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The Fourth War
The Fourth War
is a 1990 film directed by John Frankenheimer, set in West Germany of late 1980s. Its title stems from a famous quote by Albert Einstein: "I cannot predict how the Third World War shall be fought, or with what; I can, however, predict that the Fourth World War shall be waged with sticks and stones." Colonel Jack Knowles(Roy Scheider) is a tough, professional soldier who was decorated for gallantry in Vietnam. However the same gung ho mentality that made Knowles a hero in wartime makes him a dangerous loose cannon in peacetime. He is stationed at an outpost on the West German-Czechoslovakia border and immediately gets into a dangerous personal war with his Soviet counterpart Colonel Valachev. The two men ironically have many of the same characteristics. Knowles is enraged when he has to stand by as a would be refugee is shot on the border and immediately begins crossing the border on dangerous solo missions to sabotage the enemy installations. Knowles comes into conflict with his by the book second-in-command Lieutenant Colonel Clark, and Knowles' superior, General Hackworth, angrily orders him to desist, but to no avail. The petty war between the two men threatens to escalate into a full scale conflict as they engage in hand-to-hand combat on a frozen lake with their countries' armies on both sides ready to begin a full scale war. Knowles only relents at the last moment to avoid the conflict. Cast[edit]

Roy Scheider
Roy Scheider
... Colonel Jack Knowles Jürgen Prochnow
Jürgen Prochnow
... Colonel Valachev Tim Reid
Tim Reid
... Lieutenant Colonel Clark Lara Harris ... Elena Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Dean Stanton
... General Hackworth Dale Dye
Dale Dye
... Sergeant Major

References[edit]

^ " The Fourth War
The Fourth War
(1990)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 

External links[edit]

The Fourth War
The Fourth War
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Films directed by John Frankenheimer

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(1956) (TV) The Young Stranger
The Young Stranger
(1957) The Young Savages
The Young Savages
(1961) All Fall Down (1962) Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) The Manchurian Candidate (1962) Seven Days in May
Seven Days in May
(1964) The Train (1964) Seconds (1966) Grand Prix (1966) The Fixer (1968) The Extraordinary Seaman
The Extraordinary Seaman
(1969) The Gypsy Moths
The Gypsy Moths
(1969) I Walk the Line (1970) The Horsemen (1971) The Iceman Cometh (1973) Impossible Object
Impossible Object
(1973) 99 and 44/100% Dead
99 and 44/100% Dead
(1974) French Connection II
French Connection II
(1975) Black Sunday (1977) Prophecy (1979) The Challenge (1982) The Holcroft Covenant (1985) 52 Pick-Up
52 Pick-Up
(1986) Dead Bang
Dead Bang
(1989) The Fourth War
The Fourth War
(1990) Year of the Gun (1991) Against the Wall (1994) The Burning Season (1994) Andersonville (1996) The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) George Wallace (1997) Ronin (1998) Reindeer Games
Reindeer Games
(2000) Path to War
Path to War
(2002)

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