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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 ... 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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When the next 12 hours could cost you 1,000 million pounds and 600 lives you need a man who lives second by second. [UK Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

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

Sir Roger Moore felt he was miscast in this film. See more »

Goofs

Folkes tells the admiral that he (ffolkes) will be expecting Kramer to be watching the admiral retrieve his cigarettes during his diversion and he (ffolkes) will kill Kramer TEN SECONDS LATER, that would be far too long one second would be about right. 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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Enjoyable example of its kind.
16 September 2003 | by KEVMCSee all my reviews

A gang of criminals hijack a Norwegian supply vessel for two North Sea oil rigs. After attaching limpet mines to both rigs, they demand a huge ransom from the British Government. The insurers - Lloyds of London - call in the eccentric Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes and his highly trained team to bring an end to the situation.

First off, this is not a great film and makes no pretension to be one. It is however quite enjoyable on its level, which is that of a fairly straightforward and formulaic thriller with some dashes of humour. Roger Moore gives a pleasing performance as the woman hating, arrogant and irascible Ffolkes, who is the complete antithesis of his version of Bond. Much of the gentle humour of the film arises from his constant put downs to all around him. Anthony Perkins is the head of the gang, and plays him with typical cold blooded menace. Also James Mason turns in a nice portrayal of an exasperated Admiral.

Director Andrew V.McLaglen keeps things moving along, and the setting is at least a bit different from the usual scenarios. The finale does seem something of a let down after the build up, but it doesn't ruin the film.

I hadn't seen this for a few years, so I enjoyed watching it again last week when it got a screening on TV. I recorded it and watched it a couple of days later while laid low with the 'flu. Its tongue in cheek nature cheered me up, and surely that's the whole point of these types of films.


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