North Sea Hijack (ffolkes) (Assault Force) (1980)


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In this farcical adventure, Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes (Roger Moorel) is a slightly strange frogman with the special skills that the British government needs to stop terrorists from destroying two large North Sea oil-drilling platforms. The film as also known as Assault Force (on television) and North Sea Hijack.

Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 12, 2003



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as Shulman

as Robert King

as Captain Olafsen

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as Tipping

as Herring

as Prime Minister

as Phillips

as Helicopter Pilot

as Schmidt

as Stallemo

as Heyerdahl

as Magnussen

as Rasmussen

as Woman on Train

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as Sir Edward Kirk

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Critic Reviews for North Sea Hijack (ffolkes) (Assault Force)

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Full Review… | April 4, 2011
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A mediocre modern high seas pirate tale.

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

FFOLKES appears in the middle of Moore's run of Bond films, and you have to wonder how strongly he was attracted to the part just to escape that image

Full Review… | June 28, 2003

July 26, 2005

Audience Reviews for North Sea Hijack (ffolkes) (Assault Force)


The popular title for this movie is Ffolkes, which confused me for years about what kind of movie it might be, but it's a thriller in which Roger Moore plays "Ffolkes" a guy who trains himself and his friends to be able to take down enemies and/or fight for good causes. Perkins plays the leader of a group of terrorists who want to blow up oil rigs in the sea. Both of them give good performances even if the story isn't that great. Overall, it's pretty good, and I kinda enjoyed it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Of course, no movie with Roger Moore is a classic, but this tongue-in-cheek spy thriller with the actor playing against his James Bond stereotype provides some good, campy entertainment.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Roger Moore was without a doubt the prissiest actor to ever play James Bond. Here he plays Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes, eccentric leader of an elit anti-terrorist group. A man that hates women, and enjoying doing needlepoint tapestries of cats. His team is called in to service when a group of terrorists holds a trio of offshore oil rigs for ransom against the British government. The group is led by Norman Bates himself, Anthony Perkins. So Ffolkes and his team are called in to thwart the terrorist plot before they can send all three rigs to the bottom of the ocean. This movie is a real guilty pleasure, but it's also extremely well made. The visual effect for its time are outstanding, in its rendering of the giant offshore oil rigs. The acting is uniformally sound, even with Moore being his quirky, and somewhat girly self. More of a tension drama than an action movie, the film does follow a somewhat formulatic plot that would be repeated ad nauseum in the wake of Die Hard. The lone man against the terrorists, that kind of thing. Roger Moore is not a tough guy, and in all honesty, he never tries to make Ffolkes a tough guy. But he's smarter than everybody else in the room, and he takes great pride in showing that he knows that. A very heavily slanted British movie, some of the things are lost on a Yank. Like the terrorists demands for "One thousand million dollars." Um...wouldn't that be one BILLION dollars? Oh well. It's a very entertaining action thriller starring one of the most famous wimps in action movie history. But that's the great thing about the 80's...anybody could save the world.

RJ MacReady

Super Reviewer

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