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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.

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Clint Eastwood

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Alex Lasker (screenplay), Wendell Wellman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Austin Willis ... Walters
Michael Currie Michael Currie ... Captain Seerbacker
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Storyline

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. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

10 February 1983 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangaus lapinas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,152,948, 20 June 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,708,276

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,687,344
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Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was released five years after its source novel by Craig Thomas was published. In that year, a similarly themed and similarly titled movie called Foxbat (1977) was released. Many of the characters from the "Firefox" novel and "Firefox Down" returned in the novels "Winter Hawk" (1987) and "A Different War" (1997). See more »

Goofs

When the Russian Hind helicopters fly over Mother 1 (US sub in the Pole). The close up of the Russian cockpit is actually the airframe of Blue Thunder, not a Hind. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Gant: Oh? Where is it?
Buckholz: Russia.
[Gant studies him]
Buckholz: You've got to steal it.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. This has since become a trademark of all Eastwood-directed films. See more »

Alternate Versions

After its initial release, Clint Eastwood recut the film by 13 minutes; this 124-minute version has aired on cable TV. Full 137-minute original version restored for video and later network television releases. See more »

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Re-Make With Faster Start Would Be Nice
13 May 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was so-so, one of those films that could have been much better had the editing been tighter, in this case in the first 90 minutes. About 20 of that could have been cut. As it was, it took too long for the action to kick in, and was a bit confusing in parts.

Once Clint Eastwood started getting near the plane he was going to hijack the film picked up immensely.

Even though the movie was made 25 years ago, the fighter plane still looks pretty awesome: a combination of a Stealth and Concorde. Too bad this wasn't made today with some great DTS sound. Perhaps a re-make of this would be the answer.


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