MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 80 this week

Ffolkes (1979)
"North Sea Hijack" (original title)

 -  Action | Adventure | Thriller  -  1979 (UK)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 2,868 users  
Reviews: 42 user | 21 critic

When terrorists take over two oil rigs and threaten to explode them if their demands are not met, a unique commando unit is sent in to stop them.

Director:

Writers:

, (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 26 Nov 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 05 Jan 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 15 Sep 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 25 Oct 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Ffolkes" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ffolkes (1979)

Ffolkes (1979) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ffolkes.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

During World War II, the prisoners of a German camp on a Greek island are trying to escape. They don't want only their freedom, but they also seek for an ineffable treasure hidden in a ... See full summary »

Director: George P. Cosmatos
Stars: Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven
Gold (1974)
Action | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Rod Slater is the newly appointed general manager of the Sonderditch gold mine, but he stumbles across an ingenious plot to flood the mine, by drilling into an underground lake, so the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter R. Hunt
Stars: Roger Moore, Susannah York, Ray Milland
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During World War One a British aristocrat, an American entrepreneur and the latter's attractive young daughter, set out to destroy a German battle-cruiser which is awaiting repairs in an inlet just off Zanzibar.

Director: Peter R. Hunt
Stars: Lee Marvin, Roger Moore, Barbara Parkins
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A British multinational seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris
Certificate: GP Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Harold Pelham encounters a duplicate of himself in the aftermath of a car crash. After that moment his life is upset.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Roger Moore, Hildegard Neil, Alastair Mackenzie
Crossplot (1969)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A successful London ad-exec hires a beautiful Hungarian girl to pose for some modeling shots, little realising that she has overheard an assassination plot and is now being hunted by some ... See full summary »

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Roger Moore, Martha Hyer, Alexis Kanner
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Chicago psychiatrist Judd Stevens (Roger Moore) is suspected of murdering one of his patients when the man turns up stabbed to death in the middle of the city. After repeated attempts to ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Roger Moore, Rod Steiger, Elliott Gould
Street People (1976)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A Mafia boss is enraged when he is suspected of smuggling a heroin shipment into San Francisco. He dispatches his nephew, a hotshot Anglo-Sicilian lawyer, to identify the real culprit. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Maurizio Lucidi, Guglielmo Garroni
Stars: Roger Moore, Stacy Keach, Ivo Garrani
Action | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A tycoon's children and creditors compete for his money in an athletic contest.

Director: Willy Bogner
Stars: Roger Moore, Shari Belafonte, Simon Shepherd
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Three generations of women (Talia Shire, Nina Siemaszko, and Colleen Dewhurst) run a failing bed and breakfast in this gentle romantic comedy. Everything changes when a charming mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Ellis Miller
Stars: Roger Moore, Talia Shire, Colleen Dewhurst
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A European arms dealer (Roger Moore) meets a liberated woman journalist (Susannah York), who is writing a story about the ridiculous things men do with the armaments during a NATO war games... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Miles
Stars: Roger Moore, Susannah York, Shelley Winters
Bacharach 74 (TV Movie 1974)
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Stars: Burt Bacharach, Sandy Duncan, Harlem Globetrotters
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Admiral Brinsden
...
...
Shulman
...
King
Jack Watson ...
Olafsen
...
Fletcher
Jeremy Clyde ...
Tipping
David Wood ...
Herring
Faith Brook ...
Prime Minister
Lea Brodie ...
Sanna
Anthony Pullen Shaw ...
Ackerman
...
Webb
John Westbrook ...
Dawnay
...
Sarah
Edit

Storyline

A terrorist (Anthony Perkins) holds an offshore drilling rig and production platform for ransom in the North Sea. Ffolkes (Roger Moore) a wealthy mysogynistic eccentric, volunteers to send his crack team of soldiers in to stop the terrorists. With few other options available, the British Government reluctantly accepts his help. Written by Teresa E Tutt <tuttt@rpi.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When the next 12 hours could cost you 1,000 million pounds and 600 lives you need a man who lives second by second. [UK Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1979 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Assault Force  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The book this film was based on was called "Esther, Ruth and Jennifer", which referred to a supply ship, drilling rig and oil platform that were threatened with destruction by the villains. See more »

Goofs

Ffolkes uses military time couple of times, which is expected. But when on the rig and getting ready to go the ship, he has everyone sync their watches to 1114 rather than military time of 2314. See more »

Quotes

ffolkes: Timing underwater. Speed Underwater. That is what half our assignments are about. Harris! Are you listening to me?
Harris: Yes sir.
ffolkes: Then bloody well well look at me! Yesterday, ONE man completed the exercise precisely on time. ME!
[Produces a hand grenade from his bag]
ffolkes: Today, you will ALL complete the exercise precisely on time...
See more »

Connections

Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of Roger Moore's best movies
22 May 2003 | by (Washington DC, USA) – See all my reviews

Actor Roger Moore is best known for his work as Agent 007 in the James Bond movies but during his stint as James Bond he made a number of other movies of variable quality. One of the best was this 1979 adventure (it was released in 1980 in the US under the title "Ffolkes") in which Moore stars as an eccentric British adventurer with a disdain for women and a fondness for cats. Moore leads a small underwater commando group that does the occasional favor for Lloyds of London. The British government has a problem. Two oil rigs in the North Sea and a Norwegian Cargo Freighter are being held to ransom. A terrorist group has overrun the freighter and has both it and the two rigs fitted with booby trapped bombs. The economic, environmental and human cost if the British refuse the ransom could be astronomical. Unwilling to negotiate with hostages the government decides to contact Lloyds with a view to using their private specialized methods for dealing with problems. This is where Moore's character Ffolkes comes in. With a truly exceptional cast including James Mason, Anthony Perkins and David Hedison "North Sea Hijack" (aka "Ffolkes") is an enjoyable romp that is high on action and good humor. I highly recommend this movie.


17 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
one of his better 'non Bond' roles..? bladewrecker
What happened to Esther, Ruth + Jennifer??? mdangelo-1
i wish there'd been a series of ffolkes films like the bonds!! teejay6682
ffolkes' parents imckinney
Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes, Former SBS? wtr1982
Alternate Ending or Similar Movie? march18
Discuss Ffolkes (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?