PG | | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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
When the novel was written and the film was in principal photography, Yuri Andropov was head of the KGB. Andropov then became CPSU General Secretary succeeding Leonid Brezhnev. As shooting had started, it was too late to re-cast the part of KGB Chairman Andropov. When the ... ...
But sir, we'll need to know only one thing from you. What do you wish done when the plane is sighted?
First Secretary: Obliterate it! Completely!
The entire performance of the "thought guided" missile system that was highly touted was never realized as the breakthrough it was, albeit it totally unrealistic. His contact inside the U.S.S.R. even said, "now, you don't even have to push a button...", yet in the first battle scene inside the Firefox, Gant is manually arming the weapons systems, with the gun firing (red) button, no less. Additionally, we are told at the beginning that the "sensors inside the helmet" automatically seek out and detect threats according to the pilot's thoughts, yet in the final scenes, it is a long, drawn-out dogfight. If what was true about the thought-guided threat attack system, the second prototype that was attacking Gant would have never survived after the first missile attack. Instead, Gant is taking evasive action for minute after minute, needlessly flying through mountains, doing barrel rolls and all kinds of acrobatic maneuvers. Yet, he did not think to launch the "rearward" missile until after he recovered from his flat spin by lowering the landing gear?
There are no opening credits after the title has been shown. This has since become a trademark of all Eastwood-directed films.
$8,152,948 (USA) (20 June 1982)
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