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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ffolkes
... Admiral Brinsden
... Kramer
... Shulman
... King
... Olafsen
... Fletcher
Jeremy Clyde ... Tipping
... Herring
... Prime Minister
... Sanna
Anthony Pullen Shaw ... Ackerman
... Webb
John Westbrook ... Dawnay
... Sarah
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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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18 April 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Assault Force  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$805,511, 20 April 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,993,772, 31 December 1980
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Trivia

The "Scottish" castle seen in the movie was not in Scotland. It was Dunguaire Castle, which is near the village of Kinvara, County Galway, Ireland. See more »

Goofs

Ffolkes appears as a real perfectionist, but after overwhelming Kramer he doesn't make sure that he is really dead and can't push the button any more. See more »

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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...
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Very good seventies thriller!
4 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Just like "Moonraker" (1979), James Bond actor Roger Moore seemed to watch out for a new role opposite to his cool gentlemen-like 007 fame. So it's no wonder, that his role as Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes is miles away from 007, but it's still Moore. After a bunch of high-tech terrorists has taken over three oil rigs and threaten to blow them up if the British government won't pay a few million pounds, it is Moore's turn to save the western world. Leading a squad of professional anti-terrorist submarine fighters, they are planning to storm the rigs, running out of time and fighting against thunderstorms and the cleverness of the gangsters.

The cast is superb, with Anthony Perkins as gang leader, playing some kind of crossover between Norman Bates and the Bond villains. Supporting roles are played by James Mason and David Hedison, who played Bond's American CIA sidekick Felix Leiter two times. The plot is influenced by the rise of modern terrorism and the energy crisis in the seventies, but also by the Bond films and the fashionable disaster movies of its time.

The best about the film is Roger Moore's Ffolks - a cat-loving, alcohol-drinking, women-hating, bearded Englishmen without a sense of humor and gentleness. The pacing is alright, and the story keeps the film thrilling until is too-fast ending. And while James Bond is rewarded with the most beautiful girl after having saved the world, Ffolkes receives a completely different gift at the end of the film... All in all, "North Sea Hijack" is the perfect action thriller for a stormy and rainy autumn evening in front of your TV set.


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