FireFox, The most devastating killing machine ever built, his job steal it! So read the tag line for this excellent cold war action adventure. Clint Eastwood, plays Mitchell Gant, a former Vietnam veteran who is living the peaceful life in a remote location. is brought back into action to undertake a top secret mission in to red communist Russia to literally steal the fire fox of the title which is the Russian's latest and most deadliest supersonic jet fighter,Eastwood who also direct's has some of the finest familiar British acting talent assembled, Genre favorite Freddie Jones, <more>
Kenneth Colley Nigel Hawthorne, Ronald Lacey,And Warren Clarke, The special visual effects courtesy of John Dykstra, still hold up today,FireFox,is a trend setting film, the well filmed flashback scenes of Eastwood's 'Nam days were almost redone for 'BlueThunder' another Great Action flick.Beware of different version's of FireFox, as Eastwood personally cut two distinct version's,one has much of the mission exposition left out, The current region two DVD has the original 2 hours and 16 minutes,
Beginning of anti-radar aircraft body. (by mdmkam)
Dear viewers let me tell you about the Jet Fighter Firefox as well as Mig-31. For the firs time Scientists have invent anti-radar jet aircraft body & thought guided weapons system. Before the Mig-31 generally a Jet pilot needed to locked on the target & then through its weapon usually missiles. But the Mig-31 is 5/6 seconds advanced. Its pilot does not need to aim the target before the firing, which he can guide the missile after firing by the thought impulse without any sort of physical activity. It has also the speed of 6 Mac 6 times than sound , which is near about 4500 <more>
miles/hour. Because its Turmansky Turbo Jet can create 50000 pounds pressure/second in the air. This film showed the secret project took place at Bilyarosk, which is 600 miles east of Moscow. The pilot acted by Clint Eastwood reached Bilyarosk, taking off the Mig-31, make the civilian plane's pilot simply stunned & also made diversion at first the Soviets thought he was going to south by turning north at the Mountain area of Orosk, Ural. It only I would say weakly detected by the infrared hit searcher radar. But the former USSR's proud of its naval flit missile cruiser Riga simply failed to destroy it. Because the Mig-31 has the capability of firing decoy heat source from the back of its tail unit. That decoy was the writer & director has made the trick to win the US pilot against that second prototype Mig-31. I must gratitude to the MBC 2. Thanks to the writer & director to make a such an excellent film that a smart person enters the one time the world's most forbidden iron part & steals their best jet aircraft.
best movie Clint Eastwood ever made (by tpfaff100)
Corny, complete with scientists with ear coming out of their hair, this is Eastwood at his very very "worst." If you have hated films like "The good, the bad and the ugly" you may like this film. It doesn't denigrate "The Western" as his other films have, since he was a TV film star. You get the feeling he might have enjoyed making this film, unlike others, in which he forces his disdain for anything he can imagine. It is, not dissimilar from a bad Japanese monster picture in some ways. But it's lovable in it's true badness.Perhaps this is why <more>
Eastwood films are popular. They are all truly awful. However, this film has an 'awful charm' that is somehow endearing. Much like a bad Japanese monster movie.
Did that title grab your attention?Well, this film did it for me."Firefox" is without a doubt one of the best non-Dirty Harry movies I have ever seen Clint Eastwood star in. And I've seen quite a few.As Mitchell Gant, Clint helps the US smuggle a super-secret Russian fighter craft out of its hangar deep in the heart of Russia and fly it over to our side. Of course, it's not as easy as it sounds, what with Gant having recurring flashbacks to a harrowing experience in Vietnam PLOT POINT - why did they have an obviously traumatized vet like Clint head up a sensitive assignment <more>
like this? Oh well.... .In fact, there are two stars to this one. Clint, of course, and that sleek, black dream machine of a MIG that he commandeers. The scene where the camera and Clint circle the plane is almost like a car commercial all that's missing is Ricardo Montalban talking about its 'rich Corinthian leather' interior . Other than the loving detail between the two leads, however, everyone else is either an empty-headed caricature or an overplayed buffoon. Either way, it's just filling time until Clint and his ride meet the next harrowing obstacle they must overcome. And there's quite a few.Does Clint finish the job in the end? Is all made safe for the Cold War-era world as we know it? Did Clint direct and produce as well as star in this one? Yep, so I think you know the answer already. But it's not the destination as much as the trip getting there, if you know what I mean.Nine stars and a side of borscht for "Firefox"; the best movie ever made in which Clint speaks Russian.
Bio-technology with use of neuronal telepathy & DARPA (by Global_Marketing_Pros)
The plot of using a neuronal bio-technology for communication with machines is very interesting. Especially since the Department of Defense via Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA was designed to harbor such technology that has very secretive intellectual property rights. As DARPA states in its mission statement for public relations it was formed for the reason of international foreign exchange of ideas with maximum security for national defense and protection of those ideas. Firefox the movie deals with stealing those ideas. Using the pathways of underground espionage such as <more>
counter-intelligence with drug smuggling to leverage underground human intelligence HUMINT networks. Thus, Firefox the movie is a satirical play on DARPA and the U.S. Department of State, because foreign relations under what DARPA stands for is not negotiable due to economic or political science driving military foreign affair objectives obstructing the weight given to technology agreements via foreign affairs. I think the type casting of Clint Eastwood was appropriate. But I think this film would have given the arts persons who speak Russian a very good opportunity to gain a great co-star role or supporting actor role.
