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George Axelrod (screen story)
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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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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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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 Fourth Protocol is a fictional secret protocol of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, containing an agreement between nuclear powers that nuclear weapons will only be delivered to their target by conventional means, e.g. dropped from aircraft or on missiles. In the world of the film, it effectively prevents them being left in luggage lockers or delivered by postal companies (or specifically in the case of this film, being assembled and left in a house close to the target).See more »
Factual errors: Soviet officers wear service caps instead of fur-caps in winter, which is obvious uniform rules violation.See more »
Valeri Petrofsky:Here we are.
Irina Vassilievna:And where are you sleeping?
Valeri Petrofsky:We're husband and wife, remember?
Irina Vassilievna:I think not, comrade Major.
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Movie Connections:
References "The Muppet Show" (1976)See more »
We Shall OvercomeSee more »


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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
great film, 2 June 2005
Author: bobstruckyard from United Kingdom

some comments on this film have stated that there are unnecessary killings of agents or witnesses, this is done to show the politics of the film and how there must be no trace back to those who planned the operation, whilst also portraying that petrofsky is a lethal killer, and as Caine says in the film "the best". A great story, and very believable, spies that remain hidden from each other and no excruciating scene where the bad guy reveals his plot to the good guy. Would have been interesting to see what would have happened if the operation had turned out differently, or the ending for that matter!

Of course one of the best things about this film is the acting as previously stated by other people. Caine brings his character to life and is very believable in the role of John Preston, the agent who cares, and will "bend" the rules to make sure things get down. Brosnan is similarly good, his character will stop at nothing to complete his mission, he is a stone cold killer and this is portrayed well, he doesn't let anything get in the way of the mission.

All in all a very good little film, much better than some of the tripe we get from Hollywood and with one of the finest British casts i've seen in some time.

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