Picks and Pans Review: ffolkes

UPDATED 05/26/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/26/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

ffunnily enough, the most intriguing thing about this ffilm is its title. Once that's explained—it's the surname of the hero, rendered, as per an Olde English practice, with a capital "F" as "ff"—there isn't a lot to keep people amused. Oh, Roger Moore gets his jollies playing ffolkes who, according to the ads, "loved cats, ignored women and is about to save the world." There's a bit of hyperbole in that claim; all he really saves are a couple of North Sea drilling platforms and the £25 million that hijacker Anthony Perkins demands for ransom from the British government. Perkins' quirky performance gets a little tiresome, but James Mason maintains a properly stiff upper lip as a crusty admiral. Director Andrew (The Wild Geese) McLaglen handles the action sequences adequately yet fails to stir much electricity. The verdict: what else but ffair? (PG)

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