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ffolkes (1980)

North Sea Hijack (original title)
When terrorists take over two oil rigs, and threaten to blow them up if their demands are not met, an eccentric anti-terrorism expert volunteers his unique commando unit to stop them.

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Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Jack Davies, Jack Davies (from his own novel: "Esther Ruth & Jennifer")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... Ffolkes
James Mason ... Admiral Brinsden
Anthony Perkins ... Kramer
Michael Parks ... Shulman
David Hedison ... King
Jack Watson ... Olafsen
George Baker ... Fletcher
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ... Tipping
David Wood ... Herring
Faith Brook ... Prime Minister
Lea Brodie ... Sanna
Anthony Pullen Shaw Anthony Pullen Shaw ... Ackerman
Philip O'Brien ... Webb
John Westbrook John Westbrook ... Dawnay
Jennifer Hilary ... Sarah
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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>

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1980s | ship | terrorist | oil | oil rig | See All (122) »

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The movie that started it all [US video release] See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assault Force See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$805,511, 20 April 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,993,772, 31 December 1980
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a picture of German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt in the Prime Minister's office. See more »

Goofs

After ffolkes get's on board Sanna saves him and ffolkes gives her his gun and tells her to knock him out but in the next frame he has his gun back. See more »

Quotes

ffolkes: This is a copy of my Will, I need your signature to prove I'm of sound mind, I'm leaving everything to my cats. Well go on, sign it, man!
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version had the sight of one of the hijackers unbuttoning the blouse of a female captive removed for an 'A' rating (the same as today's 'PG' rating). All subsequent video and DVD releases have been uncut and rated '15'. See more »

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If it hadn't been for Bond, Moore would have done well to return as ffolkes
31 December 2000 | by johntwistSee all my reviews

The best thing about this film is Roger Moore's main character, the misogynistic cat lover Rufus Excalibur ffolkes. Despite a seemingly low budget and predictable 'action' sequences, it's worth seeing this film just to listen to the great lines Moore delivers. From beginning to end, ffolkes just rules. He has a huge chip on his shoulder, he has all the answers, and he drinks scotch "..........the way it should be drunk, neat." The story isn't too bad, a prelude to the big budget action films which followed it. Some bad guys hijack a multi-million dollar oil rig and proceed to hold the British government to ransom for it. Who you gonna call??? ffolkes, two small f's, Rufus Excalibur ffolkes, a british version of a Navy Seal, with an IQ seemingly two high to measure.

The exchanges between ffolkes and the supporting cast are priceless. There is also a veiled suggestion of homosexuality between the two boss hijackers whom ffolkes is called upon to dispatch, which makes you wonder if Anthony Perkins, who plays one of them, had anything to do with working that into the script. If you can find it, which isn't easy these days, it's worth a look.


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