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The Fourth War (1990)

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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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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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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First of two movies that actor Harry Dean Stanton made with director John Frankenheimer. The second, made for television, was Against the Wall (1994). See more »

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a great "Cold War" parable
29 September 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

John Frankenheimer is an amazing director who has never been given the credit that he deserves. The Manchurian Candidate, Birdman Of Alcatraz, Seven Days In May and Black Sunday are among the great films that he has directed. This film deserves to be listed with them as well because it is a brilliant parable of what happens when two heroes only trained to fight in war have to live in a peacetime situation. Roy Schieder gives an awesome performance as a war weary colonel who just can't function in a peacetime setting. That very great character actor Harry Dean Stanton has a great scene where he chews him out. I think that the most chilling part of the film however is the one where Stanton quotes Albert Einstein when he was asked what kinds of weapons would be used in World War III and he replied that he did not know but that the fourth war would be fought with stones.


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