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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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Stylish, challenging and intriguing See more (43 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
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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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Runtime:
102 min
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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:
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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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Stylish, challenging and intriguing, 21 December 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Paul Verhoeven's predecessor to his breakout hit 'Basic Instinct' is a stylish and shocking neo-noir thriller. Verhoeven has become known for making somewhat sleazy trash films, both in his native Holland and in America and this film is one of the reasons why. The Fourth Man follows the strange story of Gerard Reve (played by Jeroen Krabbé); a gay, alcoholic and slightly mad writer who goes to Vlissingen to give a talk on the stories he writes. While there, he meets the seductive Christine Halsslag (Renée Soutendijk) who takes him back to her house where he discovers a handsome picture of one of her lovers and proclaims that he will meet him, even if it kills him.

Paul Verhoeven twists the truth many times in this film, and that ensures that you never quite know where you are with it. Many of the occurrences in The Fourth Man could be what they appear to be, but they could easily be interpreted as something else entirely and this keeps the audience on the edge of their seats for the duration, and also makes the film work as this narrative is what it thrives on. Paul Verhoeven is not a filmmaker that feels he has to restrain himself, and that is one of things I like best about him. This film features a very shocking scene that made me feel ill for hours afterwards (and that doesn't happen very often!). I wont spoil it because it needs the surprise element to work...but you'll see what I mean when you see the film (make sure you get the uncut version!). There is also a number of other macabre scenes that are less shocking than the one I've mentioned, but are lovely nonetheless; a man gets eaten by lions, another one has a pipe sent through his skull, a boat is smashed in half...lovely.

The acting in The Fourth Man isn't anything to write home about, but it's solid throughout. Jeroen Krabbé holds the audience's attention and looks the part as the drunken writer. It is Renée Soutendijk that impresses the most, though, as the femme fatale at the centre of the tale. Her performance is what Sharon Stone would imitate nine years later with Basic Instinct, but the original fatale did it best. Paul Verhoeven's direction is solid throughout as he directs our attention through numerous points of view, all of which help to create the mystery of the story. Verhoeven has gone on to make some rubbish, but he obviously has talent and it's a shame that he doesn't put it to better use. Of all the Verhoeven films I've seen, this is the best and although it might be difficult to come across; trust me, it's worth the effort.

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