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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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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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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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For Director Andrew V. McLaglen the Galway film location was a very important one, as he had spent time there over twenty-five years earlier, when this was also the location for the classic The Quiet Man (1952), in which his father Victor McLaglen had a leading role. See more »

Goofs

Ffolkes uses military time couple of times, which is expected. But when on the rig and getting ready to go the ship, he has everyone sync their watches to 1114 rather than military time of 2314. 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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Grand Guilty Pleasure
5 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Roger Moore plays the head of a private security force specializing in matters at sea named ffolkes. He is a gruff women hating perfectionist who prefers cats to people. When Anthony Perkins leads a team of hijackers in taking two oil rigs the British government is forced to call in ffolkes.

Call me crazy, but I love this film. Its always been one of my guilty pleasures and its often a film I'll watch on a rainy do nothing sort of Sunday. Moore is allowed to actually act, granted with tongue firmly in cheek, and show that he could do more than just be James Bond. As the villain Anthony Perkins is wonderfully loopy as a man who thinks that he's gotten all of the bases covered. The plot and the action is of a solid B-movie style and it doesn't try to be anything more than be a 100 minute popcorn movie. Best of all is the humor which is knowing and right on target, as when ffolkes becomes flustered when trying to warm up what he thinks is a young man .

If you want a good film to fill an afternoon or evening, try this film. I doubt you'll be as crazy about it as I am, but I do think you'll enjoy it.


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