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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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Erik J. Meijer ...
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Ursul de Geer ...
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Filip Bolluyt ...
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Hedda Lornie ...
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Paul Nygaard ...
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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 dog that attacks Gerard (Jeroen Krabbé) was secured with a leash, since Krabbé has an extreme fear of big dogs. During the second take of the scene, the leash was accidentally released, causing the dog to hit Krabbé, and the leash to break the dog trainer's nose. 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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The ultimate erotic thriller
1 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

When it comes to Paul Verhoeven and erotic thrillers, most people think of "Basic Instinct" and some maybe of "Showgirls". But Verhoeven has made his best erotic thriller years before these two movies: "De Vierde Man". This film is mesmerizing and mindblowing - and above all the story is absolutely plausible, which makes the whole experience even more intense. The performances by Jeroen Krabbe, Renee Soutendijk and Thom Hoffman are exceptional, and Verhoeven's direction does the rest. "De Vierde Man" makes even "Basic Instinct" look quite tame... It can't get much better than this, a true classic of erotic nightmare cinema. 10 out of 10, at least...


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