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

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A special commando unit is formed to take down terrorists who threaten to explode two oil rigs if their demands are not met.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jack Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 12, 2003
Runtime:
Cinema Seven Productions Ltd

Cast

Roger Moore
as Rufus Excalibur ffol...
James Mason
as Admiral Sir Francis ...
Anthony Perkins
as Lou Kramer
Michael Parks
as Harold Shulman
Jack Watson
as Olafsen
George Baker
as Fletcher
Jeremy Clyde
as Tipping
David Wood
as Herring
Faith Brook
as Prime Minister
Anthony Shaw
as Ackerman
John Lee
as Phillips
Brook Williams
as Helicopter Pilot
Sean Arnold
as Schmidt
Eric Mason
as Stallemo
Thane Bettany
as Heyerdahl
George Leach
as Magnussen
Richard Graydon
as Rasmussen
Angela Thorne
as Woman on Train
Martin Matthews
as Man on Train
Jonathan Nutt
as Sir Edward Kirk
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Critic Reviews for North Sea Hijack (ffolkes) (Assault Force)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

ffolkes is an admirably crisp, incisive counter-terrorist thriller, the most proficient and entertaining movie of its kind since Richard Lester's Juggernaut.

Full Review… | December 18, 2015
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Such eccentric coating on basically humdrum material is symptomatic of the film as a whole.

Full Review… | August 2, 2015
Monthly Film Bulletin

A mediocre modern high seas pirate tale.

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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

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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.

ajv2688
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.

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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.

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RJ MacReady

Super Reviewer

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