Firefox (1982) – Grand Theft Plane: Clint Eastwood Steals a Soviet Plane

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The “Grand Theft Plane: Clint Eastwood Steals a Soviet Plane” is a 1983 film that was released in the United States on November 27. The film is about an American pilot, who steals a Soviet fighter plane and tries to escape from Russia with it.

Clint Eastwood’s “Firefox” is a competent, thrilling spy thriller that mixes sci-fi with traditional Cold War espionage. A top-secret Russian fighter jet with the name Firefox can travel at speeds of six times the speed of sound while staying radar-invisible. Should he choose to take it, Eastwood’s “Operation Impossible” mission would include infiltrating the Soviet Union while posing as a Las Vegas drug dealer, stealing the Firefox, and flying it west.

 

 

This espionage thriller, which was made in the early 1980s during the conclusion of the classic Cold War period, starred the iconic western and action movie hero Clint Eastwood at the time.

 

 

Firefox wasn’t a browser back then…

 

The origin story of Firefox is really rather straightforward: Mitchell Gant, a former pilot and CIA operative, is requested to enter the Soviet Union under a fictitious name in order to capture a Russian fighter jet dubbed Firefox, which is unrelated to the at-the-time nonexistent browser, of course. To further complicate things, Eastwood is a Vietnam War veteran who sometimes has hallucinations in which he is still engaged in battle and is seeing the murder of a little girl. The movie refers to this as what was then called PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). However, the CIA agent who recruits him says that the government isn’t very concerned since the illness only manifests itself after warfare, not during it. Naturally, Gant feels uneasy about the task and grudgingly accepts it despite this.

 

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Eastwood with glasses and a mustache

 

In any event, Eastwood prepares for the task, poses as someone else by donning some dumb spectacles and a comical moustache, and gets through Moscow customs without incident to enter Russia. Then he connects with a group of spies and double agents, who direct him to a Jewish dissident who is still working on Firefox since he is such a brilliant scientist. The defector wants to work on it for what reason? as he is aware of Eastwood’s method for stealing the computer.

Even if the shooting and fighting action does not compare to the James Bond movies (even those from the 1980s), the realism more than makes up for it. Of course, the complexities are only getting started, and by the traditional spy thriller standards, Gant quickly discovers that his life is in grave danger as the Moscow KBG begins looking for him. After his western roles in the Dirty Harry movies, Eastwood shows that he still has some fight left in him during the brutal combat scenes.

 

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Best aerial action scenes

 

Of course, the actual aircraft is none other than the “McGuffin.” Remember, Alfred Hitchcock referred to the narrative point that everyone finds crucial as “the McGuffin.” In this instance, it’s the Firefox, a long, svelte, terrifying-appearing vehicle that resembles a hybrid of a guided missile and a DeLorean. It’s the prettiest scene in a movie without a romance plotline, and Eastwood and the camera adoringly circle it. However, the movie abruptly goes into fifth gear towards the halfway of the movie when Eastwood climbs into the cockpit of the Firefox (I think that’s not too much of a spoiler).

Eastwood’s effort to fly this jet north to the Arctic Circle, refuel it there, and then fly it home serves as the movie’s conclusion. The trip is chopped up by comical sequences of the Russian High Command members quarrelling and squabbling as they gaze at a lit map, which gives them an unsettling glow and makes them seem like the villains from a 1960s comic book.

 

 

 

magnificent aerial scenes

 

Will Eastwood survive unharmed? Will he bring the aircraft along? I don’t want to reveal the narrative in any manner. However, I would agree that the almost hour (!) of thrilling flight and escape after high-altitude aerial conflict between two distinct Firefoxes is the film’s high point. It seems as if Dirty Harry has passed on and gone to Atari heaven from the way Eastwood is seated in the cockpit of the Firefox, surrounded by video screens and computer displays depicting flight patterns and missile trajectories.

The special effects, which are excellent for the 1980s, deserve particular note. Even to modern eyes, the aircraft were amazingly precise, and the aerial battle choreography made sense. A thrilling pursuit scenario that honors Star Wars is included. Do you recall the Star Wars scene when two spacecraft followed one another through the massive city walls in outer space? Even though we know it’s illogical, Eastwood and his Russian pursuer manage to fly into a crevice between two ice boulders. In fact, the same could be said about the whole movie.

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Clint Eastwood’s “Firefox” is a competent, thrilling spy thriller that mixes sci-fi with traditional Cold War espionage. A top-secret Russian fighter jet with the name Firefox can travel at speeds of six times the speed of sound while staying radar-invisible. Should he choose to take it, Eastwood’s “Operation Impossible” mission would include infiltrating the Soviet Union while posing as a Las Vegas drug dealer, stealing the Firefox, and flying it west. This espionage movie, which was released in the early 1980s towards the close of the iconic Cold War period, featured an ailing but renowned western performer of the time.

Grand Theft Plane: Clint Eastwood Steals a Soviet Plane in Firefox (1982)

Grand Theft Plane: Clint Eastwood Steals a Soviet Plane in Firefox (1982)

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The special effects, which are excellent for the 1980s, deserve particular note. Even to modern eyes, the aircraft were amazingly precise, and the aerial battle choreography made sense. A thrilling pursuit scenario that honors Star Wars is included. Do you recall the Star Wars scene when two spacecraft followed one another through the massive city walls in outer space? Even though we know it’s illogical, Eastwood and his Russian pursuer manage to fly into a crevice between two ice boulders. In fact, the same could be said about the whole movie.

8.2 for direction
7.8 for actors
Story – 7.2
Visuals/Action – 9.2
Environment: 8.2

8.1

EXCELLENT

The special effects, which are excellent for the 1980s, deserve particular note. Even to modern eyes, the aircraft were amazingly precise, and the aerial battle choreography made sense. A thrilling pursuit scenario that honors Star Wars is included. Do you recall the Star Wars scene when two spacecraft followed one another through the massive city walls in outer space? Even though we know it’s illogical, Eastwood and his Russian pursuer manage to fly into a crevice between two ice boulders. In fact, the same could be said about the whole movie.

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