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The Fourth Protocol (1987)



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Scripted by Frederick Forsyth from his own novel, The Fourth Protocol is a fact-based spy thriller. The titular protocol is a secret agreement between America, Britain and Russia to cease smuggling nuclear weapons into their respective countries. This figures into the schemes of several rogue spies, who hope to destroy NATO by embarking on just such a smuggling endeavor. Russian agent Valeri Petrofsky (Pierce Brosnan) is ordered to stage a nuclear accident in England, then arrange the evidence … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Frederick Forsyth , George Axelrod , Richard Burridge
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 25, 2012
Lorimar Home Video


as John Preston

as Valeri Petrofsky/Jam...

as Borisov/Pavel Petrov...

as Eileen MacWhirter

as Jan Marais

as Capt. Lyndhurst

as Tom MacWhirter

as Brian Harcourt-Smith

as Sir Bernard Hemmings

as Prof. Krilov

as Russian Seaman

as Sir Anthony Plumb

as Maj. Pavlov

as Harry Burkinshaw

as Gen. Karpov

as Barry Banks

as Gen. Govorshin

as Timmy Preston

as Dr. Wynne-Evans

as Jerry Adrian

as Sir Nigel Irvine

as George Berenson

as Ivan Timoshenko/Wink...

as Gregoriev

as Jill Dunkley

as Jill Dunkley

as Mrs. Adrian

as Military Figure

as Dorothy

as Natasha ...

as Woman Shopper

as Russian Soldier

as Sgt. Bilbow

as Plastercast Courier

as TV Announcer

as Dresser

as Conductor

as Aeroflot Pilot

as Landlady

as Girlfriend

as Driver at Scene

as Greek Cafe Owner

as Greek Cafe Owner

as Violinist

as Girlfriend

as Scottish Policeman

as Black Kid

as Man in Overcoat

as Skinhead

as Russian Decoder

as Preston's Housekeepe...

as Boyfriend

as Black Girl on Underg...

as Imigration Officer

as Angela Berenson

as Carmichael

as Night Porter

as Kim Philby

as Jill Dunkley
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Critic Reviews for The Fourth Protocol

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

What is missing is any real tension or psychological detail that might lend plausibility to all the hocus-pocus about East-West political and military intrigue.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

''The Fourth Protocol'' is an entertaining, better-than-average variation on a format that has long since stopped offering anything new.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

An engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of the bestselling spy thriller by Frederick Forsyth. n engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of the bestselling spy thriller by Frederick Forsyth.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

"Protocol" is espionage as exhilarating as the better Bond but with less of the winky camp. This is deadly stuff: We see just how easy atomic terrorism would be.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A competent, if unremarkable, espionage thriller that is enjoyable while it lasts and forgotten moments after the credits roll.

Full Review… | August 12, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Fourth Protocol

ome comments on this film have stated that there are unnecessary killings of agents or witnesses, this is done to show the politics of the film and how there must be no trace back to those who planned the operation, whilst also portraying that petrofsky is a lethal killer, and as Caine says in the film "the best". A great story, and very believable, spies that remain hidden from each other and no excruciating scene where the bad guy reveals his plot to the good guy. Would have been interesting to see what would have happened if the operation had turned out differently, or the ending for that matter!

Of course one of the best things about this film is the acting as previously stated by other people. Caine brings his character to life and is very believable in the role of John Preston, the agent who cares, and will "bend" the rules to make sure things get down. Brosnan is similarly good, his character will stop at nothing to complete his mission, he is a stone cold killer and this is portrayed well, he doesn't let anything get in the way of the mission.

All in all a very good little film, much better than some of the tripe we get from Hollywood and with one of the finest British casts i've seen in some time.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


An okay spy thriller in this wildly implausible, but moderately entertaining, adaptation by Frederick Forsyth of his own novel, Michael Caine has to stop Russians exploding one of the atomic bombs American keeps in Britain.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A lot more action orientated than the Frederick Forsyth novel that it was based on and Michael Caine's character is, equally, far more of an action hero. Whilst it may have been deemed necessary to beef up the action to make a more exciting film, it loses some on the book's logic, depth and flow.

The Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

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