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The Four Feathers (1978)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Romance  -  1 January 1978 (USA)
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Lieutenant Faversham resigns his officer's commission rather than fight in the Sudan war.His army pals mockingly present him with four white feathers for cowardice.Lieutenant Faversham regains his honor by fighting in the Sudan incognito.

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While his regiment is sent to the Sudan to battle the insurgent Arab tribes Lieutenant Faversham resigns his officer's commission in order to remain with his fiancée Ethne in England. His friends and his fiancée brand him a coward and present him with four white feathers. Lieutenant Faversham decides to regain his honor by fighting in the Sudan incognito. While in the Sudan he saves the lives of his former fellow officers. Written by Anonymous

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They made him a hero by branding him a coward . . . the story of a man who conquered fear


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As the prisoners are being herded just before they escape, the handcuffs fall off one of Harry's wrists and he grabs it and holds it on as he shuffles along. See more »

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Version of The Four Feathers (1929) See more »

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I still like this version of "The Four Feathers" than the other versions!
22 June 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I remembered seeing this TV movie a long time ago when I was a kid. I thought it was a thrilling film! A young Englishman decides not to go off to fight in the war and is branded a coward by all his friends, including his girlfriend! They all gave this man four feathers to shame him for being a coward. But Harry Faversham proves to be no coward because he manages to save all of his friends' lives, win back his girl and tell his father off! I loved the costumes and the scenery and the great action scenes. I thought the acting was pretty wonderful too. One of the best scenes is when Harry stands up to his father and tells him that he won't be a soldier for him, and if Harry had any children, he would never pressure them to be something that they do not want to be. Jane Seymour is lovely as usual in these types of costume dramas. Her Ethne had a lot more fire and spirit than the Ethne played by June Duprez in the 1939 remake. Jane Seymour made me totally believe that Ethne was remorseful for driving Harry away and that she still loves him no matter what. The ending of the movie has the two lovers, Harry and Ethne together again, was very romantic to me.

I don't understand about the politics of the times where "The Four Feathers" are in, so I can't comment on that. All I can say is, this movie is engaging, fast moving and poignant. One of the better remakes of this classic tale, and definitely much better than that terrible recent remake with Heath Ledger (kinda blah in this movie) and Kate Hodson (horrible, horrible, horrible, the wrong role for her!). I give this movie an "A" for entertainment!


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