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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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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:
Paul Verhoeven wanted Thom Hoffman to do his own stunt driving, which meant making a sharp turn with 50 mph. After several failed attempts, Verhoeven took Hoffman's place and showed him how to do it. In order to help him even more, he ordered Hoffman to try and hit him with the car, jumping out of its way just before Hoffman made the turn.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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 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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References Macabre (1980)See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Lie the Truth, 1 January 2010
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The morbid Catholic writer Gerard Reve (Jeroen Krabbé) that is homosexual, 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 a non-corresponded attraction to a handsome man that embarks in another train. Gerard is introduced to the treasurer of the club and beautician Christine Halsslag (Renée Soutendijk), who is a wealthy widow that owns the beauty shop Sphinx, and they have one night stand. On the next morning, Gerard sees the picture of Christine's boyfriend Herman (Thom Hoffman) and he recognizes him as the man he saw in the train station. He suggests 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 her safe, finding three film reels with names of men; he decides to watch the footages and discover that Christine had married the three guys and all of them died in tragic accidents. Later Gerard believes Christine is a witch and question whether Herman or him will be her doomed fourth husband.

The ambiguous "The Vierde Man" is another magnificent feature of Paul Verhoeven in his Dutch phase. The story is supported by an excellent screenplay that uses Catholic symbols to build the tension associated to smart dialogs; magnificent performance of Jeroen Krabbé in the role of a disturbed alcoholic writer; and stunning cinematography. The inconclusive resolution is open to interpretation like in many European movies that explore the common sense and intelligence of the viewers. There are mediocre directors that use front nudity of men to promote their films; however, Paul Verhoeven uses the nudity of Gerard Reve as part of the plot and never aggressive or seeking out sensationalism. Last but not the least; the androgynous beauty of the sexy Renée Soutendijk perfectly fits to her role of a woman that attracts a gay writer. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O 4o Homem" ("The 4th Man")

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