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Plot: 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. Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 18 Apr 1980
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 <more>
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.
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 <more>
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.
Roger Moore is Arrogant as Rufus and I love it! Great movie (by swaron)
I have seen this movie about 20 times in the past 10 years and love it everytime. Roger Moore did this movie in between "Moonraker" and "For you eyes Only" and it was a nice departure from the Bond character. Anthony Perkins is convincing as the hijack leader and also fittingly comical. James Mason is a bonus and charming as usual.The story centers around Rufus Excalibur Moore ; a heavy drinking, confident, cocky and intelligent specialist. He is like the equivalent of an ex-Navy seal of some sort. He leads a team that focuses on water dives, stealth and ship recovery <more>
tactics. Rufus is the best, of course, and expects a lot from his Men. He is never satisfied but that is some of the humor as well. Rufus also dislikes Women, is crazy for Cats and has a lot of money.Basically a hijack team overtakes a boat and its crew and holds 2 large oil rigs, Ruth and Jennifer, for ransom via bombs attached to them. Rufus is called in to lead the recovery and the story fluctuates between the hijackers and the crew and Rufus' life, preparation and style. The rest is primarily climactic and the adventure, action and humor all fall into place the last hour of the movie.If you are a Roger Moore fan, see this movie solely for that. You will be pleasantly surprised. Also, see it because it is still a solid movie after 22 years and I still am entertained after 20+ viewings.Unfortunately there is no DVD version, but it is for sale and possibly for rent. Give it a shot!10 of 10 mainly because of Roger Moore, but can still stand on its own.
Roger Moore sure shows his versatility as an actor in this film, He play a character though not very unlike his James Bond "persona" physically and intellectually , but quite different than his soave debonair character typical of the bond films.In Ffolkes he plays an eccentric former British Navy diver who is called upon to swart a terrorist attack on the North sea oil platforms. Anthony Perkins also gives an excellent performance as the head of a group of terrorist who forcibly takes control of a supply ship and threaten to blow up some oil platforms in the North Sea.Moore's <more>
character is what make the entire film worth watching. He's an eccentric tough guy, who loves cats and a good shot of whiskey, he's also highly opinionated. To the point that drives some to dislike him.Watch this film, It's non-stop action, and excellent dialoge.
One of Roger Moore's Best Action Packed Thrillers! (by zardoz-13)
The British-produced Andrew V. McLaglen actioneer "Ffolkes," based on Jack Davis' novel "Esther, Ruth and Jennifer," gives Roger Moore a refreshingly different, change-of-pace role. As Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes, Moore is both ill-tempered and egotistical. He despises women, adores cats, and prefers to drink his Scotch neat. If Ffolkes claims that he can do something, he will-by the Lord God Harrydo it! Everything about "Ffolkes" goes against the grain of the typical, well-mannered, saintly Moore image. First, the James Bond star sports a thick beard, knits <more>
when thinking, and refuse to be proved wrong. Evidently, Roger Moore had a grand time playing Ffolkes because this qualifies as his most robust, forceful portrayal in years. His face and his eyes are wildly expressive throughout all 99 minutes of this adrenalin-laced, nail-biting thriller.Davis scripted the action from his own adventure novel. Esther is the name of the transfer ship that supplies Ruth, the oil drilling rig, and Jennifer is the gargantuan production rig. Masquerading as journalists, the villainous Lou Kramer Anthony Perkins of "Psycho" and henchmen Harold Shulman Michael Parks , board Esther, brandish this hardware and hijack it. Kramer's second-in-command sets explosives throughout the ship and connects them to a detonator box that can signal the destruction of not only Esther but also the charges set on Ruth and Jennifer. As it turns out, Jennifer is the largest production rig on any sea, reputed to cost over $250 million dollars! Kramer warns British authorities, including a Thatcher-like Prime Minister Faith Brook , that they have 24 hours to pay a ransom of $25 million in five currencies. If the British Crown refuses to fork over, Kramer threatens to blast Esther, Ruth and Jennifer, along with himself and his henchmen, and more than 600 innocent people aboard the rigs and ship off the face of the earth. The entire North Sea will be polluted and the coasts ruined.Andrew V. McLaglen, who helmed "Ffolkes," is a seasoned professional at making adventure epics. He began his career as a television director, making episodes of "Rawhide" with Clint Eastwood. Afterward, he