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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.
Absolutely my favorite version of the 3 versions I have seen. I think the actors are part of it as I've always enjoyed Beau Bridges and Jane Seymour in this movie was breathtaking. You could identify with the characters, a guy torn between love and duty pressured by an overbearing father where it's his way or no way. A woman who is expected to support her man without question no matter how dangerous his 'duty' may be. Friends who expect their buddy to stick with them because that's what a man in the late 19th century does. A likable hero, gorgeous love interest, plenty of action and a happy ending.......What more could you ask for??
Although it pales next to the 1939 classic version, as a made-for-television
feature this film is well worth watching. It tells the story of a young
Englishman driven to extreme lengths to prove to himself & his friends that
he is not a coward.
Surrounded by a fine British cast, Beau Bridges might seem wrongly cast in the main role, but he does a stalwart job throughout. Good action scenes set in Muslim Africa. Co-stars include Jane Seymour, Harry Andrews (great as Bridges' fierce old father), Robert Powell, Richard Johnson, Simon Ward, David Robb & Robin Bailey.
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
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
a coward. But Harry Faversham proves to be no coward because he manages
save all of his friends' lives, win back his girl and tell his father
I loved the costumes and the scenery and the great action scenes. I
the acting was pretty wonderful too. One of the best scenes is when
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
that they do not want to be. Jane Seymour is lovely as usual in these
of costume dramas. Her Ethne had a lot more fire and spirit than the
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
loves him no matter what. The ending of the movie has the two lovers,
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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Anyone who has seen the 1939 version of "The Four Feathers" will be totally disappointed with this offering. The cast does try to instill some compassion for this story of a coward show redeems himself. Very poor performances by all involved. Jane Seymore is not in the same acting performance as June Dupree. And Beau Bridges is almost amusing as Harry Faversham. Very disappointing movie. The only thing worst than this is the 2001 release. That was awful! I remember seeing the 1939 version as a small boy growing up in Detroit. This was and has always been my all time favorite movie. The color was outstanding. The battle scenes were the finest ever filmed. The main characters showed why the English were the best when doing drama and romance.
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