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The Fourth Angel (2001)

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A man seeks justice after his wife and two daughters are gunned down in a terrorist attack.

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John Irvin

Writers:

Robin Hunter (novel), Allan Scott (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Jack Elgin
Forest Whitaker ... Bernard
Jason Priestley ... Henry Davidson
Briony Glassco ... Maria Elgin
Charlotte Rampling ... Kate
Lois Maxwell ... Olivia
Timothy West ... Jones
Joel Pitts Joel Pitts ... Andrew Elgin
Anna Maguire ... Joanne Elgin
Holly Boyd Holly Boyd ... Julia Elgin
Kal Weber ... Kulindos
Ian McNeice ... Lewison
Bill Armstrong Bill Armstrong ... Perry (as William Armstrong)
Garrick Hagon ... Duguay
Serge Soric Serge Soric ... Ivanic Loyvek
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Storyline

The Economist reporter Jack Elgin, a workaholic, takes his family on a working trip to India, where he is to interview the PM. But their US airplane is hijacked in Limassol (Cyprus) by the unknown August 15 terrorist movement, which ends up in a bloodbath. Jack can save his pre-teen son Andrew, literally in his arms, but his wife and two daughters are among the slaughter victims. Western governments seem unwilling to go after the fiends, even hiding the identity of a high-profile victim. Although now a single father, Jack uses all his contacts and snooping skill to seek the truth himself. A London-based Serbian free newspaper editor sets him on the trail of four Balkanic killers, but is murdered. Jack decides to exact revenge himself, tipped-off by Sûreté-contact Duguay. Meanwhile US embassy official Davidson and FBI Special Agent Jules Bernard play a key part in the official, MI5-lead investigation, which ends up crossing Jack's path. Written by KGF Vissers

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Sometimes revenge is the only solution. See more »

Genres:

Thriller | Drama | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | French | Serbo-Croatian

Release Date:

18 January 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

El cuarto ángel See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lois Maxwell's final film project. See more »

Goofs

Several times supposed correspondence of the Serbian terrorists is shown in the Latin Alphabet. Serbian is written in the Cyrillic alphabet whereas Croatian is written in the Latin Alphabet. See more »

Quotes

Davidson: If you come up with something interesting, well, shit happens. Unofficially.
Jack Elgin: My son has just lost his mother! I think it's important that I stick around!
Davidson: Maybe you owe them more than that.
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Undertouted and underestimated
2 March 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

"The Fourth Angel" tells of one man's quest for retribution beyond all reason as he, the protag (Irons), takes on a bunch of hijackers while trying to avoid inquiries from government agents. Typically British in its austerity of production, this flick makes for a good middle-tier drama by creating a series of believable moral and practical dilemmas to which the well portrayed protagonist must react. A satisfying though not sterling blend of action, intrigue, and human drama, "The Fourth Angel" is not a no-brainer and, considering the complexity of the intrigue over the run time, is very well managed throughout. Not for Hollywood blockbuster freaks, this little import now on cable is well worth a look for those into foreign intrigue and movies that make you think but not too much. (B)


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