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5.0 out of 5 stars Great technical-action packed movie with Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood is well known for his western style movies,as well as some other later on in his career, but this one
stands out because he portrays a American pilot (Mitchell Gant) that sneaks behind Soviet border to carry out a dangerous
mission. That mission is the hijacking of the latest MIG-31 stealth fighter, one that the Americans want to examine, and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An adequate, unusual techno-thriller from Clint Eastwood
This was Clint Eastwood's second dip into the waters of the espionage thriller (the first was the awful "Eiger Sanction" back in 1975), and one of the few films he directed which relies heavily on visual effects. As a director, Eastwood seems uneasy with both modes, which go against the grain of his realistic, tough, and often stoic & silent directorial style...
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by Claude Avary


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great technical-action packed movie with Clint Eastwood, April 13 2013
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Clint Eastwood is well known for his western style movies,as well as some other later on in his career, but this one
stands out because he portrays a American pilot (Mitchell Gant) that sneaks behind Soviet border to carry out a dangerous
mission. That mission is the hijacking of the latest MIG-31 stealth fighter, one that the Americans want to examine, and
Gant barely escapes the clutches of the KGB, only because he is able to speak Russian. He befriends a couple of scientists on the advanced fighter project that have past issues with the Soviet regime.

Gant manages to commandeer one of the two Mig-31 prototypes and just gets airborne before the real test pilot gets into the second prototype to chase him in an arial dogfight. The dogfight sequence is basically similar to Top Gun, and Gant barely escapes intact from that to land and refuel on the frozen Artic icepack, (serviced by an American submarine). as the Russians catch up with them. (The arial dogfight sequence was the basis of a commercial video game a few years ago),
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time., Feb. 5 2013
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One aspect of the movie I really like is how well the pilot's flying helmut was done as it looks just like the helmuts used to fly the F-35! Very cool!
Clint used a largely British team of actors which are far more convincing in their roles than is often the case for American actors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cold War-era drama/thriller, July 12 2010
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When this movie came out in the early 80's, most of us kids didn't like it. We wanted more high-flying action and explosions. With the benefit of a few years and hindsight, Firefox is an adequate, moody cold war-era drama with just enough Top Gun action at the end. I read the novel first, on which the movie was based, and loved it even though my 10 year old self didn't know what a "cold war" was.

Here's your basic plot. The Brits have discovered that the Soviets have successfully developed a jet plane that is invisible to radar; in effect a stealth fighter (although that term isn't used in the film). In addition, they have learned about one more grim technological advance. The weapons systems of this plane, the Mig-31 code-named "Firefox", are completely brain activated. Think it, and the Firefox will fire it. This will give the pilot an edge over any conventional plane, split seconds needed in air combat.

Mitchell Gant (Eastwood) is a Vietnam vet who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, giving him uncontrolled non-epileptic seizures in times of stress, or if he experiences sensations that remind him of the carnage he witnessed. He, however, can fly the plane and speak perfect Russian. He is the only choice the Americans have. Choice for what? Simple really. The way to keep the Russians from having this advantage is to steal a plane and reverse engineer it.

Roughly half in the film is espionage -- Gant making contact in Russia, assuming identities, escaping the KGB. The second half is 80's-quality air combat action. Aside from some matte lines and over-lit models, these scenes are pretty cool as the Firefox skims the snowy Ural mountains.

While Firefox is a slow moving film, with some poor Russian accents, I found it to be an interesting and intriguing movie. It won't go down as Eastwood's best or most exciting, but for cold war-era drama, this is tops.

