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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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Dolf de Vries ...
Dr. de Vries
Geert de Jong ...
Ria
Hans Veerman ...
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Hero Muller ...
Josefs
Caroline de Beus ...
Adrienne
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Erik J. Meijer ...
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Ursul de Geer ...
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Filip Bolluyt ...
Surfer
Hedda Lornie ...
Verkoopster boekhandel
Paul Nygaard ...
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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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While Paul Verhoeven's previous work received a lot of criticism from movie critics, it was generally financially successful. This movie was a marked exception: while praised by critics and public alike, commercially, it became his least successful movie. 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 »

Quotes

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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Paul's best flick of Dutch era
18 December 2011 | by (Iran) – See all my reviews

I always have been a great fan of Paul Verhoeven & i believe that "Basic Instinct" is the BEST erotic-thriller ever made( no matter what the others say, it's undoubtedly a masterpiece of the genre & time will enhance the judgments, i'm sure).

And....this "the Fourth Man" is the best flick of Paul's "dutch" era.

As it always has been said , it's a wonderful combination of Bergman(for its philosophical theme) & Hitchcock (for the kind of suspense it creates) , too.

it has a compelling screenplay with a touch of surrealism. "the third man" (sorry, it's my other favorite,...Carol Reed always stays in my mind!).."the 4th man" also opened the gates of Hollywood for the dutch director.


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