The Fourth Protocol
The Fourth Protocol (1987)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 28, 1987
DVD Release Date: December 25, 2012
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

"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.

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Clint Morris

A captivating, well-performed picture

Janet Maslin
New York Times

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

Cathy Burke
United Press International

The Fourth Protocol not only does what a good spy movie should do, twist and turn through treachery and deceit to the inevitable surprising conclusion, it also does what any good movie should do, entertain by telling a good story well.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Above-average spy thriller, with Brosnan making a great baddie.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

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TV Guide

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

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Brian Mckay

Decent but unremarkable spy thriller, with an intersting villain provided by Pierce Brosnan.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
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… More
Barry Lappin
Brilliant cold war thriller with the very young Brosnan acting as a baddy russian spy.....Quality.
Dean McKenna
An okay spy thriller in this wildly implausible, but moderately entertaining, adaptation by Frederick Forsyth of his own novel, Michael Caine has to stop… More
David Sayers
Remember this film being better than it is. Very dated now and it looks like a lot of it was done on the cheap but it's good to see a spy thriller where… More
The Shrewlord
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.… More