graduated to feature films and made a string of rough & tumble John Wayne westerns, starting with "McClintock!" Among the others were "The Undefeated," "Chism," and "Cahill, U.S. Marshal." Between the Wayne oaters and "Ffolkes," McLaglen helmed the gritty Charlton Heston & James Coburn western "The Last Hard Men as well as two other Roger Moore yarns "The Wild Geese" and "The Sea Wolves." Most of "Ffolkes" was lensed on location in the North Sea where the story takes place. McLaglen seems to improve with his material. His war movies were exciting, suspenseful, and clever. They move at an incredibly fast pace and are no-nonsensical. Of course, believability is optional in the Davies' script. McLaglen and Davis both know that superior thrillers follow a formula in which things go from bad to worse before the finale. And our stiff-upper lipped hero doesn't have an easy time thwarting the nefarious, loud-mouthed Kramer.As for Ffolkes' nemesis Kramer, Anthony Perkins shouts and waves his pistol with his sinister, steely-eyed glare that is enhanced by his lean, ascetic features and dark, close-cropped hair. He is a man not to be trifled with. Audacious greed motivates Kramer and his cohorts to hijack the ship and hold the rigs for ransom. Ingenious, conceited, and menacing as Kramer is, Perkins doesn't have as much to work with in his characterization as Moore.As the British Admiral forced to deal with Kramer and company, James Mason turns in a crusty performance. Mason's Admiral Sir Francis Brindsen is a stalwart, career naval officer whose contempt for Ffolkes and the man's unconventional methods is matched only by his deep, abiding mistrust of anything that is neither military nor naval. Michael Parks, late of TV's "Then Came Bronson," is Kramer's second-in-command. His characterization is confined to his thick-lensed spectacles, a pistol, and a tan trench coat.Ffolkes runs a small but efficient group of mercenaries that he trains ruthlessly to perform miracles under the worst conditions. He concocts a plan that hinges on split-second timing and calculated risks. The only quibbles that I had with this movie is that it's miniatures stand out more on the small screen than on the big-screen. Michael J. Lewis provides a stirring orchestral score that ramps up the suspense. Nevertheless, "Ffolkes" ranks as a first-class, crackerjack thriller.
In between his seven outings as 007, Roger Moore did several other films along similar lines. They ranged from The Wild Geese to the Second World War thriller The Sea Wolves to the comedy The Cannonball Run. Buried amongst those films, almost forgotten, is a little thriller known by one of three titles depending on where you are in the world. It might be called North Sea Hijack, ffolkes or apparently even Assault Force. Whatever you may call it, it's a interesting film for fans of the thriller genre.One of the film's greatest strengths is Roger Moore who actually gets to play against <more>
type here. Rufus Excalibur ffolkes couldn't be more different from Moore's typical characters such as James Bond: a bearded, moody, misogynist, cat loving, needlework hobbyist who is nevertheless a strategist and man of action. Moore seems much more at home with this character than he ever did playing Bond and as a result he's much more believable here. In fact, his performance here may frankly be better than any of his seven outings as 007.The film's cast is strong as well. There's Anthony Perkins as the terrorist leader Kramer, a role in which he is well cast and at times quite menacing. There's also a nice, if subdued, performance from James Mason as Royal Navy Admiral Admiral Sir Francis Brindsen. The cast includes good performances from character actors such as Michael Parks as one of the terrorists, David Hedison as King, George Baker as a Lloyd's of London representative and Faith Brook as the Prime Minister.The film also features some strong production values. The filming done on an actual ship helps to give an air of authenticity to the film and its events, the same can very much be said of both the model work which is excellent minus one or two brief shots and some good underwater photography as well. Director Andrew V. McLaglen, as was the case with his previous films The Wild Geese and The Sea Wolves both of which also featured Roger Moore incidentally , proved adept at this genre as the film flows nicely along from the initial hijacking to its conclusion with plenty of tension along the way. Of course the backbone of the entire film is the script which allows for McLaglen's direction to do that. Jack Davies script is nicely crafted and even has one or two surprises up its sleeves. Indeed, given the film's premise, I'm surprised it hasn't been given the typical remake treatment that has become so common place in recent years.ffolkes or whatever you may wish to call it is a good, old fashioned thriller. It features one of Roger Moore's better performances, a good cast, good production values, good direction and a good script. If you're a fan of the genre looking for a way to spend a hundred minutes, what more can you ask for?
