Firefox

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Released 1982

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Director:
Clint Eastwood
Released:
1982
Rating:
PG

Firefox is a Cold War action film from 1982 based on the eponymous 1978 novel by Craig Thomas. The film follows director and star Clint Eastwood as Vietnam veteran pilot Mitchell Gant. The United States government asks the retired Gant to infiltrate the Soviet Union and steal a jet prototype. The task is important because the new jet, called "Firefox," is undetectable by radar, can travel at Mach-6, and has the ability to be controlled with the pilot's mind. Dissident scientists working on the project, Pavel Upenskoy (Warren Clarke), Dr. Baranovich (Nigel Hawthorne), and Natalia Baranovich (Dimitria Arliss), help Gant get into the country, evade the KGB and steal the jet. However, the getaway is even much more difficult. To survive and bring the plane home, Gant must defeat Russian enemies on the ground and in the air. Featuring stunning jet footage, Firefox is a taut spy thriller for the latter part of the Cold War era.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Clint Eastwood's Firefox is a slick, muscular thriller that combines espionage with science fiction. The movie works like a well-crafted machine, and it's about a well-crafted mach...

  • 63

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Firefox is no masterpiece, and it's not even a startling picture within its genre -- Cold War mischief. But it's briskly entertaining and, until the nyet-effect of all those stereo...

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Rick Groen

    When the plot isn't lagging, it displays holes sufficiently gaping to accommodate a whole squadron of Firefoxes. [19 June 1982]

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