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The Fourth Protocol (1987)

 -  Action | 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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Irina Vassilievna
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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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british | kgb | russian | england | courier | See more »

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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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$12,423,831 (USA)
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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 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

Soviet officers have got the wrong tabs on greatcoat lapels - black with no goldish frames. They also have service caps with the wrong cap bands - made of black plastic instead of goldish cords. See more »

Quotes

[Harcourt-Smith was embarassed by Preston's unauthorized, though successful previous mission]
Brian Harcourt-Smith: Just what the hell do you think you're playing at? First, you have the unmitigated gall to proceed without my permission. Next, you deliberately embarrass the service in front of that shit Irvine! Of course, I'm well aware that you somehow consider yourself outside the normal chain of command. But may I remind you that this is a Service, not a free-for-all! And when you're done showing off, you come ...
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Referenced in Pointless: Episode #3.7 (2010) See more »

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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Aged Well - Like Vintage Port
27 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I hadn't seen this for ages. Then it was given away free with the Daily Mail.It really has aged well. The plot is still believable. Just substitute Islamic terrorists for Russian ones. Caine was brilliant and doing his 'laser' style acting in all the close ups. Something he doesn't bother with in his many pot boilers. I have to agree with some of the other posters. It really should have been promoted as Harry Palmer's midlife crisis. He would have developed just like this. The hero in the book reads like an ex-Para version of Freddie Forsythe. Caine makes the role his own and adds his own interpretation. Another of my favourites Pierce Brosnan acts his heart out too, as the stone killer Petrofsky. The Ian Richardson and Anton Rogers scene has to be a career best for both of them. Only a side plot but absolutely brilliant.


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