North Sea Hijack (1979) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.2/ 10 (2181 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
Cinema Seven Productions Ltd. - (as Cinema Seven Productions Ltd., A Company in the Winkast Group)
Universal Pictures [us]

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(UK) - 1979
(Sweden) - 30 March 1980
(USA) - 18 April 1980
(Austria) - May 1980
(Colombia) - 1 May 1980

Running Time

When the next 12 hours could cost you 1,000 million pounds and 600 lives you need a man who lives second by second. [UK Theatrical] 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] Roger Moore is "ffolkes" the man who loved cats, ignored women and is about to save the world.

ailurophilia, androgyny, anti-feminism, based-on-novel, cat-lover, closeted-homosexual, commando, effeminacy, extortion, hijack, homosexual-subtext, hostage, north-sea, ocean, oil, oil-platform, oil-rig, pants-pulled-down, terrorism, terrorist, white-panties,

Technical Support
CAM:Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision - (as Lenses & Panaflex Camera by PANAVISION®)
LAB:Technicolor - (processed by) (as Technicolor Ltd.®)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.85 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Abney, William as [Gail] <34>
  2. Andrews, Barry (I) as (uncredited) [Truck driver]
  3. Arnold, Sean (I) as [Schmidt] <23>
  4. Ashford, David as (uncredited) [Cab Driver]
  5. Baker, George (I) as [Fletcher] <7>
  6. Bentinck, Tim as [Harris] <18>
  7. Bettany, Thane as [Heyerdahl] <25>
  8. Campbell, Lindsay (I) as [Shaw] <31>
  9. Clyde, Jeremy as [Tipping] <8>
  10. Graydon, Richard as [Rasmussen] <27>
  11. Hedison, David as [King] <5>
  12. Kilroy, Mathias as [Olsen] <28>
  13. Kimura, Sabu as (as Saburo Kimura) [Saburo Yakamoto] <19>
  14. Kusuhara, Eiji as [Eiji Tanaka] <20>
  15. Landbury, David as [Eriksen] <21>
  16. Lee, John (I) as [Capt. Harry Phillips] <16>
  17. Leech, George (I) as [Magnussen] <26>
  18. Llewellyn, Alastair as [Haakon] <22>
  19. Mason, Eric (II) as [Stallemo] <24>
  20. Mason, James (I) as [Admiral Sir Francis Brindsen] <2>
  21. Matthews, Martin (I) as [Man on Train] <30>
  22. Moore, Roger (I) as [Rufus Excalibur ffolkes] <1>
  23. Newth, Jonathan (I) as (as Jonathan Nuth) [Sir Edward Kirk] <32>
  24. O Brien, Philip as [Art Webb] <13>
  25. Parks, Michael (I) as [Harold Shulman] <4>
  26. Perkins, Anthony (I) as [Lou Kramer] <3>
  27. Powell, Dinny as (uncredited) [Member of ffolkes assault team]
  28. Powell, Greg (I) as (uncredited) [Member of ffolkes assault team]
  29. Shaw, Anthony Pullen as [Robert F. Ackerman] <12>
  30. Swann, Robert (I) as (as Robert Swan) [Miller] <33>
  31. Watson, Jack (I) as [Capt. Olafsen] <6>
  32. Westbrook, John (I) as [Dawnay] <14>
  33. Williams, Brook (I) as [Helicopter Pilot] <17>
  34. Wood, David (I) as [Terry Herring] <9>
  35. Brodie, Lea as [Sanna] <11>
  36. Brook, Faith as [Prime Minister] <10>
  37. Hilary, Jennifer as [Sarah] <15>
  38. Thorne, Angela as [Woman on Train] <29>


  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Thriller

Full Plot

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. Teresa E Tutt Plot not found

Total Business


Movie Certificate

16 (Iceland)
15 (South Korea)
12 (West Germany)
K-16 (Finland)
15 (Norway)(re-rating)
16 (Norway)(original rating)
15 (UK)(video rating) (1987)
A (UK)(original rating) (passed with cuts)
PG (Australia)

