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      ffolkes

      PG 1980 1h 39m Action List
      43% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 47% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings An English admiral (James Mason) needs an eccentric lord (Roger Moore) and his frogmen to save oil rigs and a ship from a mad bomber (Anthony Perkins). Read More Read Less

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      Gary Arnold Washington Post ffolkes is an admirably crisp, incisive counter-terrorist thriller, the most proficient and entertaining movie of its kind since Richard Lester's Juggernaut. Dec 18, 2015 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Moore is amusing in a change-of-pace role. Rated: 3/4 Oct 13, 2019 Full Review Gilbert Adair Monthly Film Bulletin Such eccentric coating on basically humdrum material is symptomatic of the film as a whole. Aug 2, 2015 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 26, 2005 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan A mediocre modern high seas pirate tale. Rated: 2/5 Oct 15, 2004 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 2/5 Dec 5, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      SICKS6SIX S THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THIS ANYMORE. PROBABLY BECAUSE EVERYONE IS DEAD NOW WHO IS IN IT. THE SAINT. PSYCHOPATH BATES. CAST OF STARS. NOT A HITCHOCK THRILLER BY ANY MEANS BUT WORTH WATCHING. MOORES SCREEN PRESENCE IS TOP NOTCH AS IT PSYCHOPATH BATES. IT'S ALL VERY PREDICTABLE BUT WELL MADE AND PRE CGI SO THE OIL RIGS AND SUPPLY VESSELS ARE REAL. I VOTE IT IT A HEALTHY 75%. IT IS BETTER THAT JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING MADE IN THE LAST 25 TEARS. THE YEARS THAT WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS HOLLYWOOD'S WORST YEARS. RELIANT ON CGI. PRETTY ACTORS WHO CAN'T ACT AND GIRLS WHO CAN'T COOK. IF CHARLED LAUGHTON WAS 21 TODAY HE WOULDN'T GET A JOB IN THE BOX OFFICE LET ALONE PLAY LEAD IN FEATURE FILM. AND IF SHAUN PENN HAD BEEN 21 IN THE 1930s HE WOULD BE SELLING TICKETS IN THE BOX OFFICE. MOAN. GRUMP. GRIPE. TIMES HAVE CHANGED AND NOT FOR THE BETTER EITHER.. IMO.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/17/23 Full Review Robert A Sheer entertainment, with bonus points just because it has Roger Moore. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/05/20 Full Review Audience Member One of the Finest movies ever made a superb and wonderous movie romp! Miss this one and miss out M Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review regan s Hilarious movie. Love the quote "both my parents died in childbirth". "I like cats. I don't like people who don't." Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Better than you might expect. Roger Moore is not bad and Anthony Perkins makes a scary villain. There are some elements of camp but some genuine suspense. A slick adventure reminiscent as someone else remarked, "Juggernaut". Worth a try! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member So this is one of those movies that has numerous alternative titles for no real apparent reason. The official British title, in my opinion, is easily the best and rather self explanatory. The title of 'ffolkes' is actually the name of the protagonist played by Roger Moore. ffolkes is an old English name/title that belongs to the Baronetage of Great Britain and yes it is spelt with a lowercase 'f'. Naturally the Americans needed a more action packed title to sell it, ugh! The plot: Its really quite simple. Ex-military officer Rufus Excalibur ffolkes is employed to create a contingency plan should any British oil rigs come under threat. Low and behold, months later, a team of crack terrorists take control of an oil rig in the North Sea. They demand a 25 million ransom or they will destroy the rig. Of course this is just what ffolkes was counting on, because he created that contingency plan remember. So its up to him to use said contingency plan and save the day. So firstly, yes that is the characters real name. Rufus Excalibur ffolkes, just in case you didn't quite get the fact that this chap is full on British. We're talking full on [i]Rule, Britannia![/i] Union Jack waving, tea sipping British. And who better to play this type of character than Roger 'Bond Templar' Moore. The amusing thing is Moore took this gig on with the intention of getting away from being typecast as Bond-esque characters. Yet what we have here is merely Bond all over again, but grumpy. In fact the character of ffolkes is more in line with