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The Fourth Man (1983)
"De vierde man" (original title)

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A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.

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Herman
Dolf de Vries ...
Dr. de Vries
Geert de Jong ...
Ria
Hans Veerman ...
Begrafenisondernemer
Hero Muller ...
Josefs
Caroline de Beus ...
Adrienne
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Erik J. Meijer ...
Tweede echtgenoot
Ursul de Geer ...
Derde echtgenoot
Filip Bolluyt ...
Surfer
Hedda Lornie ...
Verkoopster boekhandel
Paul Nygaard ...
Violist
Guus van der Made ...
Treinkelner
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The morbid Catholic writer Gerard Reve who is bisexual, alcoholic and has frequent visions of death is invited to give a lecture in the literature club of Vlissingen. While in the railway station in Amsterdam, he feels attracted to a handsome man who embarks on another train. Gerard is introduced to the treasurer of the club and beautician Christine Halsslag, a wealthy widow who owns the Spider beauty shop, and they engage in a one night stand. On the next morning, Gerard sees the picture of Christine's boyfriend Herman and recognizes him as the man he saw in the train station. He urges her to bring Herman to her house to spend a couple of days together, but with the secret intention of seducing the man. Christine travels to Köln to bring her boyfriend and Gerard stays alone in her house. He drinks whiskey and snoops through her safe, finding three film reels with names of men; he decides to watch the footage and discovers that Christine had married each; all of whom died in tragic ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil revised by S. Alan Fann, N. Decatur, GA USA

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Christine is young, beautiful and rich. Her three husbands all died tragically. It's time for Christine to find her fourth man.


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Paul Verhoeven and Gerard Soeteman originally wanted to make the movie with Joop van den Ende, who had also produced their previous movie, Spetters (1980). However, this meant that they could not cast Jeroen Krabbé in the lead role, since he was involved in a financial disagreement with van den Ende. So they went back to their former producer Rob Houwer, with whom they had previously had a bitter falling-out; since Verhoeven and Soeteman needed someone who could secure the budget, and Houwer had not had much financial success without his former colleagues, they were able to bury the past and renew their collaboration. However, tensions rose again during the production of the movie, and this movie became their last together. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, as Gerard is getting out of bed, the boom mic is visible in a mirror behind him. See more »

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Gerard ReveHerman: [are confronted with a sudden shower]
Herman: Damn weather!
Gerard Reve: [yelling and pointing to trees] There!
Gerard ReveHerman: [ran to the trees]
Herman: We all get soaked!
Gerard Reve: That one's open!
Gerard ReveHerman: In that tomb?
Gerard Reve: Dead men don't bite, only live ones do.
Gerard ReveHerman: [going inside]
Herman: [got licked by Gerard and turns towards him] Do you want to get hit?
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Brilliant Dutch psycho thriller
29 October 2002 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

"De vierde man" (The Fourth Man, 1984) is considered one of the best European pycho thrillers of the eighties. This last work of Dutch director Paul Verhoeven in his home country before he moved to Hollywood to become a big star with movies like "Total Recall", "Basic Instinct" and "Starship Troopers" is about a psychopathic and disillusioned author (Jeroen Krabbe) going to the seaside for recovering. There he meets a mysterious femme fatale (Renee Soultendieck) and starts a fatal love affair with her. He becomes addicted to her with heart and soul and finds out that her three previous husbands all died with mysterious circumstances...

"De vierde man" is much influenced by the old Hollywood film noire and the psycho thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Wells. It takes much time to create a dark and gripping atmosphere, and a few moments of extreme graphic violence have the right impact to push the story straight forward. The suspense is sometimes nearly unbearable and sometimes reminds of the works of Italian cult director Dario Argento.

The cast is also outstanding, especially Krabbe's performance as mentally disturbed writer that opened the doors for his international film career ("The Living Daylights", "The Fugitive"). If you get the occasion to watch this brilliant psycho thriller on TV, video or DVD, don't miss it!


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