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The Four Feathers (2002)

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

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Mohamed Bouich ...
Sudanese Storyteller
Campbell Brown ...
Dervish Ansar
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Andy Coumbe ...
Colonel Other Regiment
Angela Douglas ...
Aunt Mary
Karim Doukkali ...
Egyptian Orderly
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Isabelle
Megan Hall ...
Millie
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Drunken Corporal
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British Lion
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Colonel Hamilton
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Storyline

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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20 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las cuatro plumas  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$18,306,166 (USA) (27 November 2002)
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Trivia

The major fight scene is the Battle of Abu Klea, which took place on January 17, 1885. A British Desert Column of approximately 1,100 troops fought a Mahdist force of over 12,000 dervishes. The scene depicted in the film, however, is a fictional version of the actual battle. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Version of Storm Over the Nile (1955) See more »

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The British Grenadiers
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5 October 2002 | by (At sea) – See all my reviews

This film has very little to do with the novel on which it claims to be based. Historically it is highly inaccurate. To take one example of a good many, no British soldier wore a red jacket on active service in 1898. The last time the British Army wore red in action was in 1885 & it was unusual then. The Mahdist ansar became a very nasty type fanatic & killed many, many thousands of their own people. This is much the worst of an often remade story.


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