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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.
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 4th Man" - USA (video box title)
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102 min
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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 »
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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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
One of Verhoeven's best, 24 August 2003
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

In Holland a gay writer Gerard (Jeroen Krabbe) gives a lecture. He stays overnight with a beautiful woman Christine (Renee Soutendijk) and has sex with her (by imagining she's a boy). He plans to leave the next day, but gets a look at a picture of Christine's hunky boyfriend Herman (Thom Hoffman) and decides to stay to have a try at him. Then things get strange.

A big X-rated art house hit in the US in 1983. Why was it X rated? Let's see...there's strangulation, full frontal male and female nudity, castration, mutilation, simulated sex, a scene in a church with a cross that will shock most people, a gay sex scene in a crypt...and it's all a comedy!!!!! Paul Verhoeven made this after "Spetters". "Spetters" was attacked by the critics for it's extreme sexual sequences and denounced as trash. So, Verhoeven filled this film with very obvious symbolism thinking the critics would think it was art and praise it. He was right! Critics loved the film not realizing that Verhoeven was playing a big joke on them. Still, it's a great film.

It's beautifully shot by Jan de Bont (now a director himself) and there's so much symbolism and obvious "hidden" layers in the dialogue that you're never bored. All the acting is great--Krabbe plays a thoroughly despicable character but (somehow) has you rooting for him; Soutendijk is just stunning to look at and plays her part to perfection--the little smile she gives when Gerard agrees to stay with her is chilling; Hoffman is extremely handsome with a great body--he deserves credit for doing the church sequence and going at with Krabbe in the crypt.

This is not for people easily offended or the weak of heart, but if you like extreme movies that playfully challenge you (like me) this is for you! A 10 all the way.

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