we recognize that we have seen a marvelous tale told well. And that is the hallmark of any good story....more info
  • sweet fighter jet movie
    classic film that you will watch over and over again. The russians build the ultimate fighter jet and the USA steels it. The movie rocks like no other....more info
  • A fun film with a great conclusion
    I'm partial to certain Eastwood films, especially the early spaghetti westerns which made him famous. This film is sort of a Cold War CAVIAR EASTERN.

    Here, a long-retired, Vietnam-mentally-damaged Eastwood is tapped on the shoulder by the CIA to steal a new Soviet fighter-jet that is invisible on radar, the Firefox. (Clearly, the film preceded the unveiling of our own top-technology in that realm, which the Soviets never ever achieved). Eastwood, whose mother was Russian and so he speaks Russian like a native, grudgingly acceeds to the arm-twisting proposal and goes undercover behind the Iron Curtain. There, the CIA network ultimately gets him through a morass of close calls and to the Firefox, which he steals but at great cost of life to all the folks who helped him.

    The final third of the film is totally focused upon his attempt to escape The Soviet Union with a second Firefox aircraft and a very ticked off Russian pilot (Eastwood had kicked his butt back at the Russian base), hot on his tail.

    Of course, none of this could actually have been pulled off but it's nice to think that it COULD have happened, so, it's the purest form of silly fiction. But still, the film is well-conveyed, not hokey in any way.

    Like John Wayne, Eastwood is the worst sort of actor, coming off as contrived and isolated from his supporting actors, but that is actually why most of us love him (and John Wayne too). Also, the special effects are very realistic in this film, well-done.

    In the end, if you love Eastwood, you'll find this movie much to your liking, very macho and all. The stereotyped Russians (Soviets at the time), fully meet our western expectations of arrogance, bad temper, and ineptness.

    If you're not a big Eastwood fan, I'd pass this one by as there are better choices in his film repertoire for the casual viewer. Don't look for anything deep and/or philosophical in this one -- it's a very straightforward flick, typical Eastwood really....more info
  • Awesome! Firefox takes off with suspense and excitement!
    This movie is one of my favorite movies. Eastwood is absolutely fantastic in his role as Mitchell Gant, and the scenes for Russian locales are very much how I thought the USSR would be like. The first half of the movie, with Gant sneaking into Russia, and the base where the Firefox is, is very suspenseful. The sleek, black, Firefox aircraft itself is an incredibly cool looking design, and one of the most realistic looking movie aircraft I've ever seen, both when it's on the ground, and flying in the air. The aerial sequences are great, and the dogfight at the end of the movie between the two Firefoxes, Gant's and a pursuing, Russian pilot's, is incredible, and as realistic as the ones in Top Gun. With all these great qualities, Firefox is a great movie that deserves far more than 5 stars. I would recomend this movie to any aircraft, espionage, or Clint Eastwood fan, and anyone who likes great movies....more info
  • movie preview
    Clint Eastwood was a great choice for the lead role in this movie. His emotional flashbacks add a nice touch to the suspense surrounding his effort to sneak into Russia and steal a high-tech airplane. While the airplane is an interesting focal point, I enjoyed more following the logistics and complications the intelligence service had to confront to get Clint to the airplane and then out of Russia.. Good entertainment, particularly for spy fans....more info
  • Firefox
    Firefox is a low class movie with not nearly as much action as some of Clint's big hit's EXAMPLE: the good the bad and the ugly,and dirty harry or maybe your to old for that kind of stuff smarten up Clint....more info
  • Entertaining Cold War propaganda
    Back in the 1980s, Americans couldn't care less about bearded Islamic militants in the backwoods of Afghanistan. Our big concern was the big, bad Soviet Union. Even though we were the most powerful country in the world by a large margin, we feared war and invasion (World War III, Red Dawn, Amerika), espionage (virtually every Bond film from the period), and annhiliation (The Day After, WarGames) at the hands of the U.S.S.R.

    Firefox fits neatly into this us-versus-them thriller, with iconic American loner/tough-guy hero Clint Eastwood penetrating into the Soviet Union to steal the world's most advanced aircraft, which was invisible to radar and America's defenses. The movie had the potential to be a spectacular spy/action thriller, but the results are something of a mixed bag.

