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The Fourth Protocol (1987)

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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Brian Harcourt-Smith
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Sir Bernard Hemmings
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General Karpov
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Sir Nigel Irvine
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George Berenson
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Angela Berenson
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Captain Lyndhurst
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Jerry Harte ...
Professor Krilov
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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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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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A negyedik záradék  »

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$12,423,831 (USA)
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Trivia

Michael Caine once said of this film in his autobiography "What's It All About?" (1992): "We wound up with a wordy action movie which, although it was quite a good picture and did fair business, never had the speed and pace of the best American action movies... So for long sequences in the film we not only had a talking picture, but a lot of talk, and even worse, most of it unintelligible. I went there as the star and associate producer and one might have thought this would give me sufficient authority to put my own strongly-held opinions into practice, but no chance. Even I in my exalted position wound up making a talking picture when it should have been a moving one". See more »

Goofs

The armorer only loaded one blank into Ross's pistol before he shoots Irina in bed after their tryst, as the slide is seen to lock back on firing, indicating a now empty magazine. See more »

Quotes

John Preston: [to Karpov] You and Irvine set it up, didn't you?. You gave us Petrovsky in exchange for the evidence you will use to destroy Govershin. You could very well become the next Chairman of the KGB.
Sir Nigel Irvine: Preston, you're out of your depth.
John Preston: It's just a game to you, isn't it? You both don't give a shit about anything except your lousy careers! It's about time they put you in a fucking museum!
General Karpov: [as Preston walks away] Do you think he'll talk?
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Soundtracks

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 47
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(excerpt from 1st movement: Allegro moderato)
Composed by Jean Sibelius
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27 July 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was quite surprised to see that this movie got a 5.9 rating. I think that it's a lot better than that. Brosnan is good, the plot is sufficiently tricky to be interesting, and Caine delivers the kind of reliable, excellent performance that you can count on (at least when the movie isn't total junk -- he only seems to phone it in when the movie is entirely hopeless). The ending is a little abrupt, but I can't find any fault with it other than that. (The cast is uniformly strong, too.) Maybe people underrate the movie because the movie is low-budget. It looks like a British TV-movie, and maybe it was, but I find it easy to get past the production values when the acting is good.

I've seen it twice, and it holds up to a second viewing.


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