Review: ‘The Fourth Protocol’

The Fourth Protocol is a decidedly contempo thriller, a tale of vying masterspies and a chase to head off a nuclear disaster. Its edge is a fine aura of realism.

The Fourth Protocol is a decidedly contempo thriller, a tale of vying masterspies and a chase to head off a nuclear disaster. Its edge is a fine aura of realism.

Novelist Frederick Forsyth, who also was an executive producer, adapted the pic from his book.

The story is pretty straightforward. A ruthless KGB head plans to detonate a nuclear bomb close to a US airbase in England so the Brits blame the Yanks and the NATO alliance will collapse.

What follows is a good old-fashioned race against time as Caine tracks down his Russian alter ego Major Petrofsky (Pierce Brosnan) and after a hand-to-hand scuffle manages to defuse the bomb.

Michael Caine as a maverick counterespionage expert gives a thorough performance in a part that doesn’t really stretch his abilities.

The Fourth Protocol

UK

Production

Rank. Director John Mackenzie; Producer Timothy Burrill; Screenplay Frederick Forsyth; Camera Phil Meheuy; Editor Graham Walker; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director Alan Cameron

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 119 MIN.

With

Michael Caine Pierce Brosnan Joanna Cassidy Ned Beatty Ray McAnally Ian Richardson
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