4 stars

Note -- look for a couple supporting actors you may recognize from some big Lucas films!
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3.0 out of 5 stars An adequate, unusual techno-thriller from Clint Eastwood, Feb. 27 2004
This was Clint Eastwood's second dip into the waters of the espionage thriller (the first was the awful "Eiger Sanction" back in 1975), and one of the few films he directed which relies heavily on visual effects. As a director, Eastwood seems uneasy with both modes, which go against the grain of his realistic, tough, and often stoic & silent directorial style. Nonetheless, "Firefox" works better than it should. Eastwood brings understated realism to what might have been a hopelessly hokey Cold War techno thriller, and the visual effects-laden last third is fairly exciting. However, the mixture of elements ultimately produces only an adequate film, a strange entry in Eastwood's long string of hits.
The plot is a Tom Clancy story before there were Tom Clancy stories (this is based on a novel by Craig Thomas). The Soviets (remember them?) have developed a super fighter jet, the Firefox, with thought-controlled weapons system. The Firefox threatens the balance of power in the Cold War, so NATO needs to get their hands on it, pronto. The only man who can do it is pilot Mitchell Gant (Eastwood). He speaks fluent Russian, can infiltrate the base with the help of Russian Jewish dissenters (played by Ronald Lacey, Nigel Hawthorne, and Warren Clarke), and has the skill to fly the Firefox. Only problem: Gant is highly unstable from his Vietnam experience, is prone is nasty flashbacks (a problem if you're flying a though- controlled plane!), and has done no undercover work before.
"Firefox" is overlong at 136 minutes, and tends to drag with far too many scenes of Russian and NATO boardroom arguments. The film works best in the early parts during the scenes with Lacey, Hawthorne, and Clarke, who all give fine, sentimental performances as double agents who know they are doomed but struggle on for what they know is right. In a few place, Eastwood shows traces of the later themes of the consequences of violence that would mature in "Unforgiven" and "Mystic River." Eastwood himself is fairly good in the role, avoiding any "Dirty Harry" clichés or relying too much on his tough guy image, but he does look rather silly in his undercover disguise scenes.
Nonetheless, it does seem to take forever until the last third, where the Firefox tries to blaze an almost hopeless escape trail out of the Soviet Union, with another Firefox prototype on its tail. The effects (by John Dysktra of "Star Wars" fame) are zippy and fantastic, but any human element left in the film pretty much bails out at this point. Enjoy the planes, enjoy the speed, enjoy Clint just staring out the window and not moving much. It's fairly exciting, but when it's all over, you'll feel a bit let down.
The DVD, like most Warner Bros. discs in the Clint Eastwood Collection, looks very good, and the sound is 5.1. But also like most Warner Bros. discs in the Clint Eastwood Collection, there are no extras.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great, Jan. 7 2004
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FIREFOX is one of those films made back when the U.S.S.R. still existed, and espionage is the key here. Clint Eastwood plays Mitchell Gant, a retired Air Force pilot who is resurrected to steal the FIREFOX fighter jet from Russia. Based on a novel by the same name, FIREFOX certainly looks like an interesting movie, and it is to some extent. It has a little James Bond flavor in it too. It is not great, however, and has many flaws.
Eastwood constantly changes deguise throughout the film as his allies seek to get him to the jet. The process is long and confusing, and the whole time Clint doesn't look like he has any idea what he is doing. Once he grabs the jet itself, and pulls out of the hanger, night suddenly changes to day! The special effects during the flying sequences are exciting. John Dykstra, who won an oscar for the special effects in STAR WARS, did the job on the effects here and the results are impressive, even though they look dated. The movie does drag, however, when the U.S.S.R. intellegence constantly is trying to figure out which direction he is headed. The worst thing about this film is the ending. After winning a dramatic dogfight with the other FIREFOX, the movie ends right there in the sky. It would have been interesting if Eastwood could have entended it a little more to at least see him land the plane in his home country. This was Eastwood's eighth time as a director as well. The movie is interesting, but the minor flaws, and flat ending are what kind of hold it back from being great. FIREFOX wass a good movie, but it could have been better, alot better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad espionage thriller, Dec 22 2003
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I remember when I first saw this 20 years ago on cable TV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burns Up The Sky, Nov. 29 2003
Eastwood "Burns Up The Sky" in this one. Watched this in the theatres when I was a kid and I was bored with the first half of the movie then, Which deals with Gant(Eastwood) getting drafted, Training, Getting into Russia, Avoiding the KGB, Getting into the airbase, And stealing the Mig-31(Firefox). Second half of the movie deals with Gant trying to get away with the perfect crime (Flying the Firefox and eluding the Soviet defences) and is where all the action is. As a kid, The first half of the movie was hard to sit through. As an adult, I now find it every bit as exciting in the first portion as I do with the latter half. This movie is definately a masterpiece and is still fun to watch, Even though the cold war is over. Bonus features for this edition are basically a documentary and trailer. Not much but this movie is so beautiful that extras aren't neccassary. Thank you Warner Brothers. Cheers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Stop Watching this Film!!!, Nov. 7 2003
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I've seen this film at least seven times, and I enjoyed it just as much each time.
This is a very enjoyable cold war action/spy drama. Tense action carried out in Clint Eastwood style.
If you like Clint Eastwood. You'll like this film. Some have pointed out some continuity errors in the film, but these don't spoil the story. The characters are acted in such a way as to make you care about what happens to them.
It's looely based on the books. The movie ends in a way I won't spoil. But I will say that after you see this movie you should search out the books, Firefox, Firefox Down (they are selling on Amazon; as used for a penny)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fun Propoganda....with some gaping holes, Oct. 23 2003
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Yarby "yarby" (Medina, OH United States) - See all my reviews
I was rather surprised that Clint Eastwood would be involved in such propoganda. That aside, it did make for a suspenseful story...with a couple of really obvious missteps:
1. Why was Gant SO easily persuaded to go along with the mission. I expected at least a half hour or so of rebellion on the part of this ex-Air Force pilot. Instead, he gave in almost instantaneously.
2. Has anyone ever seen the sun come out so fast as it did after Gant pulled the plane from the hangar? Wasn't it supposed to be the middle of the night? All of a sudden, the sun was out when the plane took off. I've seen this kind of screw-up before...I remember seeing it once on the "Adam-12" television show....but never in a major motion picture.
I can't comment as to the reality of the planes, etc., because I am not familiar enough. But if they can't get night and day straight, I have to wonder if ANY thought was put into reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FireFox - A true Eastwood classic!, Sept. 6 2003
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K. Wyatt "ssintrepid" (Cape Girardeau, MO United States) - See all my reviews
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
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