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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 »

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Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

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Language:

English | Russian | Czech

Release Date:

23 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

4'üncü savas See more »

Filming Locations:

Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,305,887
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

German actor Jürgen Prochnow was cast as the Eastern European Soviet commander Colonel Valachev in this 1988-set cold war movie after having starred as the German U-boat commander Captain-Lieutenant Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock in the successful Oscar nominated West German 1981 World War II movie Das Boot (1981) which had been made and first released about nine years earlier. See more »


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Written by Don Great, Andrea Great and Alan Ett
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Furiously intense.
27 March 2001 | by mhasheiderSee all my reviews

A furiously intense story that takes place shortly after the Cold War where an American colonel (Roy Scheider - "Jaws") who has a troubled past, picks a fight with a high-ranking Soviet military officer, (Jurgen Prochnow - "Das Boot") that nearly escelates into a Tarantino-like standoff. Scheider and Prochnow are both good and so is Harry Dean Stanton ("The Straight Story"), who plays Scheider's superior officer and an old war buddy who is concerned about his friend. Director John Frankenheimer ("Ronin") is smart in making the film go smoothly and I got kick out of the scene where Prochnow and two other Russian officers briefly watch an American (college) football game on t.v., question it, and laugh at it.


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