The Fourth Protocol (1987)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  28 August 1987 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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On August 28, the Fourth Protocol will be broken in a deadly game of seduction, conspiracy, sabotage...and beyond. The countdown to terror has begun. See more »




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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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$12,423,831 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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The two lead roles in this spy movie are played by actors who have played two famous spies: Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) and James Bond (Pierce Brosnan). See more »


The helicopter seen at the KGB camp at the beginning of the film is the French Aérospatiale AS.360 Dauphin, a helicopter never used by any Soviet (or Russian) military or civilian organization. See more »


General Karpov: Govershin need not last forever.
Borisov: I want to die in my bed.
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Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
(excerpt from 1st movement: Andante moderato-Moderato con anima and 4th movement: Finale. Allegro con fuoco)
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
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Great thriller, first-rate cast
19 December 1999 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Fascinating old-fashioned spy thriller with (for the 80s) new high tech elements. Pierce Brosnan is very good as the smiling sociopathic Russian deep cover agent. Michael Caine is, well, Michael Caine. Ian Richardson has a lot of WONDERFUL lines as Caine's superior. Ray McNally and Ned Beatty are fine as old Cold War veterans whose time is passing.

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