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Firefox [VHS]

Clint Eastwood , Freddie Jones , Clint Eastwood    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 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
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 14 Aug 2000
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIZB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,282 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Clint Does 80s 007 7 Aug 2014
By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
This films looks like it could be an early 80s James Bond movie for Roger Moore. It’s full of the classic espionage-thriller moments for the first 90 minutes; sneak into Russia in disguise avoiding the burly KGB agents on your trail. Rendezvous and befriend your native allies. Infiltrate the enemy base. Steal the top secret fighter jet that could change the world forever in the wrong hands. Escape alive. Take away the humour and charm, replace Roger Moore with Clint Eastwood and throw in a heavy dose of special effects and sci-fi narrative and you have ‘Firefox’.

It never really manages to hit the full heights of excitement you may expect from this, but that’s not necessary a bad thing, it’s just handled in that trademark Eastwood way of steadily developing the story and character relationships and neglecting any large action set pieces until the end. Eastwood doesn’t “do” action on the whole, so this leans more to a Cold War thriller rather than futuristic actioner.

The MiG itself, the “Firefox”, looks demonic and visually great and if you can accept the fantastical properties of mind-controlled weapons and Mach 6, it plays a crucial part in the closing half-hour as Eastwood sits firmly in the cockpit surrounded by flashy computer controls and L.E.D screens as he lets special effects take over for a ‘Star Wars’ meets ‘Top Gun’ blend of ariel dog-fighting action against the Russians. The effects are tolerable for that time, obviously dated now, but it’s not exactly edge-of-your-seat stuff.

Clichéd Russian villains are littered throughout with heavy accents and growling faces as they plot and gurn their nefarious plot to take over the world, and Clint plays the man with a haunted war past who can stop them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic Eastwood film
Published 6 days ago by Roy Bradburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good film even if it is getting a bit long in the tooth age wise, for its day excellent.
Published 21 days ago by Dark Storm
5.0 out of 5 stars ... was a gift and hubby loves it so all good.
This was a gift and hubby loves it so all good.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs C Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars speak russian
an ex us fighter pilot who speaks Russian,is recalled to steal Russia s new top secret fighter plane ,having flashbacks of a Chinese little girl going up in flames impedes him... Read more
Published 2 months ago by davidhattermann
4.0 out of 5 stars Another DVD for the Library
This film has been out for quite a number of years and when as usual with the fare dealt out by the TV companies you need something to entertain.
Published 2 months ago by Imagine Group
5.0 out of 5 stars great item
We love this film at times it appears a little slow but there are some marvelous aeroplane scenes in it. dog fight type of thing, great. would recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by frankie
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 4 months 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 12 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 15 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 19 months ago by miss susan rodger
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