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The Fourth War (1990)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  23 March 1990 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Second and final of two movies that actor Roy Scheider made with director John Frankenheimer. The first had been 52 Pick-Up (1986) about four years earlier. See more »

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Laughable but one of the best movies ever
1 August 2006 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

The plot is absurd, the logic is absent and the running back and forth across the east-west border is laughable.

BUT - it's one of the greatest movies ever made anyway. Why? Because it got a view through correctly adjusted binoculars right! As 1 circle. NOT 2 touching circles.

Million dollar movies, close to billion dollar movies from Hollywood, can't even get this simple fact right and it annoys me immensely. The annoying thing is that directors can get access to so much money and are not intelligent enough to get it right. If they spend a hundred dollars more they could buy a consultant to tell them things like that! But the directors are too dumb! Amazing.

So a big HOORAY for The Fourth War!! The ONLY other film I remember that avoids this Hollywood dumb cliché is The Bridge On The River Kwai.

And that's not all folks. The Fourth War lets the Russians speak Russian. I'm close to tears with enthusiasm! In the Hollywood world where Germans, Russians, Chinese and every alien from outer space speaks American this is groundbreaking. I know that most Americans are too dumb to read subtitles (or rather Hollywood think they are) but it renders authenticity in wast amounts to a movie.

The ridiculous script is totally forgiven on these two grounds!!


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