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
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. See more »
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...
The Symbol of their disgrace was the white feather of cowardice...
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After being rated R by the MPAA the film was cut for a more commercial PG-13 certification. See more »
The makers would have been well advised to see Korda's 1939 version starring John Clements, or Anthony Steel's Storm Over the Nile.This latest effort should never have been made! It would be totally unrecognisable except for the use of the feathers. Political correctness added a new hero when there was only room for one. Dated slow motion action scenes made things worse. Men hiding in the sand was borrowed from 1960,s spaghetti westerns - I could go on but I won't. The movie doesn't hold a candle to the 1939 version in any shape or form. The director should go back to being an accountant!
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