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      The Fourth Man

      Released Mar 24, 1983 1 hr. 44 min. Horror List
      100% 11 Reviews Tomatometer 81% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score A writer (Jeroen Krabbé) suspects that his lover (Renée Soutendijk), a woman widowed three times, may be responsible for her husbands' deaths. Read More Read Less

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      cinephile f Verhoeven is one of my favorite directors of all time so I had to watch it. I liked it though it is certainly quite distasteful in many parts (the religious and sexual elements) and absolutely for adults. I would recommend it though I didn't love it as much as some other films of his. It is a much better film than Basic Instinct and clearly where that inspiration came from. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review júlio a Rapaz....que filme curioso. Fotografia maravilhosa! Falar mais é estragar o filme.... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review david l Paul Verhoeven himself admitted that he overdid the religious references and pretentious artsy elements in The Fourth Man and I wholeheartedly agree with his assessment. The movie felt a bit too obvious in those elements, almost acting as a self-parody of sorts. The ending was too ambiguous as well. Still, this is an entirely original psychological horror thriller that benefits from a fascinating script, superbly developed protagonist, excellent exploration of his sexuality and some quite memorable dark imagery. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review William L "What you make of reality is infinitely more interesting than reality itself." A thriller combining death and passion through the very specfic context of Catholicism, but also which may or may not take place entirely in the head of its protagonist, Krabbé's Gerard. Verhoeven's final film in his native Dutch before jogging on down to Hollywood is full of many of his distinctive themes - particularly sexually explicit content (you'd think Gerard's full frontal would play a bigger role in the film, but it was kind of just Verhoeven Verhoevening) and social satire, particularly the depiction of organized religion as a crutch that others have created in order to establish a sense of security in a chaotic and threatening world. With its strange imagery, nudity, and presentation of a bisexual main character without major fault brought about by his orientation, I imagine the first description that audiences in the United States gave of The 4th Man is that it is 'very European'. However, compared to the other works by the director that I'm familiar with, this film is one of the most carefully constructed from the ground up; nothing feels extraneous and it all contributes to a complex portrayal of a main character, a conflict of uncertain nature, and a heavily allegorical design. (3.5/5) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/28/21 Full Review Audience Member Tense, erotic, and unpredictable, Verhoeven's brilliantly mind-bending and literate thriller is a masterclass in cinematic language, directed with purpose and edited with a razor's edge to twist gender, sexuality, and genre like a knife in the heart. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review s r 1001 movies to see before you die. Weird, interesting and well made, but not my cuppa. It was on Internet Archive. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Chase Burns The Stranger (Seattle, WA) The 4th Man is delightfully gory and full of style. Jan 20, 2022 Full Review Jas Keimig The Stranger (Seattle, WA) The 4th Man is delightfully gory and full of style. Dec 8, 2021 Full Review Ángel Luis Inurria El Pais (Spain) Suggestive, provocative, and in a certain way disturbing. [Full Review in Spanish] Apr 9, 2020 Full Review Jake Euker F5 (Wichita, KS) Rated: 3/5 Mar 9, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 4/5 Jul 19, 2005 Full Review Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion Rated: 4/5 Nov 3, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A writer (Jeroen Krabbé) suspects that his lover (Renée Soutendijk), a woman widowed three times, may be responsible for her husbands' deaths.
      Paul Verhoeven
      Gerard Reve, Gerard Soeteman
      Media Home Entertainment, Image Entertainment Inc.
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 24, 1983, Original
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