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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 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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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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A triumph of Love in a time of War. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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Version of The Four Feathers (1939) See more »

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The Girl I Left Behind
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I still like this version of "The Four Feathers" than the other versions!
22 June 2003 | by gazeboSee all my reviews

I remembered seeing this TV movie a long time ago when I was a kid. I thought it was a thrilling film! A young Englishman decides not to go off to fight in the war and is branded a coward by all his friends, including his girlfriend! They all gave this man four feathers to shame him for being a coward. But Harry Faversham proves to be no coward because he manages to save all of his friends' lives, win back his girl and tell his father off! I loved the costumes and the scenery and the great action scenes. I thought the acting was pretty wonderful too. One of the best scenes is when Harry stands up to his father and tells him that he won't be a soldier for him, and if Harry had any children, he would never pressure them to be something that they do not want to be. Jane Seymour is lovely as usual in these types of costume dramas. Her Ethne had a lot more fire and spirit than the Ethne played by June Duprez in the 1939 remake. Jane Seymour made me totally believe that Ethne was remorseful for driving Harry away and that she still loves him no matter what. The ending of the movie has the two lovers, Harry and Ethne together again, was very romantic to me.

I don't understand about the politics of the times where "The Four Feathers" are in, so I can't comment on that. All I can say is, this movie is engaging, fast moving and poignant. One of the better remakes of this classic tale, and definitely much better than that terrible recent remake with Heath Ledger (kinda blah in this movie) and Kate Hodson (horrible, horrible, horrible, the wrong role for her!). I give this movie an "A" for entertainment!


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