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Director:
Writers:
Gerard Reve (novel)
Gerard Soeteman (writer)
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Release Date:
24 March 1983 (Netherlands) See more »
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Tagline:
Christine is young, beautiful and rich. Her three husbands all died tragically. It's time for Christine to find her fourth man.
Plot:
A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(28 articles)
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Verhoeven's Answer to the Critics See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeroen Krabbé ... Gerard Reve

Renée Soutendijk ... Christine Halsslag

Thom Hoffman ... Herman
Dolf de Vries ... Dr. de Vries
Geert de Jong ... Ria
Hans Veerman ... Begrafenisondernemer
Hero Muller ... Josefs
Caroline de Beus ... Adrienne

Reinout Bussemaker ... Eerste echtgenoot
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
Pamela Teves ... Verpleegster
Hella Faassen ... Vrouw bij lezing
Helen Hedy ... Verkoopster AKO

Directed by
Paul Verhoeven 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerard Reve  novel
Gerard Soeteman  writer

Produced by
Rob Houwer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Loek Dikker 
 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont 
 
Film Editing by
Ine Schenkkan 
 
Art Direction by
Roland de Groot 
 
Costume Design by
Elly Claus 
 
Makeup Department
Patrick de Loor .... hair stylist
Kathy Kühne .... hair stylist
Kathy Kühne .... makeup artist
Christopher Tucker .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Remmelt Remmelts .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jindra Markus .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Strengholt Laurens .... props
 
Sound Department
Meep Mulder .... re-recording mixer
Ad Roest .... adr mixer
Ad Roest .... foley mixer
Ad Roest .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Tholen .... sound recordist
Tom Tholen .... sound
Math van Duurling .... sound recordist
Math van Duurling .... sound recordist: effects and atmosphere
 
Special Effects by
Harrie Wiessenhaan .... special effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Dickey Beer .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Erisman .... lighting technician
Hugo Van Baren .... key grip
 
Other crew
Frank Herrebout .... production assistant
Marjan Taconis .... location manager
Jelte Velzen .... assistant to producer
Ineke van Wezel .... assistant to producer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"De vierde man" - Netherlands (original title)
"The Fourth Man" - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
102 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Paul Verhoeven] [religious imagery]Gerard's visions include seeing the object of his lust being portrayed as a crucified Jesus, the loincloth replaced by a pair of speedos. The lady in the blue robe represents the Holy Mary, and in the train scene, she is holding an apple skin over her little boy's head as if it were a halo. The opening credits also feature the symbolic image of a spider crawling over a crucifix.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gerard and Herman go back to the convertible after a rainstorm, the car's interior is dry.See more »
Quotes:
Gerard Reve, Herman:[are confronted with a sudden shower]
Herman:Damn weather!
Gerard Reve:[yelling and pointing to trees] There!
Gerard Reve, Herman:[ran to the trees]
Herman:We all get soaked!
Gerard Reve:That one's open!
Gerard Reve, Herman:In that tomb?
Gerard Reve:Dead men don't bite, only live ones do.
Gerard Reve, Herman:[going inside]
Herman:[got licked by Gerard and turns towards him] Do you want to get hit?
[...]
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Verhoeven's Answer to the Critics, 2 October 2000
Author: FilmFlaneur from London

Verhoeven's Fourth Man was apparently his answer to those carping Dutch critics who had been so offended by the casual working class realism and frankness he familiarised in Turkish Delight, Business is Business & etc. Gone is the simple story line, the concern with contemporary issues, 'offensive' humour and the prominence of working girls as characters. Instead Verhoeven and his scriptwriter have substituted a hot house of religious imagery, 'literary' associations, obscure motivations and a deliberately overwrought atmosphere, guaranteed to please those who value an 'art house' ideal over the rougher product the director had been making. Perhaps surprisingly, it is a largely successful concoction, and pleased both audiences and the critics. The joke is still a joke, but it is all so well done, and carried off with such dark glee and verve, that Verhoeven's private fun in his task becomes public.

Having dished out his private joke to the conservative arbiters of Dutch film taste, it wasn't long before the frustrated director was lured off to Hollywood. Here he achieved a more perfect - and sincere - synthesis of vision, style, and message in the more familiar films that have confirmed his reputation.

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