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Firefox [1982] [DVD]

Clint Eastwood , Freddie Jones , Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Freddie Jones, David Huffman, Warren Clarke, Ronald Lacey
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Writers: Alex Lasker, Craig Thomas, Wendell Wellman
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Fritz Manes, Paul Hitchcock
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L3SE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,894 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Clint Eastwood directs, produces and stars in this adaption of the Craig Thomas espionage novel. Eastwood is an ex-airforce pilot who is coerced out of retirement to infiltrate the Russian Air Force and steal a prototype jet - the Firefox - which is invisible to radar, capable of speeds of Mach 5 and has a thought controlled weapons system.

Synopsis

An ex flyer who is a distress victim from his Vietnam experience, is ordered back into military duty to head a secret mission. His assignment is to sneak into Russia and steal a Soviet warplane which is far more advanced than any other air machine currently being used under the NATO alliance.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Damn - they've edited the original! 3 Oct 2003
Format:DVD
Firefox has always been one of my favourite films, and while it's a bit cheesy and jingoistic 20 years on, it is entertaining - especially seeing fine British actors like Nigel Hawthorne (rest his soul!) and Kenneth Colley making a pig's ear of their Russian accents...
However, in this DVD version they've edited out a lot of the best bits - including a lot of the interplay between the politicians and General Vladimirov at Bilyarsk when they are trying to plot the retrieval and destruction of the MiG-31.
I was really disappointed by this, and haven't watched the film again since - though it's comforting to know it's on the shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why no DVD? 18 Aug 2002
Format:VHS Tape
After recently buying the VHS version of the movie, I knew I was buying a good movie, but I had forgotten how brilliant it was.
Although it is predictable to a certain degree, the way the plot and action unfolds keeps you thoroughly entertained. Clint Eastwood does well in a role that is out of character for him - someone who has to follow orders to the T. The only downside to the movie is the dated special effects. But the music which is used when we first see the 'Firefox' makes up for it by giving the plane a menacing character.
A final word to Warner Bros - judging by the quality - or lack of it - released on DVD from the same period, I cannot see why you guys have not launched a DVD. We are missing it out here.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I remember renting this one out from the video shop a heck of a lot in the mid 80s and always loved it. Clint Eastwood is one of those actors who is watchable in just about everything he does and here he plays a war-haunted US pilot sent to steal the Russian super-jet called the FIREFOX. I always liked the way this one started off slowly building up the tension in the airport scenes (where he has his papers checked continually and ends up slugging it out with a KGB agent in the gents) right the way through to the last 1/3 of the film where he flies the FIREFOX home evading Russian missiles, helicopters and a prototype version of the plane that pursues him over the ice-flows. The DVD is a disappointment though in that several scenes are cut out including some at the beginning that sees Eastwood's character train in flight simulators and ponder his chances of success with a fellow officer. Great movie, DVD could have been better
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cold War cliches on the wing 24 April 2012
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm not sure whether Firefox is really a guilty pleasure or simply a film I remember as being one. It's certainly overlong and overfamiliar despite its neat Maguffin - Clint Eastwood's flashback-plagued Vietnam vet fighter ace has to steal a state-of-the-art warplane with a thought-controlled weapons system (as long as you remember to think in Russian) from the heart of the Evil Empire - but it has a sort of undemanding Cold War charm that the constant stream of clichés only reinforces. Even the old school model effects in the final chase-and-dogfight section are more fun in their way than modern CGI effects, especially when the Firefox is leaving a wall of water in its wake as it races across the sea or causing fallen snow to fill the air as it passes over the mountains, so it's a shame that much of the last third is played in darkened control rooms rather than the skies.

The Russians, naturally, are mostly played by British actors, albeit in this case actors best known for their sitcoms, which adds a different dimension to their scenes as comically humourless KGB types or lemming-like dissidents only too happy to die for the cause, or incorrigible hams like Freddie Jones who simply look like they SHOULD be in a sitcom. There's even an almost admirable perversity into giving most of the explanatory dialogue in the last half-hour to Klaus Löwitsch, an actor with a shaky grasp of spoken English who sounds like a bumblebee caught in a vacuum cleaner pipe. Not good by any means, but strangely watchable, and Maurice Jarre contributes an enjoyable score from the days before he disappeared entirely into atonal electronics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
I enjoyed the film immensely and I can still remember the clip where the firefox takes off from the Iceland base which is hidden in the North Pole. I enjoy Clint Eastwood at the best of times and I think his style in this film was magnificent. The memory lives on and I think any cult movie lovers out there should pick up this film as soon as possible. I think it compares with Nikita in terms of the rush of excitement as the suspense builds, as the viewer you become aware of the great deal of suspense involved in the film, the plot is intricate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiffy chase scene 25 Aug 2005
By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Back in the days when the Ruskies were known as the USSR, they invented a supersonic attack plane MiG-31 (Firefox) with the ability to respond to thought. They had it and wee wanted it. So we decided to sneak in and take it. The only problem was that to operate it you had to have Ruskie thoughts as it could tell the difference.
Out only hope was retired pilot Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood) but still a tuffy. His mission is to sneak into the USSR and pilfer the plane. Little did we know there is a second plane and a tuffy Ruskie pilot, so the chase is on. To add to the tension Mitchell was a Vietnam prisoner and suffers under stress.
Will he succeed or be shot out of the sky?
The story was probably inspired but the Soviet defection to Japan in the 70's when we pulled their advanced MiG apart to fined that while we moved on to electronic controls that they were still using wire and hydraulics. How ever when we realized it was immured to Electro-magnetic-pulse we had to take a sober look.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
Superb product, brilliant picture quality, Excellent sound quality, very speedy delivery. Would highly recommend this product to anyone who likes this film.
Published 17 days ago by Chris Willoughby
5.0 out of 5 stars A real classic
A great movie about a special cold war plot line, everything is well work out and Clint Eastwood did a great job with directing it.
Published 7 months ago by Jonny Bens
5.0 out of 5 stars very good film, the ratings are so wrong
Thanks for supplying this dvd, I am always enjoying this bond type film. The dvd arived in good condition. THANKS
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Michael Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars clint
loved this film when it came out in the movies yrs ago and still great to this day good goin clint
Published 15 months ago by miss susan rodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Firefox
An excerllent film oof a good story, well acted and presented. Highly recommended. It is a pity there is no DVD of its
sequel avvasilable
Published 15 months ago by eric kelk
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
I really enjoyed this film. Good Clint Eastwood thriller. I can watch this again and again. Great special effects and action
Published 16 months ago by sally o'hare
5.0 out of 5 stars firefox
Firefox was a brilliant film i first watched it from a rental video shop and then i bought it on video but the video tape worn out so that is when i bought it on DVD and the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by marcus
4.0 out of 5 stars A watchable Cold War yarn
Based on a novel by Welsh schoolteacher, Craig Thomas, and including a lot of British actors, 'Firefox' was released at the height of the Cold War in 1982 and stereotypes its point... Read more
Published 23 months ago by LXIX
5.0 out of 5 stars CLINT EASTWOOD
[...] SAW THE FILM ON TV THE OTHER NIGHT LOVED IT SO MUCH I WENT OUT AND BROUGHT IT BUT UNLIKE THE FILMS I AM A PLANE FREEK AS WELL ALL TYPES OF PANES THEY ALL EXCITE ME
Published on 17 April 2012 by VINNY
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's see what this baby can do.........
One of the best cold war thillers to come out of the early 80's.
I loved the way the 'Monster reveal' is like Jaws in that you dont see the Firefox till half way through the... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2012 by T. Rowe
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