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A timid British Army officer has quit and burns his last day summons to a war in Egypt. Calling him a coward, his girl friend and 3 officer friends give him a white feather. In redemption, he shadows his friends in war to save their lives.
C. Aubrey Smith
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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
This story has been made into films of the same title at least 6 times as far back as a silent film in 1915 See more »
In the actual 1884-1885 campaign in the Sudan, the British soldiers were wearing grey tunics instead of the scarlet ones depicted in the movie. The British soldiers wore Khaki uniforms later on. 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 »
As an entertaining adventure film, "The Four Feathers" stands firm
The story is set in 1884 during the British Empire uprising
Harry Faversham (Heath Ledger) is a young army officer from a distinguished military family who never wanted to join the army He did it for his father He resigns his commission on the eve of his regiment's departure for Sudan Harry has already disgusted his strict father, a respected General in the Queen's Army, by declaring no interest in a soldier's life and now that he is about to be married to his beloved Ethne (Kate Hudson), he wants to settle down
When his closest friends and fellow officers find out that he disgraced the regiment, they send him a box of feathers of cowardice When Ethne sends him another feather, he then disappears to redeem himself, to face up to his fears, to discover himself, to win back his self-respect...
Shekhar Kapur's "The Four Feathers" is beautifully filmed and performed The themes of love, honor, loyalty, friendship, trust, redemption, wisdom, true strength, and true courage are all there They made the characters entirely plausible But what truly lingers in the memory about it are the stunning sequences filmed in the Sudan and the splendid staging of several battles, showing the then standard British tactics employed in holding off attackersthe forming of squares, with riflemen deployed in standing, kneeling, firing, holding line, and keeping eye on the target These exciting scenes of combat and carnage are truly impressive
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