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George Axelrod (screen story)
Richard Burridge (additional material)
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Release Date:
28 August 1987 (USA) See more »
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 »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
The usual Caine, the better Brosnan See more (35 total) »


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Michael Caine ... John Preston

Pierce Brosnan ... Valeri Petrofsky / James Edward Ross

Ned Beatty ... Borisov / Pavel Petrovic

Joanna Cassidy ... Irina Vassilievna

Julian Glover ... Brian Harcourt-Smith

Michael Gough ... Sir Bernard Hemmings

Ray McAnally ... General Karpov

Ian Richardson ... Sir Nigel Irvine

Anton Rodgers ... George Berenson

Caroline Blakiston ... Angela Berenson
Joseph Brady ... Carmichael
Betsy Brantley ... Eileen McWhirter

Sean Chapman ... Captain Lyndhurst

Matt Frewer ... Tom McWhirter
Jerry Harte ... Professor Krilov
Michael J. Jackson ... Major Pavlov

Matthew Marsh ... Barry Banks

Alan North ... Govershin

Ronald Pickup ... Wynne-Evans
Aaron Swartz ... Gregoriev

Julia Verdin ... Jill Dunkley (as Octavia Verdin)

Johnny Allan ... Night Porter

Roy Alon ... Russian Seaman
Michael Bilton ... Kim Philby
Sarah Bullen ... Dorothy
Rebecca Burrill ... Nurse

Peter Cartwright ... Jan Marais
Rosy Clayton ... Mrs. Adrian
David Conville ... Bursham

Nancy Crane ... Karpov's Secretary
Joanna Dickens ... Woman Shopper

Sam Douglas ... Russian Soldier

Mick Ford ... Sergeant Bilbow
Ronnie Golden ... The Busker
Steve Halliwell ... Plastercast Courier
Gordon Honeycombe ... Television Announcer

John Horsley ... Sir Anthony Plumb

Boris Isarov ... Dresser

Philip Jackson ... Burkinshaw
Julian Jacobson ... Conductor
Alexei Jawdokimov ... Aeroflot Pilot
Clare Kelly ... Landlady
Sally Kinghorn ... Girlfriend
Ronnie Laughlin ... Driver at Scene
Renos Liondaris ... Greek Cafe Owner
Peter Manning ... Violinist
Kenneth Midwood ... Chaplain
John Murtagh ... Scottish Policeman
James Older ... Timmy Preston
William Parker ... Cruiser
Stephen Persaud ... Black Kid
George Phillips ... Mr. Adrian
Neville Phillips ... Man in Overcoat

Richard Ridings ... Skinhead

Mark Rolston ... Russian Decoder
Michael Seezen ... Joey

Patsy Smart ... Preston's Housekeeper
Phil Smeeton ... Boyfriend
Jirí Stanislav ... Winkler
Chris Walker ... Skinhead (as Christopher Walker)
Juanita Waterman ... Black Girl on Underground Train
Tariq Yunus ... Immigration Officer
George Zenios ... Greek Cafe Owner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick Forsyth ... Radio Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Mackenzie 
Writing credits
George Axelrod (screen story)

Richard Burridge (additional material)

Frederick Forsyth (screenplay)

Frederick Forsyth (novel)

Produced by
Timothy Burrill .... producer
Michael Caine .... executive producer
Frederick Forsyth .... executive producer
Wafic Said .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Phil Meheux 
Film Editing by
Graham Walker 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Allan Cameron 
Art Direction by
Tim Hutchinson 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt 
Costume Design by
Tiny Nicholls 
Makeup Department
Lois Burwell .... makeup department head
Peter Robb-King .... makeup artist
Production Management
Juhani Jotuni .... production manager: Finland
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Dodds .... second assistant director
Christopher Hall .... third assistant director
Åke Lindman .... assistant director: Finland
Art Department
Michael Finlay .... painter
John Wells .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Ian Fuller .... dubbing editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... re-recording mixer
Daryl Jordan .... assistant foley editor
Nicolas Le Messurier .... re-recording mixer
Chris Munro .... sound mixer
Andrew Sissons .... sound assistant
Special Effects by
Peter Fern .... special effects technician
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects
Stephen Hutchinson .... special effects trainee
Eddie Stacey .... stunt coordinator
Marc Wolff .... stunt pilot
Camera and Electrical Department
Trevor Brooker .... camera operator
Wayne Leach .... electrician
Steve Mcleod .... best boy
Bob Penn .... still photographer
Terry Potter .... gaffer
Location Management
Gilly Case .... location manager
Simon McNair Scott .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Julian Jacobson .... music consultant
Lalo Schifrin .... conductor
Francis Shaw .... composer: additional music
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Brian Weske .... driver: Michael Caine
Other crew
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Antony Ford .... production office runner
Martin Forde .... helicopter pilot
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
Mark Layton .... production assistant
Mark R. Lindsay .... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Mike Murphy .... helicopter pilot
Gail Samuelson .... production coordinator
Nick Slinger .... helicopter crew
Alan Sutton .... fire safety
Brian Weske .... personal assistant: Michael Caine
Marc Wolff .... helicopter pilot
Melissa Smith .... sales and marketing coordinator (uncredited)
Del Spiva .... distribution coordinator (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:14 | Netherlands:12 (2002) | Netherlands:16 (VHS/DVD rating) (2001) | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 (theatrical rating) | South Korea:18 (video rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (1992) (1993) (2003) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The KGB training facility, seen at the beginning of the movie, was a group of converted school buildings.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
John Preston:[Livid, on seeing a defenceless Valeri being assassinated by SAS] WE NEEDED TO TALK TO HIM!
Captain Lyndhurst:[Matter of factly] Sorry Boss... orders!
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Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36See more »


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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
The usual Caine, the better Brosnan, 15 February 2002
Author: rakesh_prem

Forget Brosnan's performance in the Bond movies or the recent excellent Tailor of Panama. His cold, calculative KGB agent in The Fourth Protocol should have told us what a wonderful actor he is. Made in 1987, the film is closer to its older brother (The Days of Jackal, also by Frederick Forsyth) than the spy films starring Michael Caine, as I originally thought it would be. The pace is slow, but thoughtful. Like Jackal, we get to see Brosnan making preparation to bring in the bomb and piecing it together. We also get to see Caine, 'the rebel' of M16 tracking him down. Great show!

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