    When I watched this film as a child, I was impressed by the seeming omnipresence of the KGB. It was creepy to think that people lived in a society where no one trusted anyone and any loose words could mean certain death. In retrospect, the portrayal of the KGB is somewhat cartoonish. Perhaps most laughable was when Eastwood was asked for "your papers, please" while taking a shower.

    Another aspect of the film that seems somewhat dated is the highly propogandistic way in which the dissidents were portrayed. Several of Eastwood's helpers in the Soviet Union risked death by transporting him or giving him secret information, yet they seemed flippant, almost casual about their impending doom, as if being found out and killed by the KGB was just a normal, expected part of the plans. "Oh, don't worry about me," they would say in a dismissive tone, explaining that without the freedoms that Eastwood took for granted back in the West, life just wasn't worth living. While history is full of people giving their lives for freedom, the shallow way in which these characters faced their fates could be chalked up to either poor scriptwriting, shallow Cold War propaganda, or a bit of both.

    A couple other criticisms. The dialogue is rather flat and the storyline is somewhat predictable. Eastwood's character remains elusive (one-dimensional?) and stoic (wooden?) throughout the movie. I don't want to criticize the special effects for the flying scenes, though, because they were considered top-notch at the time. Publicity made much of the Star Wars legacy of some of the special effects personnel.

    In the end, what we have is something of a cartoonish spy-thriller that entrances starry-eyed children into the epic struggle between East and West, but feels more like a Cold War cops-and-robbers flick for more mature audiences....more info