This is a very good movie. Shows the evil of the U.S.S.R. during the cold war and how people that don't have freedom appreciate freedom enough to want to make the ultimate sacrifice. The other reader said it was terrible acting and the airplane scenes are terrible. I totally disagree the main character is involved in something he is not used to and having to learn on the run. Overall this is a good movie. The airplanes do look a little fake but no more then Star Wars or Flight of the Navigator. Both of which were around that same time. This is a spy movie that is not campy like Roger <more>
Moore's James Bond. Not as good as a Tom Clancy book but it is in that Genre.
Every big star makes a few films like this one. Firefox is a film that many will declare is for "Eastwood fans only". That is probably an accurate statement. Looking at Firefox, you can see a film that suffers from awkward pacing, poor effects by today's standards, and some rather hammy performances by some of the supporting cast. Still, I find myself in the precarious position of having to recommend this film to all of you. Firefox is not by any means a classic. It is however a nice snap-shot of a society so paranoid that its very existence almost suffocated its citizens. I am <more>
of course talking about the most murderous regime in modern history. The USSR. If anyone doubts this, please keep in mind that Stalin alone is credited with nearly 3X as many murders during his watch as Hitler. The first hour or so of this film has Clint Eastwood sneaking around and being led around the Soviet Union by a network of underground spies. They are trying to get him out to a top-secret air base so he can steal a prototype of the most advanced fighter jet ever built before the Soviets can mass-produce it. Most viewers seem to find this first hour pretty boring, and maybe they are right. Other than Clint walking through parks, hastily jumping on trains, and hitching rides in delivery trucks, not much happens. I don't think the first hour is a total waste, though. In it, we get an incredible feel for just how oppressive the USSR was back then. At almost every turn there are slimy KGB agents in cheap leather jackets jumping out and demanding "papers" from anybody unlucky enough to be out in public at that time. I lost count of how many times people were forced to show their "papers" in that first hour. The paranoia of the Soviet government is well on display in these scenes.Once Clint gets to the plane, the movie takes off: literally. Clint is then forced to fly the plane out of Soviet air space and find a re-fueling spot in the Arctic Ocean where a US sub will be waiting for him. Even though this plane is impossible to detect on radar, it's still a difficult task to avoid all the other Soviet aircraft and ships. Clint also gets into a dogfight with another Firefox which is sent up after him. Since the effects involving these planes look dated, you have to suspend your disbelief and just sit back and enjoy it all as best you can. I liked most of the acting in this film. Freddie Jones was over-the-top, though. Clint was about as timid as I've ever seen him, but he was supposed to be. His character suffers from constant flashbacks of his Vietnam days where he had been shot down and held prisoner for a while. You have to wonder why such an unbalanced man would be chosen for such an important mission, but they at least try to explain that early on. It seems that the Air Force believes Clint's condition only occurs when he's on the ground, but we find that not to be the case once he's in the dogfight with a more experienced Soviet Col. Warren Clarke who you might remember as the big dumb lug in Alex's gang in A Clockwork Orange is outstanding as the primary underground spy who helps Clint get where he needs to go. I also loved that dirty old Soviet "First Secretary" who threatens Clint once he steals the plane. Those hapless individuals who played the Jewish scientists at the air base were very good in their roles, also.If you love Eastwood and haven't seen this film, please do. If you don't really care about him but want to take a closer look at the old USSR, this will work for you, too.I'll give it 8 of 10 stars. Clint, you should have killed that Soviet Col. when you had the chance in the locker room!!!!So sayeth the Hound.
" Boy . . . . is this a machine! " (by thinker1691)
In the 1970's, when the Cold War was still something to be feared, a Russian pilot flew his new proto-type jet to an American base in Japan. By the time the story became the novel by Craig Thomas, the incident had become international memories. The fact it occurred became the basis for the film, " Fire Fox." In this movie we have Mitchell Gant, Clint Eastwood a troubled American Viet-Nam vet who's nightmarish dreams haunt his secluded life in the Alaskan wilderness. He is reluctantly recruited by Captain Buckholz David Huffman a fellow pilot from American's Agressor <more>
squadron and Professor Kenneth Aubrey Freddie Jones to secretly enter Russia and fly the new Mig-31 jet, which has so many new features, it could tilt the balance of world power. The insane catch? He has to steal it! The litany of stars such as Warren Clarke who plays Pavel Upenskoy and Ronald Lacey; Raiders of the Lost Ark who is Semelovsky, along with Kenneth Colley who is believable as Colonel Kontarsky and my favorite, Klaus Löwitsch who is the tactician General Vladimirov and Nigel Hawthorne who is surprisingly impressive as Pyotr Baranovich. Clint Eastwood stars and directs this dramatic spy thriller which should have garnered more attention than it did. Perhaps it's because the Cold War was waning and the audiences like the war weary world wanted a change of pace. Nevertheless, for all it's faults, it proves to be a good film. ****
FIREFOX was better than I expected. I thought it would take forever to get started but I was only bored during a few scene's later in the film. I actually enjoyed the scene's leading up to when he steals the plane. I thought the airplane action sequences were very good, though the f/x were are a bit dated. There were a few problems with the film. One thing is right after Eastwood steals the plane there are a bunch of boring scene's with the Russian generals blabbing on in a control room. Also the part when he lands on the iceberg made the film drag a bit. Aside from a few dull <more>
scene's FIREFOX is a very enjoyable action-thriller that I enjoyed very much. 4/5