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

 -  Action | Adventure | Thriller  -  1979 (UK)
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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.

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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>

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Roger Moore is "ffolkes" the man who loved cats, ignored women and is about to save the world. See more »


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Roger Moore's misogynistic ffolkes character was criticized by some reviewers as being sexist. While that may be true, his previous character of James Bond was just as sexist, although in a somewhat different way, and was also criticized by some reviewers and womens groups as being sexist. See more »

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When ffolkes arrives at the railway station, it cuts to a British Rail high density suburban-type Diesel Multiple Unit arriving at the station. It then cuts back to ffolkes walking towards the train, and the train is now a cross-country type train with side corridor and compartments. See more »

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ffolkes: Where's Harris?
Team Member: Someone threw him over the side!
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Entertaining hijack thriller. One of Roger Moore's most interesting films.
26 December 2002 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

North Sea Hijack is a fast paced, frequently entertaining thriller about the ingenious hijacking of a major North Sea oil rig. It features a totally off-the-wall performance by Roger Moore as an anti-terrorist expert who has some bizarre habits indeed, such as sewing, raising cats, and drinking whisky at 10a.m. Other memorable characterisations are conveyed by Anthony Perkins (the principal baddie), James Mason (a stiff upper lipped admiral), David Hedison (a stressed out oil rig official) and Faith Brooks (a strong willed lady prime minister).

The core of the action occurs at sea, with Perkins and his menacing bunch hijacking a supply ship and planting mines beneath the oil rig. Moore is brought in to thwart them, and plays a tense psychological games with his adversaries, constantly provoking them and second guessing their actions whilst trying to ascertain the most effective way to attack them aboard their vessel. There are some well delineated scenes, such as an exciting sequence in which a couple of ships crew try to poison their captors but are found out and killed. Another invigorating sequence features Moore having to sneak up on the terrorists whilst clad in a glowing red wet suit (it was the only wet suit available to him on the oil rig).

Moore's character is wonderful. He has an uncharacteristic beard and follows a series of bizarre daily routines to the letter. His savage side, especially towards women (whom he seems to hate more than terrorists) provides some amusement.

This is an under rated gem. It is the kind of film you discover by accident (it doesn't have a particularly high reputation), but by God it really moves and is enormous fun whilst on.


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