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The Fourth Protocol (1987)

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.

Director:

John Mackenzie

Writers:

George Axelrod (screen story), Richard Burridge (additional material) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Betsy Brantley ... Eileen McWhirter
Sean Chapman ... Captain Lyndhurst
Matt Frewer ... Tom McWhirter
Jerry Harte Jerry Harte ... Professor Krilov
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Storyline

KGB agent Major Valeri Petrofsky has been reassigned at the request of the KGB Chairman for a secret mission wherein he is sent to England to establish a residence near an American military base and receive various items from couriers from the USSR. John Preston is the top British spy catcher, currently at odds with his superior because he doesn't lick his boots. After he conducts an operation without his superior's permission caused his superior some embarrassment, he is reassigned to the menial task of overseeing airports and ports. One day one the couriers Petrofsky was expecting comes off a freighter has an accident which leaves him dead. Preston is informed by the pathologist that the man is not a seaman so Preston goes through his things and finds that he was carrying something which he is told is an atomic bomb component. Preston now suspects that someone is bringing in parts for an atomic bomb, his superior doesn't want to let Preston be proven right so he doesn't authorize ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

On August 28, the Fourth Protocol will be broken in a deadly game of seduction, conspiracy, sabotage...and beyond. The countdown to terror has begun. See more »

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Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuarto protocolo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,423,831
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fourth Protocol See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Frederick Forsyth: Uncredited, the film's source novelist as the voice of a radio newsreader. See more »

Goofs

When Valeri Petrofsky is driving down a country lane in a blue ford, the crew/equipment in front of it can be seen on the reflection on the front of the car. See more »

Quotes

John Preston: [to Karpov] You and Irvine set it up, didn't you?. You gave us Petrovsky in exchange for the evidence you will use to destroy Govershin. You could very well become the next Chairman of the KGB.
Sir Nigel Irvine: Preston, you're out of your depth.
John Preston: It's just a game to you, isn't it? You both don't give a shit about anything except your lousy careers! It's about time they put you in a fucking museum!
General Karpov: [as Preston walks away] Do you think he'll talk?
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on British Television contains all the violence but is missing one entire scene involving Michael Caine knocking out two racially abusive skinheads on an underground train. The scene was reinstated for the BBC1 showing on 8th February 2006. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pointless: Episode #3.7 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor, Op. 47
(uncredited)
(excerpt from 1st movement: Allegro moderato)
Composed by Jean Sibelius
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A guilty pleasure.
6 September 2003 | by Draculas_guestSee all my reviews

I wouldn't consider this movie a "classic" or even particularly "great", but for some reason I really enjoy watching this film. I haven't read the book, however I used to own "The Fourth Protocol" computer game for the Commodore 64, and was vaguely familiar with the basic storyline.

I can't pinpoint what exactly it is I like about this movie, but I did enjoy seeing Michael Caine as a British agent tracking down the nuclear bomb. I could probably watch a whole series of films based around his character. I also liked some of the other characters and I think it had a good cast of actors. The workings of government agents was very compelling to watch, but it was good to see that the film wasn't overwhelmed by ridiculous gadgets and stuck to the drama involved.

The 80's technology in the film also had an element of nostalgia about it. This film reminds me of a bygone age of the BBC Micro and Ford transit vans. In fact, I love watching the film just to see the various parts of England as well.

I liked the fact that its a rather 'quiet' movie, but I do think it needed to be re-edited. Some parts of the film just skimmed through major plot developments without giving them time to breath, and other times the film would show a character hopping from various locations in England without giving a sense of the travelling in between. Watching this film would give the impression that England is only about 10 miles wide! Some elements of the film really needed to be fleshed out a bit more.

This isn't the sort of movie I would go to a cinema to see, its more of a "Friday night in" movie that I would watch on TV. I would only recommend it to someone if they were die-hard fans of this genre.


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