- Actors: Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Ned Beatty, Joanna Cassidy, Julian Glover
- Directors: John Mackenzie
- Writers: Frederick Forsyth, George Axelrod, Richard Burridge
- Producers: Michael Caine, Frederick Forsyth, Timothy Burrill, Wafic Said
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: ITV DVD
- DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2003
- Run Time: 114 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000C88LH
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,023 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 wrote both 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 effect 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
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Unlike the James Bond films, this movie doesn't glamorise the business of spying. In fact, it refreshingly shows how mundane the whole thing can be, very similar to The Ipcress File. One point that should be made is that Caine ISN'T reprising his role of Harry Palmer here. This is John Preston, MI5 intelligence officer in the 1980s. He's a worldly-wise type who's seen it all before but remains dedicated to his work at the Security Service. Pierce Brosnan is also excellent as the cold ruthless KGB officer Valeri Petrofsky, who is assigned to detonate a nuclear bomb on a US Air Force base in England.
The film is good in that it portrays the monotony of the initial investigation but as time goes by you can feel the tension rise as Preston's investigation nears its conclusion & ultimately becomes a race against time...
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