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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.

Director:

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) »

Taglines:

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 »


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

Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes has a black cat named Enoch. This is a dig at the famous British anti-immigration politician, Enoch Powell. See more »

Goofs

When ffolkes is explaining his background, he says; "Both my parents died tragically in childbirth." His mother perhaps, but whose father has ever died in childbirth? This ironic statement is explained in the novel Esther Ruth and Jennifer by Jack Davies, in Chapter 1. His father, Augustus ffolkes, had succumbed to a heart attack after witnessing his premature birth, thus making him the only child to have had a father die in child birth. See more »

Quotes

[dying words]
Lou Kramer: I still... don't like your face.
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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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Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »

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The Original Die Hard
19 October 1998 | by Axel-9See all my reviews

This little seen film is the original version, and earliest example, of what is now commonly see as the modern actioner. Long before Bruce Willis saved Nakatomi Plaza, Roger Moore was involved in this rescue of a 2billion pounds worth British Oil rig in the North Sea. The story is thus, Anthony Perkins and his crew of villains hi-jack a supply ship heading for Ruth and Jennifer, two British oil rigs. When docking with them, they are rigged with explosives, and are to be detonated if a hefty ransom is not met. Cue eccentric English naval expert Moore, and his daring plan to save the day. Not as explosive as its predecessors, but as interesting.


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