The Fourth Protocol

The Fourth Protocol (1987)

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Corrected entry: General Karpov blackmails Professor Krilov into revealing the details of the plot by threatening to expose his son's homosexuality, which he says will result in his deportation to a prison camp. In fact as a highly placed Acadamecian like Krilov would surely know, homosexuality was not illegal in the USSR - it was legalised in 1922. Though officially frowned upon nowadays (though it is still legal) in the years the film was set there would have been no action taken against Krilov's son simply because he was gay.

Correction: Stalin recriminalised it in 1933 with Article 121 of the Soviet Union criminal code, which made male homosexuality a crime punishable by up to five years in prison with hard labor. It was still a crime in the time period of this movie. Article 121 was eventually repealed in 1993. Karpov is also threatening to reveal that Krilov had an affair with an American CIA agent while on a diplomatic mission, a gross and seriously criminal dereliction of duty.

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Continuity mistake: When the troops are closing in around the house, Pierce Brosnan is listening to Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony. At one point the music is reaching the end, then it cuts to a shot of a soldier moving in closer, and when it cuts back the piece is finishing - however, the difference in time between the last bit we heard and the end isn't long enough for it really to have finished.

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