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Firefox (1982)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Vladimirov (as Klaus Lowitsch)
Thomas Hill ...
General Brown
Major Lanyev
Austin Willis ...
Michael Currie ...
Captain Seerbacker


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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Release Date:

18 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Firefox - Volpe di fuoco  »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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The film was made and released five years after its source novel of the same name by Craig Thomas had been first published in 1977. In that 1977 year, a similarly themed and similarly titled film called "Foxbat" [Woo fook (1977)] was released. Many of the characters from the "Firefox" novel and its sequel "Firefox Down" return in the novels "Winter Hawk" (1987) and "A Different War" (1997). See more »


When Gant sets the co-ordinates for home, the display shows C - 70' 42 2, B - 80' 18 0. Firstly it should show 70° 42' 2" and 80° 18' 8" - the first figure in a co-ordinate is degrees, not minutes. A co-ordinate in minutes only makes no sense. We can assume that the C and B refer to North and East (Severo and Vostok in Russian, but Russian S looks like C, and Russian V looks like B). The co-ordinates 70° 42' 2" N and 80° 18' 8" E are in the permafrost forest about 80 miles from the Kara Sea, which about where Gant may well have been when he downed the enemy Firefox, in which case the error is that he claimed to have set the co-ordinates, whereas the display still shows where he is now. His nearest US destination would be Clear AFB in Alaska, at 64° 17' 27" N, 149° 10' 48" W, a distance of 2,817 miles, a tight but not impossible run skirting the geographic North Pole, given that it was stated in the film that the Firefox has a 3,000 mile range. A slightly shorter run would be to the NATO base at Thule, Greenland operated by the US 821st Air Base Group. At 76° 31' 52" N, 68° 42' 11" W, the distance is only 2,182 miles, although he remains in Russian airspace longer on this flightpath, and despite his speed, may be vulnerable to Russian ground-to-air defenses. See more »


[a pair of guards show Kontarsky a drawing of Gant in his disguise, and confirm Gant ordered an extra dog patrol]
Col. Kontarsky: [looking at the drawing] Wait - I have seen this man... and he confirmed those same orders to me!
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There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. This has since become a trademark of all Eastwood-directed films. See more »


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Beginning of anti-radar aircraft body.
22 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

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 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.

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