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The Fourth War (1990)

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Cold War drama about two gung-ho border commanders (Roy Scheider, Jurgen Prochnow) who carry out their own private war against each other on the German - Czechoslovakia border.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Stephen Peters (novel), Stephen Peters (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Col. Jack Knowles
Jürgen Prochnow ... Col. Valachev
Tim Reid ... Lt. Col. Clark
Lara Harris ... Elena
Harry Dean Stanton ... Gen. Hackworth
Dale Dye ... Sergeant Major
William MacDonald ... MP Corporal
David Palffy ... Gawky Soldier
Neil Grahn Neil Grahn ... Needle-Nose Soldier
Ernie Jackson Ernie Jackson ... Knowles Driver
Ron Campbell Ron Campbell ... Young US Soldier
John Dodds John Dodds ... Defector
Richard Durven Richard Durven ... Young Soldier
Harold Hecht Jr. Harold Hecht Jr. ... Dwayne
Alice Pesta Alice Pesta ... Hannelore
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Storyline

Can a war veteran survive when there is no war? Hardly so. And it is all the more difficult when there are two war heroes! Posted on each side of the Czech-West German border, US colonel Jack Knowles and his Soviet counterpart Colonel Valachev, have been champing at the bit since Gorbachev launched his Glasnost policy. Fortunately for them, a serious border incident (the killing of a defector) will allow them to resume war. A private war first, but a war that will involve a serious troop confrontation. Bad for Gorbachev, good for the two sworn enemies who had been craving for action... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Two proud heroes with no one left to fight... But each other. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Russian | Czech

Release Date:

23 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hjältarnas krig See more »

Filming Locations:

Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,305,887
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though set in Eastern Europe on the border between Czechoslovakia and West Germany, the picture was actually shot in the province of Alberta in Canada which doubled for the Eastern block region of the environs of the German-Czechoslovak border. See more »


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Swingin' Times
Written by Don Great, Andrea Great and Alan Ett
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Absurd and teetering on "black comedy" ........
7 December 2013 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Throw out logic, and enjoy the absurdity of "The Fourth War". The acting by Roy Scheider, and especially Harry Dean Stanton is terrific. The snowy landscapes are photographed to best advantage. Now about the story. Scheider is a maverick Army Comanding Officer on a personal vendetta against the Russians across the Czech border. His wild jaunts into Communist territory provokes a Soviet Officer, Jurgen Prochnow to respond. Their personal battle eventually escalates toward an international incident that threatens to erupt into war. If you allow yourself to be drawn into the maniacal plot, while overlooking the implausibilities, there is dark humor, and a creative story to enjoy. - MERK


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