  • Good but Should be Better
    Less a shoot 'em up than a Cold War spy thriller, "Firefox" is an earnest effort that nonetheless yields mixed results. On one hand, the premise and pacing are decidely adult--this is supposed to be a throwback to the better spy thrillers of the 60s, where the action is tempered by chess-like moves and countermoves rather than comic-book-style quick solutions. But like so many 80s films, "Firefox" sometimes compromises its vision, pandering to the lowest common denominator by offering cheesy, jingoistic lines and special effects sequences in place of further character or plot development. Eastwood is well cast as Mitchell Gant, a shell-shocked American pilot sent to steal a prototype Soviet plane that threatens to upset the arms balance. The longer--and more interesting--part of the movie concerns Gant's journey behind the Iron Curtain, as well as his meeting with dissidents prepared to help him. Here, "Firefox" functions well as a thriller, offering genuine suspense and pathos, especially for the team of scientists prepared to sacrifice their lives to see his mission succeed. The actual theft of the plane and subsequent cat-and-mouse aerial antics, however, seem rather one-note by comparison: there are too many repetitious moments in the cockpit and the various control centers, where people pour over maps and radar screens while looking pensive. The acting is generally fine, but the script seems to run out of things for everyone to do--after all, Gant's basically just piloting a plane while everyone is trying to figure out where he's going. Even the climactic fighter battle lacks a sense of genuine tension, partly because characterization drops out and partly because the outcome already seems decided by that point in the movie. Like "Ice Station Zebra," an earlier film with a similar sensibility and execution, the journey is more interesting than the destination....more info
  • Serviceable DVD of an excellent suspense thriller/high adventure movie
    When Tom Clancy came out with his first book THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER many people did not connect it to the fact that it appeared at the tail end of a short-lived movie-craze. A decade before, a former teacher in Wales Craig Thomas had written a book about the American military's quest to acquire the Soviet Union's latest super-weapon, a technologically advanced fighter that would leave the United States aerial defenses largely obsolete.
    Of course structurally the two tales are very different and apart from both falling into the genre of techno-thriller these are two very different stories. But following the release of Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Thomas book in 1982 the movie and television screens were strewn with tales of the latest technologically advanced [place mode of transportation here]. We had a super car in KNIGHT RIDER (currently in reruns on the Sci-Fi channel), and not one but two super helicopters with BLUE THUNDER on the big screen and AIRWOLF on television. It was only natural that a submarine, that most stealthy of all vehicles, would come in for the same treatment.
    Yet what Thomas delivered in his novel was a perfect fusion of suspense and high adrenaline action adventure, a fact that Eastwood himself credited with his decision to persuade Warner Bros, to acquire the rights to the property on the 22:35 documentary included as a special feature on the disc.
    In fact, despite this featurettes length, clocking as it does at a little more than 22 minutes, it does boast a wealth of information on the production of the movie and seeing it here had a special significance for me.
    It was this very documentary that had led my family to sneak an 11-year old boy on the English-Scottish border into seeing this picture, despite that fact that it was certified (in the now defunct) AA, that meant that those seeing the movie had to be 14-years old or older. I remember that this merely added to the sense of excitement and wonder as the movie unfolded and the image of the Firefox streaking across the sky in the closing minutes became seared into my memory for years until I saw it once more - on the small screen,
    Presented by the BBC's Iain Johnstone, the featurette gives us a glimpse into the work that went into the production of the movie. And includes on-camera archival interviews with Eastwood, Thomas, special effects guru John Dykstra and British actor Warren Clark who plays Pavel, the moustaches dissident who helps Eastwood's Mitchell Gant escape the KGB.
    In addition to clips from FIREFOX, ANY WHICH WAY BUT LOOSE and BRONCO BILLY the full-frame documentary also features clips of Eastwood working with the crew on the night scene on the riverbank. And shots of the art department transforming the Vienna subway into the Moscow subway by the addition of Russian language posters and signs. It is here that we learn that Thomas used street maps of Moscow when writing the novel.
    Eastwood recounts the horror that his direction that the special effects shots be in daylight was met with and Dykstra talks about how they ran out of location when taking background shots for the speeding Firefox. It's a credit to Dykstra's Apogee team that the effects still deliver white-knuckle excitement in the last third of the film as Gant attempts to flee the Soviet Union.
    Helping to place the movie in its proper historical perspective are shots from the films Washington DC premiere, an event that was attended by a number of the members of then President Ronald Reagan's administration.
    Also included on the DVD is a cast and crew listing that allows the reader to select both Clint Eastwood and writer Alex Lasker for their respective filmographies. There is also the widescreen theatrical trailer that plays up the movies action sequences that make the movie look brimming with action. I was impressed that, given the age of the picture, the trailer looks in such great shape, its crisp and the colors well balanced. Indeed the movie also appears in great shape and even though by today's standard of ultimate editions these features seem a little thin on the ground, it's still a serviceable release with an excellent transfer.
    But, what of the movie itself. It is in fact everything Eastwood said it was, a broad high-style adventure, along with the elements of a tight suspense film. Eastwood plays a burnt out pilot from Vietnam, still haunted by the horrors he witnessed. Yet, given the fact that he is fluent in Russian, he is the best shot the U.S. military has in stealing the Firefox, a supersonic fighter invisible to radar that operates through mind commands that require the pilot to THINK in Russian.
    So, as the movie opens we see a helicopter flying through the Alaskan wilderness, it's the American military coming to try and persuade a reluctant Gant back into the service of his country. It's not long before he's in London being prepped for the mission by Kenneth Aubry (in a remarkable and memorable performance by Freddie Jones) and being transformed into the part of an American businessman. Then its onto Moscow where he meets up with a group of dissidents intent on helping him steal the fighter.
    The suspense really ratchets up in the middle of the picture to true edge-of-your-seat tension as the KGB begins to put the clues together and close in on Gant, as he (aided by Pavel) attempts to reach the hanger holding the fighter. Indeed the final flight to freedom serves as a release of all that pent up tension, as the picture transforms itself from a suspense thriller into a roller-coaster ride of adventure.
    In this section the movie picks up its pace and Klaus L?witsch shines in these scenes as Gen. Vladimirov.as he attempts to second-guess the American. The sequences in this section still hold my attention today, as much as they did as an 11-year old 24 years ago.
    With pre-CGI effects that still hold up remarkably well today, first-class performances from an incredible cast and tight scripting in the adaptation of an excellent novel it should be no surprise that I list FIREFOX as one of my favorite thrillers.
    Hopefully a more feature laden DVD will be released in the future, but this will do for now.
    Recommended....more info
  • firefox
    I've always wanted to buy this dvd, ever since I read the novel and saw the movie on t.v., I've search for this dvd and I found it on amazon.com. It's a good movie, with flawed characters, but despite this he made it, and the amazing dogfight with the other firefox, it just blew my mind away, eastwood is great!...more info
  • Firefox
    The movie is one of my favorites. However, the DVD case is cheap, not like store bought. It's a cheesy plastic with a piece of cardboard with cover art. Remove the cardboard out of the slot and there's nothing there. ...more info
  • Pure Aerial Cold War movie!!!
    This is one of my favorite classics. It was so exciting to see the black pilot stole a top secret super jet in front of russian noses!!. A lot of creativity, super speed effects and great drumming soundtrack. If you like the Cold war ambience and aerial scenes this is a classic you must get in your rack!.
    Enjoy Mach 5....more info
  • Excellent Cold War story!
    Clint Eastwood is Mitchell Gant, an aging Vietnam War veteran with a stress disorder. He's retired and lives in Canada, trying to cope with the trauma of the war.
    It's the height of the Cold War and Gant is the best choice for a dangerous espionage mission. The Russians have developed a Mach-5 supersonic warplane.

