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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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One of advertising posters for the film somewhat resembled Diamonds Are Forever (1971), a James Bond film made about eight years previously. Both posters feature an oil rig, an explosion and the hero character enlarged, standing tall over a dwarfed oil rig with bikini-clad women grasping him. This film's poster shows four women wearing bikinis grasping at star Roger Moore. He is also holding a champagne glass, typical of Bondian martini drinking. These two elements were not indicative of Moore's character in the movie, as ffolkes drinks whiskey and is a misogynist. Moore is also seen wearing a Naval Commander uniform in the poster, something that James Bond is occasionally seen wearing in Bond movies, up to that time in You Only Live Twice (1967) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). See more »

Goofs

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: [to one of his frogmen] Do that again, Harris, and I'll have your balls for breakfast!
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Completely Entertaining
13 April 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is the archetype for the Die Hard franchise and their ilk, only the Roger Moore character of ffolkes is about twice as interesting as Bruce Willis ever was. The situations, the way they deal with the terrorists are all completely real (barring a few questionable things - would it really take so long to get together $25 million?).

Anthony Perkins, James Mason, and Roger Moore all turn in outstanding performances. There is a female lead as one of the captives who, though not dressed sexy, is somehow incredibly hot. Moore is particularly entertaining as a curmudgeon of a man who openly dislikes women, loves cats, Scottish booze, and needlepoint. The movie builds steadily, keeping tension throughout while retaining a strong sense of humor.


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