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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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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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

K.G.B. Agent Major Valeri Petrofsky has been reassigned at the request of the K.G.B. 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 U.S.S.R. 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 which 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 of a freighter and 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, ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,636,831, 30 August 1987

Gross USA:

$12,423,831

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,423,831
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fourth Protocol See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was released three years after its source novel was published. See more »

Goofs

The van's blue number plate gets smashed when trying to escape the traffic jam, yet is intact later. See more »

Quotes

Sir Nigel Irvine: Hello, George. Had a good holiday? Not missing anything, are you?
[lays out George's stolen diamonds]
Sir Nigel Irvine: These are yours, I believe. But these, beyond a doubt...
[lays out the stolen NATO documents]
Sir Nigel Irvine: Never were.
George Berenson: I don't suppose there's very much I can say, is there?
Sir Nigel Irvine: I don't know. Try me.
George Berenson: All right. Well, for years now I have adopted the attitude that there was only one struggle on the planet worth a damn: the fight against world communism. And, it has long seemed to me ridiculous that the most ...
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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 The Tom Green Show: Tom, Don't Quit Your Day Job... (1999) 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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The usual Caine, the better Brosnan
15 February 2002 | by Rakesh KumarSee all my reviews

Forget Brosnan's performance in the Bond movies or the recent excellent Tailor of Panama. His cold, calculative KGB agent in The Fourth Protocol should have told us what a wonderful actor he is. Made in 1987, the film is closer to its older brother (The Days of Jackal, also by Frederick Forsyth) than the spy films starring Michael Caine, as I originally thought it would be. The pace is slow, but thoughtful. Like Jackal, we get to see Brosnan making preparation to bring in the bomb and piecing it together. We also get to see Caine, 'the rebel' of M16 tracking him down. Great show!


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