Music Composers

  1. Lewis, Michael J.


  1. Imi, Tony (director of photography)


American Broadcasting Company (ABC) [us] - (1983) (USA) (TV) (broadcast premiere)
CIC Vídeo [br] - (Brazil) (VHS)
Cinema International Corp. [gb] - (1980) (UK) (theatrical)
Cinema International Corporation (CIC) [fr] - (1980) (France) (theatrical)
Esselte CIC Video [nl] - (198?) (Netherlands) (VHS)
Home Video Hellas (HVH) [gr] - (1985) (Greece) (VHS)
MCA/Universal Home Video [us] - (2001) (USA) (VHS)
Universal Home Entertainment [us] - (2001) (USA) (VHS)
Universal Home Video [br] - (Brazil) (DVD)
Universal Pictures [gb] - (2004) (UK) (DVD)
Universal Pictures [us] - (1980) (USA) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Strachan, Alan


  1. Allen, Angela (I) (continuity)
  2. Allen, Barbara (III) (production assistant)
  3. Bernard, Sydney (production personnel)
  4. Craven, Jenny (I) (publicist)
  5. Downes, John (I) (location manager)
  6. McLaglen, Mary (production personnel)
  7. Privett, Sylvia (assistant: Denis Holt)
  8. Romilly, Sara (personal assistant: Elliott Kastner)
  9. Spinola, Marina (production personnel)
  10. Spriggs, Doris (assistant: Roger Moore) (uncredited)


Admiral Brindsen: I suppose you're one of those fellows who does the Times crossword puzzle in ten minutes. ffolkes: I have *never* taken ten minutes. Lou Kramer: I don't like you, Flag, ffolkes: How fortunate. Lou Kramer: My instinct tells me you're bad news. Did you search him, Webb? Art Webb: I could tell you the size of his underwear. Lou Kramer: You'd better take that pussycat grin off your face or this guy's liable to carve it off. Lord Privy Seal Dennis Tipping: You really don't like women much, do you? ffolkes: I do not. You see, I, together with my five elder sisters, was raised by a maiden aunt. Both my parents died tragically in childbirth. Until the age of ten, I was forced to wear my sister's hand-me-downs. Then when I married, I discovered to my horror that my wife also had five sisters, all unmarried, and all expecting my support. I find cats a far superior breed. Just on the off chance, I have made a will. I've left everything to my cats. I want it testified that I am sound of body and mind. Well go on! ffolkes: A wet suit in vermilion. Just what one needs at night. ffolkes: Jennifer? ffolkes here. You can tell the Lord Privy Seal the operation had been completed. As planned, naturally. [dying words] Lou Kramer: I still... don't like your face. Admiral Brindsen: Cigarette, Kramer? ffolkes: [to one of his frogmen] Do that again, Harris, and I'll have your balls for breakfast! ffolkes: There are over 600 people relying on us to save their lives... [Turns and berates one of his men] And you sir, you whacked that ladder as though it's a dinner gong! Do it again and I'll have your balls for breakfast! ffolkes: Timing underwater. Speed Underwater. That is what half our assignments are about. Harris! Are you listening to me? Harris: Yes sir. ffolkes: Then bloody well well look at me! Yesterday, ONE man completed the exercise precisely on time. ME! [Produces a hand grenade from his bag] Today, you will ALL complete the exercise precisely on time... Fletcher: Work out what can be done if one of them is hijacked. ffolkes: Don't the armed forces have some ideas in that department? Fletcher: Undoubtedly. But an oil production platform isn't a building or an aeroplane. It's miles out to sea and you can't approach it without being seen or heard unless you come from below. ffolkes: Only a man of superior intellect is likely to think of a satisfactory way of hijacking a platform or a rig. Fletcher: Exactly. ffolkes: Therefore, I must put myself in his position and devide a means of doing so. And having done that, I simply work out how to overpower myself! Harold Shulman: [Looking at the oil rig Jennifer] That's an incredible piece of work, Lou. Lou Kramer: Well, she's the biggest ever built and the most expensive. Two hundred millions dollars, and six hundred and fifteen personnel, producing three hundred thousands barrels of oil a day. That's a lot of hair cream, isn't it Skipper? Lou Kramer: I am the temporary captain of this tub and you're going to be taking your orders from me for the time being. And the quicker you get that straight, the shorter that time is gonna be, so let's just play patty-cake together and get this over with. Remember, luck favours the man with the most limpet mines and I've got a bundle of them. Two stuck to the underside of the drilling rig Ruth, and four planted right under your ass on Jennifer. Captain Phillips: I was telling the Admiral your men are so well drilled they'll be able to find their way around Esther with their eyes shut. ffolkes: If any one of my men moves round anything with his eyes shut I shall personally gouge them out! It's time for a drink. Admiral Brindsen: Bit early isn't it? ffolkes: It's four hours since breakfast. That's late! ffolkes: We drink Scotch here the way it should be drunk - neat! ffolkes: I didn't know they had women on these things. Sarah: Yes, things are getting better in that way. ffolkes: A gigantic step backwards! [Sanna just knocked out a bad guy who was going to shoot ffolkes] ffolkes: Thanks, boy. Sanna: Girl. ffolkes: You look like a boy. You act like a boy. Sanna: Okay! I'm a boy. ffolkes: [ffolkes only has a ten pound to note to pay his cab fare] I'll toss you for it. [Tosses coin] Heads or tails? Cab Driver: [Wearily, expecting to be conned] Heads. ffolkes: Heads it is. Must be your lucky day. [Hands ten pounds to driver] ffolkes: Where's Harris? Team Member: Someone threw him over the side! [ffolkes has been presented with a trio of white kittens] British Prime Minister: Ruth, Esther and Jennifer, with the grateful thanks of the nation! Harris: How are we doing, sir? ffolkes: Like plowmen at a bloody knitting convention. Harris: We're improving, then.

