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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.[[note]]TruthInTelevision; dive suits for rescue operations or maintenance work are ''supposed'' to be highly visible for safety reasons.[[/note]]
** 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. They're also the names of the kittens ffolkes is rewarded with at the end.
* 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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