John Preston is a British agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the 'special relationship' between the two countries.

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KGB agent Major Valeri Petrofsky has been reassigned at the request of the KGB Chairman for a secret mission wherein he is sent to England to establish a residence near an American military base and receive various items from couriers from the USSR. John Preston is the top British spy catcher, currently at odds with his superior because he doesn't lick his boots. After he conducts an operation without his superior's permission caused his superior some embarrassment, he is reassigned to the menial task of overseeing airports and ports. One day one the couriers Petrofsky was expecting comes off a freighter has an accident which leaves him dead. Preston is informed by the pathologist that the man is not a seaman so Preston goes through his things and finds that he was carrying something which he is told is an atomic bomb component. Preston now suspects that someone is bringing in parts for an atomic bomb, his superior doesn't want to let Preston be proven right so he doesn't authorize ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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On August 28, the Fourth Protocol will be broken in a deadly game of seduction, conspiracy, sabotage...and beyond. The countdown to terror has begun. See more »

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The movie featured Matryoshka dolls which are also known as Russian nesting dolls or Russian nested dolls. These had become popularized and well-known from appearing in the opening title sequence of the earlier television spy series production of 'John Le Carre''s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979). See more »

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In the NCO club, a US Air Force Chief Master Sargent is standing behind Ross with his hat on. When indoors and in uniform military members are required to remove their hats (except for armed guards and other special conditions). In most on-base clubs, this breach of protocol would require the offender to buy a round for the house. See more »

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Wynne-Evans: It's polonium.
John Preston: What's polonium?
Wynne-Evans: Well, when combined with lithium, the two together form an "initiator." That's... a detonator for a bomb.
John Preston: A bomb?
Wynne-Evans: An atomic bomb.
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Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
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Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
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Better than I expected
21 February 2003 | by (Holland) – See all my reviews

The Fourth Protocol is a smart spy action/thriller flick based on a Frederick Forsyth novel. The film has a dark atmosphere and is just interesting enough. It's not the type film for a big audience because there are certainly many people who won't like this movie at all. Why? The one and only reason is because there is not a lot action in it. But the true film-fan will definitely enjoy this movie.

Michael Caine's character; John Preston, makes the story more interesting. Pierce Brosnan is very convincing as the Russian spy, maybe it's because he plays a typical 'James Bond role'.

This film can be described as a dark, smart and thrilling spy flick which has it's problems but certainly is worth to watch.

RATING: 7/10


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