Other Titles

  1. Assault Force (1983) (ENG)
    (USA) (TV title)

  2. Attacco: piattaforma Jennifer (1980) (ENG)

  3. Esther, Ruth and Jennifer (1979) (ENG)
    (UK) (working title)

  4. Ffolkes (1980) (ENG)

  5. Sprengkommando Atlantik (1980) (ENG)

  6. Sprengkommando Atlantik (1980) (ENG)
    (West Germany)

  7. ffolkes (1979) (ENG)
    (UK) (complete title)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
  2. Galway Docks, Galway City, County Galway, Ireland
  3. Kinvara, County Galway, Ireland


- ffolkes is a subtle play on "007" - if you mirror the FFO, you get 077 as the European crossed 7, and the FF0 substitutes for the 007. This film was an opportunity for a comedic turn for 'Roger Moore (I)' (qv).

- Rufus Excalibur ffolkes has a black cat named Enoch. This is an obvious dig at the famous British anti-immigration politician - 'Enoch Powell' (qv).

- Famous for playing James Bond, this 'Roger Moore (I)' (qv) non-Bond action-thriller was released between his Bond movies _Moonraker (1979)_ (qv) and _For Your Eyes Only (1981)_ (qv).

- The North Sea is a central setting to this movie and it also acted as a filming location for the opening scenes of _For Your Eyes Only (1981)_ (qv) which was one of 'Roger Moore (I)' (qv)'s next movies after this.

- This movie marked the second teaming of director 'Andrew V. McLaglen' (qv) with star 'Roger Moore (I)' (qv) who had worked together on _The Wild Geese (1978)_ (qv). They would work together again on _The Sea Wolves (1980)_ (qv), their third and final movie together. Of these three films, _North Sea Hijack (1979)_ (qv) is the only one which was not a war movie.

- This picture's original title was the oddly spelled