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The Fourth War (1990)

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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.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Stephen Peters (novel), Stephen Peters (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Col. Jack Knowles
Jürgen Prochnow ... Col. Valachev
Tim Reid ... Lt. Col. Clark
Lara Harris ... Elena
Harry Dean Stanton ... Gen. Hackworth
Dale Dye ... Sergeant Major
William MacDonald ... MP Corporal
David Palffy ... Gawky Soldier
Neil Grahn Neil Grahn ... Needle-Nose Soldier
Ernie Jackson Ernie Jackson ... Knowles Driver
Ron Campbell Ron Campbell ... Young US Soldier
John Dodds John Dodds ... Defector
Richard Durven Richard Durven ... Young Soldier
Harold Hecht Jr. Harold Hecht Jr. ... Dwayne
Alice Pesta Alice Pesta ... Hannelore
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Storyline

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. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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The title "The Fourth War" is derived from a famous quote from Albert Einstein which states: "I cannot predict how the Third World War shall be fought, or with what; I can, however, predict that the Fourth World War shall be waged with sticks and stones". Similarly, the film's closing epilogue states: "I cannot predict what breed of weapons will be employed in the waging of the Third World War; what I can predict is that the Fourth World War shall be fought with sticks and stones". See more »


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Written by Don Great, Andrea Great and Alan Ett
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Silly but fun
6 February 2001 | by rps-2See all my reviews

The premise of this film is totally off the wall. Yet it's good entertainment as two hardened soldiers fight their own personal war across the iron curtain. Almost too bad that the cold war is over because they don't make movies like this anymore. Roy Scheider and Jurgen Prochnow give the capable performances one would expect of them but the outstanding performer is Harry Dean Stockton as the US general.He was top notch.

It's really a silly idea for a movie. But what the heck. I enjoyed it!


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Russian | Czech

Release Date:

23 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$776,449, 25 March 1990

Gross USA:

$1,305,887

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,305,887
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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