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The 4th Man (1983)

De vierde man (original title)
A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writers:

Gerard Reve (novel), Gerard Soeteman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeroen Krabbé ... Gerard Reve
Renée Soutendijk ... Christine Halsslag
Thom Hoffman ... Herman
Dolf de Vries Dolf de Vries ... Dr. de Vries
Geert de Jong Geert de Jong ... Ria
Hans Veerman ... Begrafenisondernemer
Hero Muller Hero Muller ... Josefs
Caroline de Beus Caroline de Beus ... Adrienne
Reinout Bussemaker ... Eerste echtgenoot
Erik J. Meijer Erik J. Meijer ... Tweede echtgenoot
Ursul de Geer Ursul de Geer ... Derde echtgenoot
Filip Bolluyt Filip Bolluyt ... Surfer
Hedda Lornie Hedda Lornie ... Verkoopster boekhandel
Paul Nygaard Paul Nygaard ... Violist
Guus van der Made Guus van der Made ... Treinkelner
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Storyline

The morbid Catholic writer Gerard Reve who is bisexual, alcoholic and has frequent visions of death is invited to give a lecture in the literature club of Vlissingen. While in the railway station in Amsterdam, he feels attracted to a handsome man who embarks on another train. Gerard is introduced to the treasurer of the club and beautician Christine Halsslag, a wealthy widow who owns the Spider beauty shop, and they engage in a one night stand. On the next morning, Gerard sees the picture of Christine's boyfriend Herman and recognizes him as the man he saw in the train station. He urges her to bring Herman to her house to spend a couple of days together, but with the secret intention of seducing the man. Christine travels to Köln to bring her boyfriend and Gerard stays alone in her house. He drinks whiskey and snoops through her safe, finding three film reels with names of men; he decides to watch the footage and discovers that Christine had married each; all of whom died in tragic ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil revised by S. Alan Fann, N. Decatur, GA USA

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Christine is young, beautiful and rich. Her three husbands all died tragically. It's time for Christine to find her fourth man.


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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

24 March 1983 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The 4th Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Verhoeven and Gerard Soeteman originally wanted to make the movie with Joop van den Ende, who had also produced their previous movie, Spetters (1980). However, this meant that they could not cast Jeroen Krabbé in the lead role, since he was involved in a financial disagreement with van den Ende. So they went back to their former producer Rob Houwer, with whom they had previously had a bitter falling-out; since Verhoeven and Soeteman needed someone who could secure the budget, and Houwer had not had much financial success without his former colleagues, they were able to bury the past and renew their collaboration. However, tensions rose again during the production of the movie, and this movie became their last together. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, as Gerard is getting out of bed, the boom mic is visible in a mirror behind him. See more »

Quotes

Gerard ReveHerman: [are confronted with a sudden shower]
Herman: Damn weather!
Gerard Reve: [yelling and pointing to trees] There!
Gerard ReveHerman: [ran to the trees]
Herman: We all get soaked!
Gerard Reve: That one's open!
Gerard ReveHerman: In that tomb?
Gerard Reve: Dead men don't bite, only live ones do.
Gerard ReveHerman: [going inside]
Herman: [got licked by Gerard and turns towards him] Do you want to get hit?
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Italian version is largely censored. It runs 98 minutes (more than 5 minutes shorter than the original version). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Basic Instinct (1992) See more »

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You don't want to watch, but you can't turn away!
20 September 2001 | by jonathandoe_se7enSee all my reviews

Paul Verhoeven's De Vierde Man (The Fourth Man) is one of the most compelling thrillers I have ever seen. It really was a pleasant surprise. The story concerns bi-sexual writer Gerard (Jeroen Krabbe), as he is lured into a relationship with beautiful hairdresser Christine (Renée Soutendijk), but in the twisted mind of Gerard there could be more to the story. Verhoeven and cinematographer Jan De Bont create a beautiful and thick atmosphere full of surreal and sickening sexual imagery, this really pulls you into the story, you don't want to watch, but you can't turn yourself away. This is by far Verhoeven's best film (maybe second only to Robocop). True The Fourth Man isn't for everyone, some of the sex scenes are quite gratuitous (just ignore them, but trust me, if you watch for at least ten minutes you'll be hooked. This is one of those films that you need to know how it ends, a true whodunit it in the Hitchcock tradition, compelling, controversial and thrilling. I even like the spider metaphor.

8/10


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