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The Four Feathers (2002) Poster

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Anachronisms 

In the actual 1884-1885 campaign in the Sudan, the British soldiers were wearing grey tunics instead of the scarlet ones depicted in the movie. The British soldiers wore Khaki uniforms later on.
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Continuity 

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.
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After Trench is done scaring all the dogs away from the British bodies he takes off his hat. In the wide shot however his hat is on. Then when it returns to him his hat is off.
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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.
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In the locker room scene, when Gustave throws the rugby ball at Edward, he throws it with one hand in the close up shot, but with two hands in the wide shot from behind.
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When Jack is chasing the sniper, the sniper is shown running through an alley way with two adults and a child in front of him. After climbing onto the roof, jumping off, and climbing a couple of walls...he is shown again in the same scene running through the alley with the same three people there.
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Factual errors 

When the British soldiers, led by Lt. Durrance, are chasing the sniper in the village, one of the British soldiers shoots two rounds in rapid succession at the fleeing sniper, which is impossible with the Martini-Henry rifles with which they were armed. Martini-Henrys are single-shot rifles.
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The battle of Abu Klea was a British victory.
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British forces fighting in the Omdurman campaign of 1898 wore khaki uniforms, not the scarlet jackets used in this film. However even while earlier British infantry soldiers did wear red coats, the cavalry of that period wore blue jackets. The scene in which Dervish horsemen impersonate British cavalry wearing red jackets would be historically inaccurate for both periods.
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The British flag was flying upside down during the main battle.
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When they arrive at the fort at 58.05 the flag, the Union Flag has been flipped so that the red diagonal St Patricks Cross is on the lower half of the white diagonal St Andrews Cross on the lower right of the flag when it should be on the upper half of the white diagonal on the lower right.
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At 52.30 when the British soldier fires at the guys escaping on camels, he also fires two shots without reloading in between. Again this would have been impossible with the Martini-Henry rifles as they are single shot breech-loaders (as seen famously in 'Zulu' and 'Zulu Dawn').
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Miscellaneous 

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.
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Revealing mistakes 

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.
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In the beginning while the troops are training they charge dummies with bayonets. Several bayonets are obviously rubber.
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