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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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Shekhar Kapur

Writers:

A.E.W. Mason (novel), Michael Schiffer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wes Bentley ... Jack Durrance
Mohamed Bouich Mohamed Bouich ... Sudanese Storyteller
Campbell Brown Campbell Brown ... Dervish Ansar
Daniel Caltagirone ... Gustave
James Cosmo ... Col. Sutch
Andy Coumbe Andy Coumbe ... Colonel Other Regiment
Angela Douglas Angela Douglas ... Aunt Mary
Karim Doukkali Karim Doukkali ... Egyptian Orderly
Lucy Gordon ... Isabelle
Megan Hall Megan Hall ... Millie
James Hillier ... Drunken Corporal
Nick Holder ... British Lion
Djimon Hounsou ... Abou Fatma
Kate Hudson ... Ethne Eustace
Alex Jennings ... Colonel Hamilton
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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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Official Sites:

Official site | Paramount | See more »

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las cuatro plumas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The major fight scene is the Battle of Abu Klea, which took place on January 17, 1885. A British Desert Column of approximately 1,100 troops fought a Mahdist force of over 12,000 dervishes. The scene depicted in the film, however, is a fictional version of the actual battle. See more »

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The battle of Abu Klea was a British victory. See more »

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[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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Version of Four Feathers (1915) See more »

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historically unconvincing...
1 January 2007 | by aldebaran68See all my reviews

I gave it 2 for some attempt at historical detail... To echo another reviewer, all the actors behave as in the 20th/21st centuries, not the Victorian 19th. The actors behave far too freely and with hardly any attempt at the formal dignity, stiff social restraint of the time, and no apparent attempt to represent the social mores and customs of the era. Watch the original version with Ralph Richardson to see what I'm driving at.

Or watch Zulu, Zulu Dawn, or Charge of the Light Brigade for more authentic historical recreation of how people were in those days.

The battle scenes in this version may have been 'fierce', but the pacing was far too 20th-21century. Even warfare was a more 'formal' and 'dignified' affair then than it is today. It took the First World War to change that.

IF you want 20th-21st century romance and military heroics transposed to the 19th century, this film is OK, for anything more historically 'real', best look elsewhere...


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