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The Fourth Protocol (Special Edition) [DVD]

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Joanna Cassidy, Michael Gough, Ian Richardson
  • Directors: John Mackenzie
  • Writers: George Axelrod, Richard Burridge, Frederick Forsyth
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,731 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Cold War thriller adapted by Frederick Forsyth from his own bestseller. When Soviet spy Valeri Petrofsky (Pierce Brosnan) is charged with bringing about the demise of NATO, he decides his best bet is to detonate an American nuclear bomb at a British air base. The only man who can stand in his way is veteran counter-espionage expert John Preston (Michael Caine), but he must fight the opposition of his bosses before they agree to take the threat seriously.


Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal) wrote the novel and screenplay of The Fourth Protocol, a story about a plot to stage an enormous nuclear accident in England, a catastrophe so large that its source can never be identified but will lead to assumptions that America is behind it. Michael Caine plays an ageing intelligence agent who picks up clues that the ingredients for such an apocalypse are being smuggled piece-by-piece into the UK--but he cannot seem to get his superiors to care. Caine is outstanding in a role that seems tailor-made for him and Pierce Brosnan is very good as the Russian agent working undercover in England to affect the planned tragedy. The film perfectly captures a spreading suspicion and resentment toward superpower adventurism, even though such sentiments are in fact being exploited by the bad guys. Caine, as always, suggests a man walking a narrow line through a gauntlet of moral compromises. --Tom Keogh, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mario on 26 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
This is another film where the burden of outdated technology rather amusingly dates it. Other things that date it are a some pretty average dialogue and a pretty average plot in the sense that the film is pretty well plot-driven, so twists and turns need to be pretty surprising to work. That doesn't seem to be the case here -we can pretty much see what's happening. In a sense this is Forsyth does Le Carre but without the accumulation of convincing details or characterization. Forsyth deals in ciphers and that might be fine in a big novel like The D of the J as it enables him to accumulate plot details. Here it's all done in less than two hours so unless you work hard on the atmospherics to replace them, it ends up like a 2 hour tv thriller. Caine is a good actor often but probably needs direction more than we think. He's sort of doing a 'brilliant' latter-day Harry Palmer but with none of that character's edge or insolence. Here, he just retains his roughness compared to Julian Glover's caricatured 'posh boy' but his aggression in a confrontation scene is unconvincing with one hand in his pocket. Otherwise it's 'amazing' how he can 'work it out' but no one else can by - err - 'recognising' the guy he once saw. And all because of a hold up outside of Ipswich. On such things did the Cold War depend. It is not unwatchable but there are older films which feel much less 'badly' dated.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on 2 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
In the 1960s Michael Caine appeared in a series of spy movies as Len Deighton's fictional cold war hero Harry Palmer. Then in 1986 Caine appeared again in much the same mold except in this instance, since it was based on a book by Frederick Forsyth, his character had a different name, even though in image and style he was very much a Palmer clone.
Forsyth has had a number of his works adapted into movies. In the 1970s we had such classics as THE ODESSA FILE and DAY OF THE JACKAL and even Christopher Walken fresh off his Oscar for THE DEER HUNTER appeared in 1980s DOGS OF WAR based on another bestseller. This mid-1980s entry is perhaps a little grittier in tone and more frightening in scope then the other movies mentioned and is ultimately fascinating as much for the picture it paints of the machinations of the intelligence community as for the intrigue played out on screen.
One needs to understand the political context in which this sly political thriller was written to appreciate it.
Today we are consumed with tackling terrorism but back in the 1980s the big threat was the Soviet Union and its nuclear arsenal. Indeed there were regular protests outside the American airbase of Greenham Common when people expressed their displeasure at the presence of cruise missiles.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this movie for today's audience is the appearance of a pre-007 Pierce Brosnan as a Russian spy. Having been forced to decline the role of James Bond in 1986 Brosnan instead appeared in this movie as one of the key villains of the piece - and what a nasty piece of work he is. Cold and emotionaless Brosnan's character obeys his orders without question and one wishes that he had played 007 more like this.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Oct 2003
Format: DVD
This film features Michael caine as a sort of aged Harry Palmer (the character he played in 'The Ipcress File')Who is still involved with the usual devious schemes against the Russians during the cold war. Yes, the usual faces pop up as the KGB Generals but unlike all the other cold war thrillers we find Pierce Brosnan as the KGB spy sent to England for a spot of extreme sabotage. This is a part which he plays well even though he pouts far more than any incarnation as James Bond, (In this film you would think that every time he walks into a room he is looking for the nearest mirror). He does however show us a ruthless side killing anyone he is ordered to from using a knife to the bootlid of his car!

But like I said, Caine's part is the same kind of character from 'The Ipcress File', just as cheeky with a great deal of humour (his insubordination ammounts to the same as a two fingered salute) and his colleague shows the most exciting way to get out of a traffic jam.
The only drawback is the gooey relationship Caine has with his son,fortunatley this is not a big part of the story and is featured very little.
The out of character use of the 'F' word at the end by Caine is a bit pointless and shows that Caine did get rattled even though one of the good points of the film is the composure he keeps against all the amounting odds.
A totally miscast Ned Beatty is a little confusing, Is he another defector or is he really supposed to be a true all Russian Communist?
Having said that the overall impression of this film is one which is highly entertaining, a well made thriller which pits Caine not only against the Russians but also against his disbelieving superiors.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
After watching THE FOURTH PROTOCOL, I'm left wondering why British actors seem to make the most accomplished spies in releases for the Silver Screen, both big and small. In my mind, the top trio is Michael Caine (as Harry Palmer), Sean Connery (as "007"), and Alec Guinness (as George Smiley). Perhaps it's because, in real life, the UK's international spy agency, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), has so much more traditional panache than the Yanks' CIA. In MI6, martinis are no doubt "shaken, not stirred". It wouldn't surprise me to learn that the drink of choice in the Central Intelligence Agency is simply light beer.
Here, Michael Caine plays John Preston, a domestic Security Service (MI5) agent on the wrong side of his boss. After being banished to Ports and Harbours, Preston stumbles across evidence that the Soviets are smuggling an atomic bomb into the UK. And indeed they are, as part of a renegade plot by KGB Director Govershin (Alan North) to re-heat the Cold War during the days of détente in the late 1980s. Govershin's infiltrates his superagent, Valeri Petrofsky (Pierce Brosnan), who's assumed the English identity of James Ross, to co-ordinate assembly of the explosive device next to a U.S. air base that stores nuclear bombs. Detonation of the Red nuke will thus be blamed on American carelessness, causing stress on the Anglo-American alliance.
More than a decade after the collapse of the U.S.S.R, the plot of THE FOURTH PROTOCOL, which is above average in entertainment value, approaches being quaint, though the danger of a "suitcase nuke" remains real enough in today's world of pan-national terrorism. The real joy of the film is watching Caine's portrayal of the cheekily insubordinate Preston.
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