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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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 »


Abu Fatman shows Harry a necklace that he is going to wear after he kills his tenth man. There is a brief scene before this when he already has it on. 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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Highly Underrated
9 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Four Feathers was a film that didn't receive much public interest or anticipation when released in 2002. I didn't even hear of the film until it was being advertised on STARZ as a new release on the network. I decided to flick it on not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised by the film.

Harry Faversham (Heath Ledger) is the son of a British war hero. Along with his friends, he is among the top officers being shipped to the Sudan where rebellion has broken out. Harry, unlike his friends, doesn't want to be a soldier and resigns his post. After receiving four white feathers from his friends and fiancée he decides to head to the Sudan to help his doomed friends.

The acting is top notch with Wes Bentley, Heath Ledger, and Djimon Hounsou in leading roles. The setting of the deserts of the Sudan is brilliant used in the film. The battle scenes aren't overdone and are emotionally charged. The film surprised me, with having such a great story, great acting, and great filming, I was disappointed to see it didn't get better from the critics and public.

Take my word for it, The Four Feathers is a worth see adventure/drama.

The Four Feathers. Starring: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimon Hounsou, and Kate Hudson.

3 1/2 out of 5 Stars.

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