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'''''North Sea Hijack''''' is a British action thriller film released in 1979, starring Creator/RogerMoore, James Mason and [[Film/{{Psycho}} Anthony Perkins]]. It is based on the novel ''Esther, Ruth and Jennifer'' by Jack Davies. The film has been re-issued under several other titles: ''North Sea Hijack'' was the original British title, but the film was issued internationally as '''''Ffolkes''''' and later shown on TV as '''''Assault Force'''''.

Rufus Excalibur ffolkes (yes, [[AllLowercaseLetters with two lower case f's]]; it's still pronounced "folks") is an eccentric veteran of the Royal Navy turned freelance counter-terrorism consultant who specializes in diving missions. When terrorists seize two oil platforms and a cargo in the North Sea, ffolkes is recruited to come up with an anti-terrorist assault plan. The terrorist group is led by a man calling himself Lou Kramer, who demands a ransom in exchange for not blowing up the platforms within 24 hours. The rest of the film follows ffolkes's plan coming into fruition bit by bit.

!!Tropes in the movie:

* TheAlcoholic: ffolkes always has a bottle of scotch at hand and says it should only ever be drank "neat".
* AllLowercaseLetters: ffolkes.
* {{Asexuality}}: ffolkes.
* AttemptedRape: One of Kramer's men attempts to rape Sanna, but is interrupted by Captain Olafsen.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Rufus Excalibur ffolkes''
* AxCrazy: Kramer. He seems to spend most of his time insulting people, killing them, or screaming.
* BadassBeard: ffolkes.
* BadassCrew: ffolkes' men.
* CharacterTitle: The film was released as ''ffolkes'' outside the UK.
* CuteKitten: The UK government knows that medals don't impress ffolkes, so they award him with three kittens instead. They have the desired impression.
* DeathByChildbirth: Both ffolkes's parents died upon his birth. It is not elaborated further as to just how his father managed to die at the same time.
* DieHardOnAnX: Seemingly a precursor to the genre, with terrorists hijacking an oil platform, beating ''Franchise/DieHard'' by nearly a decade. While all the parts are in place for a ''Die Hard'' clone, it's actually a subversion, since the film is quite slow-paced and focuses more on the protagonists' carefully-planned tactics rather than action.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: A bagpiper is present when ffolkes is awarded for his deeds in the end.
* FreudianExcuse: The reason why ffolkes dislikes women so much because he was forced to wear girls clothes until he was ten. Among other things. (Ironically, [[spoiler: he later mistakes a female crew member, dressed in manly closes, for a boy]].)
* GenreSavvy: When Herring volunteers to poison the terrorists, the crew of Esther, after giving some thought, realize that he must be working for them.
** Kramer is DangerouslyGenreSavvy.
* HarpoonGun: ffolkes and his men are armed with them in the climax.
* HeManWomanHater: ffolkes. After he heard that the gentleman club he is part started taking female members, he resigned from it immediatly.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: During the final assault, while the rest of his team wear black diving outfits - the better to not be seen at night, ffolkes for some reason chooses to dawn a bright ''red'' suit instead, making him stand out like a sore thumb to any mook with functional eyes (of course, most of the mooks in this film lack this, apparently).
** He was not originally part of the underwater assault team, so when plan A failed, he had to get a wetsuit from the oil platform stock. Vermillion was the only color avaialble.
** Possibly lampshaded when [[spoiler: one of ffolkes' own men mistakes him for an enemy]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Even though ffolkes dislikes women, he still has some more polite moments towards them.
* KindheartedCatLover: ffolkes loves cats.
* NameAndName: The original novel ''Esther, Ruth and Jennifer''. It refers to the names of the supply ship, oil rig and the oil platform.
* NerdGlasses: Worn by Harold, the terrorists' bomb expert.
* NoNameGiven: We never learn Lou Kramer's real name, as he operates under a name that he randomly chose from a phonebook.
* {{Norway}}: The film is explicitly set near Stavanger.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The Prime Minister is a woman. Not surprising, given [[MargaretThatcher who was Prime Minister]] at the time.
* PistolPose: Used on one of the posters.
* PreppyName: Rufus Excalibur ffolkes, not to mention [[AwesomeMcCoolname badass]].
* RealMenWearPink: ffolkes does does needlepoint embroidery to pass away time. It has kittens on it, unsurprisingly.
** Nearly invoked via the red scuba suit ffolkes dons for the final assault.
* RetiredBadass: ffolkes.
* RuthlessModernPirates: Lou Kramer and his gang who commandeer the oil platform are essentially pirates, and very ruthless.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: The crew of Esther attempts to poison the terrorists with tampered food.
* ThanksForTheMammary: ffolkes mistakes Sanna for a boy when they initially meet. He later realizes that Sanna really is a woman when he grabs her chest while he is making her warm.
* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: Herring is killed after he decides to not to go with Kramer's plan.
* VillainousBreakdown: Kramer degenerates from a collected (if rude and obnoxious) criminal mastermind to a shrieking maniac as the film progresses. Of course, that was part of ffolkes' strategy all along.
* WesternTerrorists: The bad guys. Their leader Kramer doesn't like to be called such, as he claims to do it for money rather than any religious ideology.
* WindowPain: Lou and Harold are shot with harpoons through windows.
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