    As former leader of the Agressor Squadron and fluent in the Russian language and culture, Gant has to infiltrate in enemy territory to steal the ultimate weapon; the Firefox.

    What I like about this movie is the fact that it manages to make a very far-fetched story believable. The movie slowly builds from an espionage movie to the moment that Gant gets to the plane. From then the theme is switched to action and for a 1982 movie I think it looks very polished. Excellent job!...more info

  • Great flick, laughable special effects.
    I'm praying they did something creative with the upcoming DVD release but I'm not going to hold my breath....more info
  • FireFox - A true Eastwood classic!
    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. I've never been to Russia and I don't pretend to know how things were there during the cold war and pre-glasnost but through Eastwood's direction and the actors efforts, they quite easily bring about a "suspension of disbelief" in the story.

    One minor "gripe" would be in the beginning of the movie when Gant is going through a flashback and they show him flying an F-4 Phantom and then an F-105 Thud and then roll back to the Phantom, two very distinct and different aircraft. Simply because they both had the same camouflage scheme does not mean they're the same planes and directors "should" pay closer attention to these details. While this was a minor distraction for myself, it in no way detracts from the films overall plot.

    Overall, "FireFox" is worth every penny and I highly recommend this DVD as an honored addition to your DVD collection! {ssintrepid}

    Special Features:

    - Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 - The sound quality for this classic is perfect!
    - Making of Documentary: Clint Eastwood: Director - This is an excellent addition to the DVD with an interview from around the time of release "FireFox," covering more than just this film.
    - Eastwood Film Highlights
    - Theatrical Trailer...more info

  • Clint Eastwood directs and acts his part extreamly well.
    This movie starts slow but rockets with edge of your seat excitment and suspense. Hooray for Eastwood!...more info
  • "Gant, can you fly that plane? Really fly it?"
    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 L?witsch), the Communist Party First Secretary (Stefan Schnabel) and Soviet AF pilot Lt. Col. Voskov (Kai Wulff).

    The film is not perfect, but with a superb Cold War plot, good dialog, engaging characters and good special effects, I rate "Firefox" with 4 out of 5 stars. I am very happy that the film was released on DVD in widescreen format. Not everyone who watches the film will enjoy it, but technophiles, fans of sci-fi & action films and Clint Eastwood fans more than likely will....more info

  • Clint as a fighter jock
    Clint Eastwood hasn't done too many military or spy movies, and it was fun to seem him tackle the genre. Clint plays an ex-Air Force fighter pilot named Mitchell Gant who had some bad experiences in Vietnam and is enjoying his retirement on a ranch. He is recruited by a international espionage ring who already have a top-secret mission ready for him. He is to sneak into the Soviet Union and with the help of persecuted Russian Jews, steal the Soviet's newest and scariest fighter jet, the MIG-31, codenamed "Firefox". But the KGB is on his tail from minute one, only they don't know yet exactly why he is there. All heck breaks loose once they find out why, but it's too late. Gant is up in the air at the controls of the plane and it's telepathic weapons system. After a refueling stop on an ice sheet where an American sub is waiting for him, he takes off and has to contend with a Russian fighter ace flying the only other Firefox in existence. Will Mitchell Gant make it back to American soil? Watch the movie to find out!...more info