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The Four Feathers (2002)

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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
Col. Sutch
Andy Coumbe ...
Colonel Other Regiment
Angela Douglas ...
Aunt Mary
Karim Doukkali ...
Egyptian Orderly
Megan Hall ...
Drunken Corporal
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 USA:

$6,857,879, 22 September 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,306,166, 1 December 2002
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Did You Know?


This story has been made into films of the same title at least 6 times as far back as a silent film in 1915 See more »


When Harry loses his horse and has to jump onto the back of a free one, you can see the rider next to it holding its reins so it will keep running. There is no reason for him to be doing this in the middle of a charge, except to have it ready for Harry to mount. 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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Referenced in Tvoje tvár má známý hlas: Episode #3.7 (2017) See more »


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The Four Feathers
18 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have read with interest various comments from your members and can only think that they have not seen the 1939 version of this film. I am sorry to say I cannot find one redeeming feature; there is no continuity, the characters have no substance whatsoever, I could not tell one from another. When the character 'Abou'was introduced,(why I don't know), he became the hero as far as I was concerned and 'Harry Faversham' faded from pallidity to obscurity! I know the voting results are not necessarily a true indicator of a films quality, but the difference in the mark up of this version compared to the 1939 issue gives, in my opinion a true guide in this instance. I urge all who have not seen the early film to make every effort to do so, I think many would then change their minds about Messrs.Heath Ledger et al

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