Cold War drama about two gung-ho border commanders (Roy Scheider, Jurgen Prochnow) who carry out their own private war against each other on the German - Czechoslovakia border.

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Col. Jack Knowles
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Col. Valachev
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Lt. Col. Clark
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Elena
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Gen. Hackworth
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Sergeant Major
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MP Corporal
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Gawky Soldier
Neil Grahn ...
Needle-Nose Soldier
Ernie Jackson ...
Knowles Driver
Ron Campbell ...
Young US Soldier
John Dodds ...
Defector
Richard Durven ...
Young Soldier
Harold Hecht Jr. ...
Dwayne
Alice Pesta ...
Hannelore
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Can a war veteran survive when there is no war? Hardly so. And it is all the more difficult when there are two war heroes! Posted on each side of the Czech-West German border, US colonel Jack Knowles and his Soviet counterpart Colonel Valachev, have been champing at the bit since Gorbachev launched his Glasnost policy. Fortunately for them, a serious border incident (the killing of a defector) will allow them to resume war. A private war first, but a war that will involve a serious troop confrontation. Bad for Gorbachev, good for the two sworn enemies who had been craving for action... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Two proud heroes with no one left to fight... But each other.

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Drama | Thriller

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23 March 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

4'üncü savas  »

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CAD 22,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,305,887 (USA)
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German actor Jürgen Prochnow was cast as the Eastern European Soviet commander Colonel Valachev in this 1988-set cold war movie after having starred as the German U-boat commander Captain-Lieutenant Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock in the successful Oscar nominated West German 1981 World War II movie Das Boot (1981) which had been made and first released about nine years earlier. See more »

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Silly but fun
6 February 2001 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

The premise of this film is totally off the wall. Yet it's good entertainment as two hardened soldiers fight their own personal war across the iron curtain. Almost too bad that the cold war is over because they don't make movies like this anymore. Roy Scheider and Jurgen Prochnow give the capable performances one would expect of them but the outstanding performer is Harry Dean Stockton as the US general.He was top notch.

It's really a silly idea for a movie. But what the heck. I enjoyed it!


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