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The 4th Man (1983)

De vierde man (original title)
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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Ursul de Geer ...
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Filip Bolluyt ...
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Hedda Lornie ...
Verkoopster boekhandel
Paul Nygaard ...
Violist
Guus van der Made ...
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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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The movie rights to the novel, on which the film was based, resided with Joop van den Ende. However, he refused to work again with actor Jeroen Krabbé, whom director Paul Verhoeven wanted for the lead role. Fortunately, the movie rights would expire at the end of that year. Verhoeven was at writer Gerard Reve's house on New Year's Eve to buy the movie rights from him just after midnight. 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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You don't want to watch, but you can't turn away!
20 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

Paul Verhoeven's De Vierde Man (The Fourth Man) is one of the most compelling thrillers I have ever seen. It really was a pleasant surprise. The story concerns bi-sexual writer Gerard (Jeroen Krabbe), as he is lured into a relationship with beautiful hairdresser Christine (Renée Soutendijk), but in the twisted mind of Gerard there could be more to the story. Verhoeven and cinematographer Jan De Bont create a beautiful and thick atmosphere full of surreal and sickening sexual imagery, this really pulls you into the story, you don't want to watch, but you can't turn yourself away. This is by far Verhoeven's best film (maybe second only to Robocop). True The Fourth Man isn't for everyone, some of the sex scenes are quite gratuitous (just ignore them, but trust me, if you watch for at least ten minutes you'll be hooked. This is one of those films that you need to know how it ends, a true whodunit it in the Hitchcock tradition, compelling, controversial and thrilling. I even like the spider metaphor.

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