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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kate Hudson turned down the chance to play Mary-Jane in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002) in order to make this film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Alternate Versions

After being rated R by the MPAA the film was cut for a more commercial PG-13 certification. See more »

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Version of Storm Over the Nile (1955) See more »

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A good story ruined
8 March 2003 | by hallchasSee all my reviews

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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