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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.

Director:

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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What would you kill for? 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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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jude Law was the original choice for the role of Harry Feversham. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

[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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Underrated and is better than what the reviews says
25 April 2004 | by 8Jojo8See all my reviews

This movie has got it all: an aussie hottie, love, honor and obey, different cultures and is well acted. I can't understand why this movie has blown the box office with so much, and why all the reviewers have slaughtered it.

Heath Ledger plays well (as always), and of course Kate Hudson is beautiful in it. If I would have anything to complain about in this picture, it would be that maybe the chemistry between Heath and Kate wasn't that great, but nobody is to blame here.

This is a fabulous movie with great and good looking actors, and if I should have guessed why the movie didn't sell, I would say that it was because they didn't promote this movie enough.

While watching the movie, you can go from crying to laughing at no time, and when a movie conquers that, it's just a blessing watching it.

Heath Ledger can really show what he has got to offer, since this movie is very different from his last "A Knight's Tale". Heath is clever by taking such different roles, just to show what he's got: "Two Hands" (black comedy),"The Patriot" (war, thriller), "Ned Kelly" (western, thriller), "The Order" (horror, mystery) and his most recently, not yet relished: "The Brothers Grimm" (adventure).

The director, Shekhar Kapur, did a good job on this one. He told the actors to make the sand in the desert to look like water and waves, and they did a good job doing just that. All in all, this movie should been a success, because it simply has it all. Too bad.


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