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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 John Frankenheimer. 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
Alice Pesta
as Hannelore
Neil Grahn
as Needle-Nose Soldier
Brent Woolsey
as Red Army Major
Ed Soibelman
as Red Private #2
Claus Diedrich
as Frontier Police Captain
Richard Durven
as Young Soldier
Henry Kope
as Mayor
Matus Ginzberg
as Puppeteer
George Scholl
as Innkeeper
Joseph Vrba
as Czech Guard
Roman Podhora
as Czech Guard #1
Boris Novogrudsky
as Aide to Valachev
Kyle Maschmeyer
as Villager #1
Ron Campbell
as Young US Soldier
Igor Burstyn
as Czech Tower Guard
David Palffy
as Gawky Soldier
Gordon Signer
as Bavarian Farmer
Yefim Korduner
as Red Army Major #1
Kurt Darmohray
as Villager
Brian Warren
as MP & Wide Soldier
Lilo Bahr
as Innkeeper's Wife
Ernie Jackson
as Knowles' Driver
Guy Buller
as Czech Guard
Gary Spivak
as Red Army Private
Kent McNeill
as US Private

Crew

John Frankenheimer
Director
Sam Perlmutter
Producer
Wolf Schmidt
Producer
Robert L. Rosen
Producer
William Stuart
Producer
Kenneth Ross
Screenwriter
Stephen Peters
Book Author
Stephen Peters
Screenwriter
Gerry Fisher
Cinematographer
Bill Conti
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Ett
Songwriter
Arthur Wimperis
Featured Music
Don Great
Songwriter
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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