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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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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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When Harry cuts the camel to drink its blood, he is tied by a rope around his waist to the camel. In the following shot when the camel walks off, he is free of the rope. 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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Amazingly bad.
30 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

The story as told in this movie made almost no sense. I have seen the original (1939) and it made sense, and one cared for the characters. I wanted all of the characters in this 2002 movie to die, but unfortunately they didn't. Whoever cast Kate Hudson was an idiot. How could the director spend so much money and come up with this stinker. Didn't anyone at the studio watch this thing before it was released to an unsuspecting public? ABSOLUTE CRAP.

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