Ffolkes

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Roger Moore took a brief vacation from playing James Bond in this witty adventure drama. Rufus Excalibur ffolkes Moore, who for some reason prefers not to capitalize his last name, is a scuba-diving adventurer for hire with a sharp mind, a quick wit, a fondness for cats, and a certain distrust of women. When terrorist Lou Kramer Anthony Perkins takes over an oil drilling platform in the North Sea and threatens to blow it sky high if his demands are not met, ffolkes is called in by Admiral Brinsden James Mason to ...
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Roger Moore took a brief vacation from playing James Bond in this witty adventure drama. Rufus Excalibur ffolkes Moore, who for some reason prefers not to capitalize his last name, is a scuba-diving adventurer for hire with a sharp mind, a quick wit, a fondness for cats, and a certain distrust of women. When terrorist Lou Kramer Anthony Perkins takes over an oil drilling platform in the North Sea and threatens to blow it sky high if his demands are not met, ffolkes is called in by Admiral Brinsden James Mason to foil Kramer's scheme before it's too late. ffolkes, also released as North Sea Hijack and Assault Force, was based on the novel Esther, Ruth, and Jennifer by Jack Davies, who also penned the screenplay "Esther, Ruth, and Jennifer," incidentally, are the code names for the ship, drilling rig, and platform seized by Kramer in the film.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The oddly-named Ffolkes is a bit odd itself, if ultimately rather engaging. This is, at heart, one of your standard issue "bad guy has a bad plan that has to be foiled by whatever means necessary" films, which means it should ultimately be all about all-out action. While there is action in Ffolkes, it's not so much of the over-the-top kind as is normally associated with the genre. Director Andrew V. McLaglen keeps things more on the human level than has come to be associated with this kind of film, and while that will disappoint those who want one explosion after another, with each much, much bigger than the last, it does allow him to concentrate a bit more on the story and the characters. And if neither the story nor the characters are as bracing and original as to quite deserve such treatment, they still benefit from this approach. Just the fact that frogmen are the heroes is a nice touch, and the characters have little quirks that add a little dimension to them. The title character might have even more to him were he played by an actor of more range than Roger Moore. Moore is perfectly fine in the part, and he does all that is expected of him; but he doesn't run with any of the opportunities given him. James Mason, as usual, makes his role seem more interesting than it is, and Anthony Perkins operates in his patented psychotic manner to good effect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 096898018333
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roger Moore Rufus Excalibur ffolkes
James Mason Adm. Brinsden
Anthony Perkins Lou Kramer
Michael Parks Shulman
David Hedison King
Jack Watson Olafsen
George Baker Fletcher
Jeremy Clyde Tipping
David Wood Herring
Faith Brook British Prime Minister
Lea Brodie Sanna
Anthony Pullen Shaw Ackerman
Philip O'Brien Webb
John Westbrook Dawnay
Jennifer Hilary Sarah
John Lee Phillips
Brook Williams Helicopter Pilot
Tim Bentinck Harris
Saburo Kimura Saburo
Eiji Kusuhara Eiji
David Lansbury
Alastair Llewellyn
Sean Arnold
Eric Mason
Thane Bettany
George Leach
Richard Graydon
William Abney
Lindsay Campbell
Robert Swan
Angela Thorne
Martin Matthews
Technical Credits
Andrew V. McLaglen Director
Maurice Carter Production Designer
Brian Cook Asst. Director
Bert Davey Art Director
Jack Davies Screenwriter
Tony Imi Cinematographer
Elliott Kastner Producer
Michael J. Lewis Score Composer
John Richardson Special Effects
Alan Strachan Editor
Simon Wakefield Set Decoration/Design
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Why was this movie not more popular?

    This movie has aged quite well, in spite of a mono soundtrack and rather ordinary cinematography. The characters are well-developed and the plot is both believable and unpredictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At last! I can throw away my Beta copy

    Vastly underrated comedy/suspense film with great, tongue-in-cheek performance by Moore and a fine turn as the baddie by Perkins. Suspenseful climax (with a great touch of humor at just the right moment). Moore is just wonderful and seems to be having a ball playing against type. It is a pity the film did poorly upon release, because this would have made a great series. I didn't like him as Bond. This character is all his.

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