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The Four Feathers (1939)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  3 August 1939 (USA)
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A British army officer who resigns his commission on the eve of his unit's embarkation to a mission against Egyptian rebels seeks to redeem his cowardice by secretly aiding his former ... See full summary »

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A British army officer who resigns his commission on the eve of his unit's embarkation to a mission against Egyptian rebels seeks to redeem his cowardice by secretly aiding his former comrades disguised as an Arab. When his unit is overwhelmed and captured by the rebels, the hero finds an opportunity to return the 'feathers' of cowardice sent to him by his former comrades by freeing them. Written by Anonymous

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3 August 1939 (USA)  »

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General Burroughs (C. Aubrey Smith) refers to the "Thin Red Line" at the Battle of Balaclava as the 68th (Durham) Regiment under his command. The Thin Red Line was the 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment under the command of Sir Colin Campbell. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Harraz: Why worry? Be a coward and be happy.
Harry Faversham: I AM a coward, Doctor. If I'd been anything but a soldier I might have lived my whole life and concealed it. But to be a soldier AND a coward is to be an impostor, a menace to the men whose lives are in your hands.
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Opening credits: In 1885 the rebellious army of cruel dervishes enslaved and killed many thousands of defenceless natives in the Sudan, then laid siege to Khartoum. The scanty garrison's heroic commander, General Gordon appealed for help from England - but no help reached him. See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Lives in my memory as a true classic of the British Empire
6 September 2002 | by (London, ON) – See all my reviews

I cannot recall when I first saw this movie, certainly more than 30 years ago, but it is one that I've never forgotten and watch again whenever I can. Of the actors, only Ralph Richardson and C. Aubrey Smith are familiar. However, the ensemble play of the lesser known actors is certainly outstanding. I can still remember the determination of young Faversham desperately trying to regain his honor and his girl. After all these years I don't remember the finer details, but the film as a whole, as well as the book on which it is based are classics, and I'm certain Miklos Rozsa's lush strains added much to the overall effect. It's a film well worth seeing for those who enjoy derring-do and historical drama. I've never seen any of the other versions to see if I enjoyed them even half as much.


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