Roger Moore plays Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes, a wealthy Scottish man, misogynist, and cat lover, who also leads an elite commando unit at the services of friendly governments who are in trouble. A big problem arises when three North sea oil rigs named Ruth, Esther, and Jennifer are hijacked by terrorists led by Anthony Perkins and Michael Parks who demand a king's fortune from the British government, or they will be destroyed. Ffolkes then puts his rescue plan in motion, which he is supremely confident will be a success.Delightful film has Roger Moore's best performance as a most <more>
atypical hero, but one who is to be admired. Well directed and written, with a fine supporting cast of actors including James Mason & George Baker that bring this exciting story to life. Thank goodness the film didn't violate the integrity of such an original character, and the ending is most satisfying.An unheralded Gem that should be better known.
ffolkes with a 'fuh,' please. He's a cat-loving misogynist who wastes no time dispatching bad guys, sometimes with a spear gun (by Terrell-4)
"You really don't like women, do you?" ffolkes is asked. Rufus Excalibur ffolkes Roger Moore is an eccentric, misanthropic ex-British Army officer who has his own team of highly trained underwater commandos, ffolkes' fusiliers. He specializes in hostage rescue and anti- terrorism action, all immaculately planned and decisively executed. The bearded, curmudgeonly ffolkes favors Edwardian suits, does petit point and loves Scotch and cats. He's on a North Sea oil platform where Lou Kramer, a clever criminal Anthony Perkins who has hijacked the supply boat Esther which <more>
is moored below, has demanded 25 million British pounds or he'll blow the rig sky high. ffolkes got there because the British government could think of no one else who had a chance of thwarting Kramer's plan. If Jennifer, the production platform, and Ruth, a nearby drilling platform, which Kramer has mined are destroyed, a good deal of British North Sea oil production will go up in smoke with them. The plot is ingenious. But then, so is ffolkes. And he's prepared to be just as ruthless as the criminals. folkes has one advantage. His plans never go wrong. Almost never. But back to ffolkes and women. "I do not!" ffolkes answers. "You see, I together with my five elder sisters was raised by my maiden aunt. Both my parents died tragically in childbirth. Until the age of ten I was forced to wear my sisters' hand-me-downs. Then when I married I discovered to my horror that my wife also had five sisters, all unmarried and all expecting my support. I find cats a far superior breed." This clever, exciting adventure did only modest business when it was released, and was quickly forgotten by most. Too bad, because it's a well-made film which generates tension, has an unusual setting in the cold, stormy waters of the North Sea, and has some fine actors. Among the standouts are Anthony Perkins as the vicious, confident, and, of course, unstable Lou Kramer; James Mason as Admiral Sir Francis Brindsen, a stock figure at first but who, thanks to Mason's skill, turns into a character of barely noticed wry humor; and Michael Parks as Kramer's key henchman, possible lover and explosives expert. Most of all, the movie depends on Roger Moore, and he delivers a dynamic and amusing performance of a man of action who'd be much happier in an earlier age. His complete self- confidence in his planning and his talents would be irritating if it weren't so well acted and expressed in lines so well written. "I suppose you're one of those fellows who does the Times' crossword puzzle in 10 minutes," says an irritated Admiral Brindsen after ffolkes offhandedly explained the meaning of a coded message the Admiral had just received from London. "I have never taken 10 minutes!" says ffolkes indignantly. Moore is perhaps underrated nowadays, but I think he was expert in light comedy and in amusing adventures. In my opinion, he is the second best by far of the James Bonds. I haven't seen Daniel Craig. Even aging a bit in the last couple, be brought style and insouciance to a franchise that was slowly going off the tracks. And yes, I'm a fan of A View to a Kill. Moore made this picture between Bond films and he plays against type. The movie ends, as it began, with ffolkes clearly happy with his favorite companions. We had earlier met Mary, his tortoiseshell tabby. We leave ffolkes with an award from the British government, delivered to him in Scotland by the Prime Minister herself...three white kittens named Esther, Ruth and Jennifer. For those unsure how to pronounce ffolkes, we may have to dig deep into Hitchcock. "I don't get the double 'F'," says American reporter Johnny Jones to Scott ffolliot, a man he's just met as they speed down a Dutch lane after an assassin. "They're at the beginning," says ffolliot. "Both small 'F's." "They can't be at the beginning," says Johnny. Says ffolliot, "One of my ancestors was beheaded by Henry VIII. His wife dropped the capital letter to commemorate it." "How do you say it, like a stutter?" asks Johnny. "Just a straight 'fuh'." Fuholkes is a well made, amusing adventure.