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The Fourth Protocol (1987)

 -  Thriller  -  28 August 1987 (USA)
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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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Borisov / Pavel Petrovic
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Irina Vassilievna
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Sir Bernard Hemmings
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Eileen McWhirter
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Captain Lyndhurst
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Professor Krilov
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Storyline

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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If the Fourth Protocol is ever breached, there would be no warning, just a nuclear explosion from a bedsitter...The unthinkable has just begun... See more »

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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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$12,423,831 (USA)
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The production of the movie had a Royal Visit. Prince Michael of Kent visited the set during principal photography. See more »

Goofs

As the van pulls out of the traffic it has no number plate, then as it rides down the hill a smashed one is visible on the front bumper. See more »

Quotes

Brian Harcourt-Smith: [after Preston finds out about the polonium disc and presents his report] I regard this report as alarmist, irresponsible and lacking sufficient evidence.
John Preston: [surprised and irritated] Evidence? Can't you read?
[Forcefully]
John Preston: That metal disc can only be used as part of trigger for an atom bomb...
Brian Harcourt-Smith: That remains to be seen. Don't think I don't know what's goin' on Preston. You're trying to worm your way back into favours by dreaming up some far fetched story of which you naturally are the hero...
John Preston: And ...
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Referenced in Pointless: Episode #3.7 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 47
(uncredited)
(excerpt from 1st movement: Allegro moderato)
Composed by Jean Sibelius
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One of Caines best films to this point
2 October 2003 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

My personal view is that Caines interpretation of the character made TFP one of his best films to date, it reflected the Forsythes hero very acurately and was easily the best performance of the film. Again, my view is that the film was grossly under rated by the critics at the time and even today stands up well among films of this type. Well worth watching even today.


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