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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Preston
... Valeri Petrofsky / James Edward Ross
... Borisov / Pavel Petrovic
... Irina Vassilievna
... Brian Harcourt-Smith
... Sir Bernard Hemmings
... General Karpov
... Sir Nigel Irvine
... George Berenson
... Angela Berenson
Joseph Brady ... Carmichael
Betsy Brantley ... Eileen McWhirter
... Captain Lyndhurst
... Tom McWhirter
Jerry Harte ... Professor Krilov
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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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If the Fourth Protocol is ever breached, there would be no warning, just a nuclear explosion from a bedsitter...The unthinkable has just begun... See more »

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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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O Quarto Protocolo  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,423,831
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Debut film as an Executive Producer for author Frederick Forsyth. See more »

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Preston performs the break-in on New Year's Eve. He is later assigned to Airports and Ports, discovers the Polonium disc from the courier off the ship, has it identified, writes his report, and is subsequently suspended from duty. However when he goes home and his son is playing, there is a Christmas tree with lights on in the house. This means that unless he has ignored the tradition of removing Christmas decorations by Twelfth Night - January 6 - all of the above would have taken place in 6 days. As this would have included January 1 - a Bank Holiday - and at least one day of a weekend, this timescale is highly unlikely. See more »

Quotes

John Preston: [a defenseless Petrofsky is shot dead by SAS] We needed to TALK to him!
Captain Lyndhurst: [Matter-of-fact] Sorry, boss... orders!
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Connections

Referenced in Riot on 42nd St. (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

We Shall Overcome
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Musical and Lyrical adaptation by Zilphia Horton, Frank Hamilton, Guy Carawan and Pete Seeger
Sung by the protesters at the air force base
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absorbing thriller
27 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

I was quite surprised to see that this movie got a 5.9 rating. I think that it's a lot better than that. Brosnan is good, the plot is sufficiently tricky to be interesting, and Caine delivers the kind of reliable, excellent performance that you can count on (at least when the movie isn't total junk -- he only seems to phone it in when the movie is entirely hopeless). The ending is a little abrupt, but I can't find any fault with it other than that. (The cast is uniformly strong, too.) Maybe people underrate the movie because the movie is low-budget. It looks like a British TV-movie, and maybe it was, but I find it easy to get past the production values when the acting is good.

I've seen it twice, and it holds up to a second viewing.


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