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The Four Feathers (1978)

When British Lieutenant Faversham resigns his commission rather than fight in the 1882 Sudan war, his army pals present him with the four white feathers of cowardice.

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In 1882, while his regiment is sent to the Sudan to battle the insurgent Arab tribes, British Lieutenant Faversham resigns his officer's commission in order to remain with his fiancée Ethne in England.His fellow officers and his fiancée brand him a coward and present him with the white feathers of cowardice.Lieutenant Faversham decides to regain his honor by fighting in the Sudan incognito.He travels to the Sudan where he employs various guises to save, one by one, the lives of his former fellow officers who branded him a coward back in England.In his exploits he is aided by Abou Fatma, a young sympathetic Arab. Written by nufs68

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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 (1921) See more »

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Well done television remake of the classic adventure novel
15 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This remake is set turn of the XIX century and concerns on Harry Faversham ( Beau Bridges ) , a British officer who resigns from army and is branded as coward and given four feathers as symbols of cowardice by his engaged fiancée Ethe ( Jane Seymour ) and his three friends ( Robert Powell , Simon Ward ) and the shame his father ( Harry Andrews ). Determined to save honor and disguised himself as an Arab native he heads to Sudan against the Derviches ,where his friends live during the Kitchener campaign , expedition for defeating the ¨Madhi¨ who had vanquished General Gordon ( events developed in ¨Khartoum ¨ film with Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier ). His objective will be save the four friends from certain death and take back them and retrieve lost honours , being determined to prove his courage .

This fifth version is plenty of action, adventures, a love story , heroism and is pretty entertaining . It's a TV adaptation but exhibited at movie theater with spectacular action and interior-exterior scenes are very well done . Beau Bridges as hero is nice but Robert Powell as Jack the best friend and fellow officer is convincing , he steals the show, especially when is blinded and lost in the heat of desert. Jane Seymour as the gorgeous heroine is charming and attractive. Colorful and breathtaking cinematography by John Coquillon . The film is rightly directed by Don Sharp . Other versions of A.E.W.Mason novel are the classic(1939) by Zoltan Korda with John Clemens, Jane Duprez and Ralph Richardson, ¨ Storm over the sand ¨ (1955) by Terence Young with Anthony Steel and recent remake(2000) by S.Kapoor with Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson.


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