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The Fourth War finds director John Frankenheimer delving into the same Cold-war territory he'd previously cultivated in films like The Manchurian Candidate. Col. Jack Knowles (Roy Scheider), serving at a faraway post on the German-Czech border, carries on a personal war with his Soviet counterpart, Colonel Valachev (Jurgen Prochnow). Both have been hardened by past combat experiences, and both have been embittered by the exigencies of red tape, bureaucracy, and diplomatic deal-making. Their friendly rivalry snowballs (literally so!) into a guerilla-like combat situation, culminating in a one-on-one showdown. It's essentially a shaggy dog story, but a compelling one. Based on a novel by Stephen Peters, The Fourth War was given surprisingly short shrift by Cannon Films' distribution channels. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 23, 1990

Cast

Roy Scheider
as Col. Jack Knowles
Jürgen Prochnow
as Col. N.A. Valachev
Tim Reid
as Lt. Col. Timothy Clark
Lara Harris
as Elena Novotna
Harry Dean Stanton
as Gen. Hackworth
Dale Dye
as Sergeant Major
Bill MacDonald
as MP Corporal
Brent Woolsey
as Red Army Major
Brian Warren
as MP & Wide Soldier
Claus Diedrich
as Frontier Police Captain
David Palffy
as Gawky Soldier
Ed Soibelman
as Red Private #2
Ernie Jackson
as Knowles' Driver
Alice Pesta
as Hannelore
Gary Spivak
as Red Army Private
George Scholl
as Innkeeper
Gordon Signer
as Bavarian Farmer
Guy Buller
as Czech Guard
Boris Novogrudsky
as Aide to Valachev
Henry Kope
as Mayor
Igor Burstyn
as Czech Tower Guard
Joseph Vrba
as Czech Guard
Kent McNeill
as US Private
Kurt Darmohray
as Villager
Kyle Maschmeyer
as Villager #1
Lilo Bahr
as Innkeeper's Wife
Matus Ginzberg
as Puppeteer
Neil Grahn
as Needle-Nose Soldier
Richard Durven
as Young Soldier
Roman Podhora
as Czech Guard #1
Ron Campbell
as Young US Soldier
Yefim Korduner
as Red Army Major #1

Crew

John Frankenheimer
Director
Wolf Schmidt
Producer
Sam Perlmutter
Producer
William Stuart
Producer
Robert L. Rosen
Producer
Kenneth Ross
Screenwriter
Stephen Peters
Book Author
Stephen Peters
Screenwriter
Gerry Fisher
Cinematographer
Alan Ett
Songwriter
Don Great
Songwriter
Arthur Wimperis
Featured Music
Bill Conti
Composer (Music Score)
Robert F. Shugrue
Editor
Alan Manzer
Production Designer
Richard Roberts
Art Director
Ray Summers
Costume Designer
Grant Burdette
Special Effects
Brent Woolsey
Stunts
Louis Lazzara
Makeup
Al Magallon
Makeup
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