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The Four Feathers (1978)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | TV Movie 1 January 1978
When British Lieutenant Faversham resigns his commission rather than fight in the 1882 Sudan war, his army pals present him with the four white feathers of cowardice.

Director:

Don Sharp

Writers:

A.E.W. Mason (novel), Gerald Di Pego (as Gerald DiPego)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Harry Feversham
Robert Powell ... Jack Durrance
Simon Ward ... William Trench
Jane Seymour ... Ethne Eustace
Harry Andrews ... General David Feversham
Richard Johnson ... Abou Fatma
David Robb ... Thomas Willoughby
Richard Beale Richard Beale ... Wembol (valet)
Robin Bailey ... Colonel Eustace
John Hallam ... Sergeant Major
Julian Barnes Julian Barnes ... Lieutenant Bradley
Mary Maude Mary Maude ... Mrs. Feversham
Frank Gatliff ... Old Major
Robert Flemyng ... Old Colonel
Robert James ... John (the butler)
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Storyline

In 1882, while his regiment is sent to the Sudan to battle the insurgent Arab tribes, British Lieutenant Faversham resigns his officer's commission in order to remain with his fiancée Ethne in England.His fellow officers and his fiancée brand him a coward and present him with the white feathers of cowardice.Lieutenant Faversham decides to regain his honor by fighting in the Sudan incognito.He travels to the Sudan where he employs various guises to save, one by one, the lives of his former fellow officers who branded him a coward back in England.In his exploits he is aided by Abou Fatma, a young sympathetic Arab. Written by nufs68

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The film's closing credits state that this picture was: "Filmed on Location in England at Stratfield Saye House, Hampshire; Littlecote House, Wiltshire and Spain". See more »

Goofs

As the prisoners are being herded just before they escape, the handcuffs fall off one of Harry's wrists and he grabs it and holds it on as he shuffles along. See more »

Quotes

Ethne Eustace: Harry, Harry - have you heard? The North Surreys have been called to Egypt. Well, have you rejoined?
Harry Feversham: Rejoined? I'm out of it forever.
Ethne Eustace: Well, I thought, and father thought, that you'd change your mind now...
Harry Feversham: Why? To go and fight the dervishes for the glory of the Empire? To plant a flag in the Sudan?
Ethne Eustace: Don't make a joke of it, Harry.
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Connections

Version of The Four Feathers (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl I Left Behind
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Traditional
(marching fifes and drums)
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Tale of courage worth seeing...
19 September 1999 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Although it pales next to the 1939 classic version, as a made-for-television feature this film is well worth watching. It tells the story of a young Englishman driven to extreme lengths to prove to himself & his friends that he is not a coward.

Surrounded by a fine British cast, Beau Bridges might seem wrongly cast in the main role, but he does a stalwart job throughout. Good action scenes set in Muslim Africa. Co-stars include Jane Seymour, Harry Andrews (great as Bridges' fierce old father), Robert Powell, Richard Johnson, Simon Ward, David Robb & Robin Bailey.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Quatro Penas Brancas See more »

Filming Locations:

Hampshire, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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