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The Four Feathers (2002)

A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.

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Mohamed Bouich ...
Sudanese Storyteller
Campbell Brown ...
Dervish Ansar
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Andy Coumbe ...
Colonel Other Regiment
Angela Douglas ...
Aunt Mary
Karim Doukkali ...
Egyptian Orderly
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Isabelle
Megan Hall ...
Millie
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Drunken Corporal
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British Lion
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Colonel Hamilton

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Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancée give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Freedom. Country. Honor. Passion. To save his best friend, one man must risk everything he loves. See more »


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20 September 2002 (USA)  »

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Les quatre plumes  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,857,879 (USA) (20 September 2002)

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$18,306,166 (USA) (27 November 2002)
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Kate Hudson turned down the chance to play Mary-Jane in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002) in order to make this film. See more »

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In the opening rugby match sequence at least three violent fouls (including what appears to be someone having his nose broken) occur before the referee blows his whistle. Even in a physical sport like rugby this wouldn't happen at an organized competition. See more »

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Title Card: By 1884 over a quarter of the earth's surface had been conquered by the British Army. There was no greater honor for a young man than to fight for Queen and Country. Those that refused the call to arms brought shame and humiliation on their friends and families...
Title Card: The Symbol of their disgrace was the white feather of cowardice...
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Version of The Four Feathers (1929) See more »

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Good Night Ladies
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Highly Underrated
9 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Four Feathers was a film that didn't receive much public interest or anticipation when released in 2002. I didn't even hear of the film until it was being advertised on STARZ as a new release on the network. I decided to flick it on not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised by the film.

Harry Faversham (Heath Ledger) is the son of a British war hero. Along with his friends, he is among the top officers being shipped to the Sudan where rebellion has broken out. Harry, unlike his friends, doesn't want to be a soldier and resigns his post. After receiving four white feathers from his friends and fiancée he decides to head to the Sudan to help his doomed friends.

The acting is top notch with Wes Bentley, Heath Ledger, and Djimon Hounsou in leading roles. The setting of the deserts of the Sudan is brilliant used in the film. The battle scenes aren't overdone and are emotionally charged. The film surprised me, with having such a great story, great acting, and great filming, I was disappointed to see it didn't get better from the critics and public.

Take my word for it, The Four Feathers is a worth see adventure/drama.

The Four Feathers. Starring: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimon Hounsou, and Kate Hudson.

3 1/2 out of 5 Stars.


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