The Four Feathers (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  20 September 2002 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohamed Bouich ...
Sudanese Storyteller
Campbell Brown ...
Dervish Ansar
Andy Coumbe ...
Colonel Other Regiment
Angela Douglas ...
Aunt Mary
Karim Doukkali ...
Egyptian Orderly
Megan Hall ...
James Hillier ...
Drunken Corporal
Nick Holder ...
British Lion
Colonel Hamilton


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, disturbing images, violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las cuatro plumas  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$495,874 (Japan) (26 September 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jude Law was the original choice for the role of Harry Feversham. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
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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Nearly as bad as Pearl Harbor
7 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

If you have seen the 1939 version of this film do NOT see this. Astoudingly boring with quite awful script but some of the filming is spectacular especially when thinking of all the millions going down the tube. This film attempted to portray the essence of the upper class English society and fails. Overblown and very Monty Pythonish with ludicrous script which would make that era turn in the grave. Kate Hudson flickering from Estuary English, sometimes near but never there.

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