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ffolkes (1980)

North Sea Hijack (original title)
When terrorists take over two oil rigs and threaten to explode them if their demands are not met, an eccentric anti-terrorism expert volunteers his unique commando unit 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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Terrorists of the High Seas . . . With a push of a button they threaten to blow up the biggest oil rig in the world. Only one man can stop them. [USA DVD] 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 »

Goofs

The "poison" used to incapacitate the hijackers is colchicine. That is a treatment for gout, not especially dangerous. (And why would the boat have poison in the infirmary anyway?) See more »

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ffolkes: I like cats, and I don't like people who don't.
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Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »

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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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