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The Fourth Protocol (1987)

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John Preston is a British agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the 'special relationship' between the two countries.



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Borisov / Pavel Petrovic
Irina Vassilievna
Brian Harcourt-Smith
Sir Bernard Hemmings
General Karpov
Sir Nigel Irvine
Anton Rodgers ...
George Berenson
Caroline Blakiston ...
Angela Berenson
Joseph Brady ...
Betsy Brantley ...
Eileen McWhirter
Captain Lyndhurst
Tom McWhirter
Jerry Harte ...
Professor Krilov


KGB agent Major Valeri Petrofsky has been reassigned at the request of the KGB Chairman for a secret mission wherein he is sent to England to establish a residence near an American military base and receive various items from couriers from the USSR. John Preston is the top British spy catcher, currently at odds with his superior because he doesn't lick his boots. After he conducts an operation without his superior's permission caused his superior some embarrassment, he is reassigned to the menial task of overseeing airports and ports. One day one the couriers Petrofsky was expecting comes off a freighter has an accident which leaves him dead. Preston is informed by the pathologist that the man is not a seaman so Preston goes through his things and finds that he was carrying something which he is told is an atomic bomb component. Preston now suspects that someone is bringing in parts for an atomic bomb, his superior doesn't want to let Preston be proven right so he doesn't authorize ... Written by <>

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If the Fourth Protocol is ever breached, there would be no warning, just a nuclear explosion from a bedsitter...The unthinkable has just begun... See more »




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Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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$12,423,831 (USA)

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Despite their mutual top billing, actors Pierce Brosnan and Michael Caine actually share very little screen time together in the movie. See more »


Soviet officers wear service caps instead of fur-caps in winter, which is obvious uniform rules violation. See more »


George Berenson: [George just found out that his South African contact is a Russian spy] Oh my God... what have I done?
Sir Nigel Irvine: You've betrayed your country. You've passed on untold numbers of military secrets to Moscow, and endangered the lives of British men and women. And I'd say you've weakened NATO. Perhaps irretrievably.
George Berenson: Oh my God...
Sir Nigel Irvine: Just you, and your schoolboy politics, and your idiotically conceited faith in your own importance.
Sir Nigel Irvine: Now some of our more muscular colleagues would like to lock you in a cell ...
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Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 47
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One of Caines best films to this point
2 October 2003 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

My personal view is that Caines interpretation of the character made TFP one of his best films to date, it reflected the Forsythes hero very acurately and was easily the best performance of the film. Again, my view is that the film was grossly under rated by the critics at the time and even today stands up well among films of this type. Well worth watching even today.

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