North Sea Hijack (1979)

North Sea Hijack (1979) Movie

North Sea Hijack

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

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West Germany:100 USA:95 UK:100

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


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Cast of North Sea Hijack

  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. All Cast

Genres in North Sea Hijack

  1. Action
  2. Adventure
  3. Thriller

Plot of North Sea Hijack

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 Full Plot >>

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Certificate of North Sea Hijack

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)

Composers of music of North Sea Hijack

  1. Lewis, Michael J.

Cinematographers of North Sea Hijack

  1. Imi, Tony (director of photography)

Distributors of North Sea Hijack

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)

Editors of North Sea Hijack

  1. Strachan, Alan

Misc of North Sea Hijack

  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)

Quotes of North Sea Hijack

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 Full Quotes >>

Other Titles of North Sea Hijack

  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 of North Sea Hijack

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

Trivia of North Sea Hijack

- 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 Full Trivia >>