Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony Perkins, Michael Parks, David Hedison
Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
AN ENGLISH ADMIRAL NEEDS AN ECCENTRIC LORD AND HIS FROGMEN TO SAVE OIL RIGS AND A SHIP FROM A MAD BOMBER.
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One of the best action adventures finally comes to DVD
Darren Harrison | Washington D.C. | 04/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw this movie on British television (under its overseas title of "North Sea Hijack") and it ranks for me personally as my favorite Roger Moore movie. When I learned it was finally going to make its way onto DVD I was ecstatic.
In this fun action-adventure Roger Moore leads a commando team that must come to the rescue of two oil rigs in the North Sea and a Norwegian cargo vessel that have been targeted with booby trapped bombs. Playing very much against type Moore's eccentric character "Ffolkes" doesn't like women and instead enjoys the company of cats.
The supporting cast of this movie is also extraordinary. James Mason plays a naval commander, David Hedison is the executive for the oil company and Anthony Perkins is the head of the terrorists. It is a tense, suspenseful adventure with the occassional light touch of humor and I highly recommend it."
A very underappreciated political-thriller
A. Sandoc | San Pablo, California United States | 08/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This 1980 Roger Moore film shows that he could act outside of his James Bond persona. His role as the as Ffolkes --- leader of a band of private anti-terrorist firm --- is as anti-Bond as anything he has ever done. Anthony Perkin's as the main villain is adequate and sometimes his Norman Bates persona seeps through the facade, but not enough to distract.
This film is all Roger Moore. His woman-bashing, cat-loving, cold-blooded, bearded anti-terrorist expert is one of the better characters I have seen on film. All the traits shown initially in Moore's character should make him unlikable, but in the end his character becomes the most intriguing and likable of the bunch. The scenes concerning the negotiations with the terrorists and the plan to retake the off-shore refineries is handle ably and there's not too much unnecessary plot threads to clutter the story. A very good film and very underappreciated as the years go by"
Cheaper video equals cheaper quality
A. Sandoc | 07/06/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Always a favorite, albiet obscure, film for action lovers, Ffolkes delivers great action with the wit and charm of Roger Moore. Anthony Perkins is spectacular as a psychopath (no suprise here). Rated simply on the merits of content, Ffolkes is a five star film all the way! However, if you're wondering about the massive price differential between the two offered versions of the film, here is some insight. I purchased the less expensive version and recieved what amounted to a terrible quality pirated video. I expect you could get the same quality by setting up the camcorder in front of your TV."
It's about time!
Christopher J. Brimelow | Sunnyvale, CA | 06/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ffolkes is one of my all-time favorite movies. A while back, I purchased the VHS version and it looked like it was an old bootleg! The picture and audio quality was the worst I had ever seen on an official release! Needless to say, I was very happy to hear that it was going to be released on DVD, and I can imagine that the picture and audio quality will be up to DVD standard. As far as the film goes, it has a great cast and a great mix of drama, action, and humor! In a role which is very different from his James Bond persona, Moore pulls off the grumpy, cat-loving action hero perfectly! Also watch for outstanding performances from the late Anthony Perkins and James Mason. The story revolves around a group terrorists (headed by Anthony Perkins) who hijack a boat in the North sea, and threaten to blow up a couple of oil rigs if the British government do not meet their demands. Ffolkes (played by Roger Moore) is brought in to thwart the hijackers' plans. The story is a unique twist on the terrorist/hostage theme which has become so commonplace in recent years, and being made in 1980, this movie can only be viewed as a true original which should not be missed!"