Daniel Craig's Bond if anything. He's rude, arrogant, merciless, and a misogynist (unapologetically so). Oh and he's also a big cat lover. They basically try to make him out to be the typical bachelor, as far from Moore's playboy image as possible. Alas that fails because it still screams of Bond. Backing up ffolkes during this dangerous escapade is Admiral Brinsden played by James Mason. Not really sure why they allow an aging officer to go along with ffolkes plan to take down the terrorists. I think the bad guys wanted leverage against the British government, a juicy hostage. But anyway, if you wanted more evidence of how British this movie was, you don't get much more British than good old James Mason. Stiff upper lip and all that old chap. The evil terrorist villains are led by Anthony Perkins (Lou Kramer) who looks and acts exactly the same as he always does, and Michael Parks (Shulman) as the sidekick with small thick Lennon specs. The character of Kramer is your bog standard baddie really. He's very aggressive, shouts a lot, twitchy, trigger-happy, clearly loses the plot when things get a bit awkward etc...Where as his sidekick Shulman is the typically quiet, calmer madman who looks a bit odd down to his thick specs. The movie clearly plays it straight and the results are amusing to say the least. We find ffolkes training his men, his elite special unit, on what looks to be a very large climbing frame. It literally looks like he's pinched a builders scaffolding set up, because its literally scaffolding. His men are climbing all over it trying to reach the top within a certain time limit...or something. It doesn't look like a specialised elite fighting unit that's for sure, especially with ffolkes dressed like a character from the [i]Harry Potter[/i] universe, or [i]Where's Wally[/i]. What really made me laugh is how the British government chose ffolkes and his team. They watch a crappy VHS video recording of his team taking out local Judo club members who were hired to guard his scaffolding (seriously). The movie does feature solid production values I can't deny. Shot on-board real ships and using real dockyards (in Ireland I believe), all of which adds to the authenticity. There are some good underwater sequences, good sets, and reasonable model shots. Its also looks suitable chilly at all times which again adds to the whole look and feel. Overall it definitely looks like the action is happening out in the North Sea and it definitely looks uncomfortable and moist. As you might expect the action is somewhat lacking in thrills. There isn't really any fisticuffs to speak of, hardly any gun porn, no breathtaking stunts etc...Its all pretty low-key really, dare I say very gentlemanly in execution, to tie in with the main protagonist perhaps. The most brutal things you'll see are a few hits with a harpoon gun. Overall this is definitely a middle of the road affair that you'd typically see on TV during a lazy Bank Holiday afternoon (probably on ITV). Yes it is indeed almost a precursor to the legendary 1988 action epic 'Die Hard', the similarities are evident. In fact its very much in line with the many 'Die Hard' clones that came later, 'Under Siege' for example. One of the best things about this movie is obviously Roger Moore and his quirks. But its the misogyny from his character that actually makes this more enjoyable honesty. Knowing how controversial it would be now, the sheer outrage that would follow (across [i]Twitter[/i]). It does show how more accepting we were back in the day frankly, that you could actually do this without worrying about outrage. Knowing it was just for the movie, just a bit of dark humour for a dark horse of a character. It shows how much we have regressed as a society in my view. I love how the finale kinda expresses this point. After the mission is complete ffolkes is congratulated by the Prime Minster and top ranking officials. But he doesn't receive medals or money or whatever (stuff and nonsense my dear boy). Instead he is awarded with three fluffy kittens, because he's a cat loving bachelor that hates women, remember. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis An English admiral (James Mason) needs an eccentric lord (Roger Moore) and his frogmen to save oil rigs and a ship from a mad bomber (Anthony Perkins).
      Director
      Andrew V. McLaglen
      Producer
      Elliott Kastner
      Production Co
      Universal Pictures
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Action
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Aug 12, 2003
      Runtime
      1h 39m