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The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers (2002)

September. 20,2002
| Adventure Drama Action Romance

A young British officer resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers as symbols of what they view as his cowardice. To redeem his honor, he disguises himself as an Arab and secretly saves their lives.


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Inspite of some of the review with due respect .. i still think strongly that this majestic movie is not given the proper recognition as they should have.. Heath ledger and Wes Bentley truly carry out their roles explicitly done , i like the part where ledger was being told by Ehtne that he should let go the love ... the reaction of Heath was just so precious... in shock and yet could not endure the pain of what he just heard.. the war scenes in the dessert and the capturing of the lead actors .. and the black guy who helped heath in this journey was just superbly supported and as well as well executed ... all the while i thought this was a new original epic movie until i found out it was a remake ... but looking back i would not trade this version of any other version... watch it and you will love it for life...


admirable story about values. a lesson about courage, sacrifice and friendship. powerful, subtle, impressive. an old fashion film. and an extraordinary work. it is difficult to give a verdict. sure, war, romance, historical slices are ingredients for a nice cocktail. but The Four Feathers is a little more. and this fact is essential. Heath Ledger makes a great role. entire art of nuances, entire force of performance are bricks for an extraordinary character. the truth as heart of personal battle, the action scenes, the dialogs - each - part of authentic jewel. so, it is not a film for descriptions or critics. only source of impressions.

Greg Mullins

Warn my friends! Save my friend! These are 2 of the lines spoken at two different times by a very noble but desperate man who had everything, and I mean everything going for him. He spoke these words to another man who had nothing, and came from even less, but was willing to help. This other man belonged to a tribe of slaves, spoke English and Arabic, but was a Christian. He would adorn himself with different pieces of white jewelry which among his people, spoke of the number of men you had killed. His name is Abou.Harry is the man who had everything but through one selfish decision, lost it all. After seeing the pain his mistake caused all those who loved, respected and admired him - he regrets the foolish decision, and attempts to restore what was lost. This very fine film is filled with virtue, honor and the great strength required to redeem yourself after doing unintended damage to some of the most precious things we possess. Our relationships. Especially the strong right good ones - the ones you would lay down your life for. It is a story mostly of recovery. And is the exact opposite of the everyone deserves a trophy attitude which plagues our modern generation. How refreshing.While in the enemy prison at Omdurman in the Sudan, Heath Ledger's character has to be one of the most pitiful sights you'll ever see. A bright young British Calvary officer, the son of the General, engaged to a beautiful woman who loves him, a leader among his men, and surrounded by a tight knit core of his closest friends, all in the same regiment as himself . . . is reduced to human rubble. It is at his lowest point that Harry learns to overcome the Fear that led to his tragedy. The movie has been intentionally injected with several modern sensibilities which did not and never would have existed at that time, you'll know them when you see them (or hear them). They serve only to weaken the story and the film, all in the name of political correctness. Though plenty of the original Light is left to keep it right.I believe this to be Heath Ledgers most mature role by far, alongside Wes Bentley's shining performance as the ideal soldier and friend. With a great cast all around, I am amazed at how many people have missed this movie. It is every bit as good as Gladiator or Troy, just different - and with a much more moral story. It is a classic film made from a classic novel about the way we were . . . not that long ago. One of my favorites. Anyone who appreciates the ever increasing rarity of good movies made from good stories should see this film.http://fullgrownministry.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/identity/

Jay Harris

This romantic adventure story of one man's supposed cowardice & eventual redemption was written nearly 100 years ago. There were 2 silent film versions made as well as 2 prior sound movie versions & one Television movie.I will mention a few bits on the prior sound films & the TV movie before commenting on the 2002 film.In 1929 Richard Arlen, Fay Wray, Clive Brook & William Powell were the major cast members. I did not see this version.In 1939 Alexander Korda & London Films made the classic version, some of us saw as children. This starred John Clements as Jack & Ralph Richardson as Harry,with June Duprez as Ethne.Sir Ralph Richardson was the only one of the 3 who could act.This version was so filled with action & adventure, no one cared about the acting or the story improbabilities. This version I saw many times. Now of course the KORDA's were magicians on making rousing adventure movies.IN 1977 Beau Bridges, Robert Powell, Simon Ward & Jane Seymour assayed these parts. Finally they had a cast of good actors.It was a good Television movie, nothing to write home on.Now we come to the 2002 version, Heath Ledger was Brilliant as Jack, Wes Bentley & Kate Hudson as Harry & Ethne were adequate, neither are really good actors.Djimon Hounson is excellent as a Sudanese soldier who helps our hero in the desert.In the other versions this role is very minor & played by a young teen lad.The action scenes are violent & well done,Whether the fact the story & the characters are dated & quite old fashioned, or the fact that the screenwriters did not read the original book or saw the prior versions,may be the reason I cannot give this a better review. the writers were Micheal Scheaffer & Hossien Amini & the director was Shekkar Kapur They should have seen the Korda version before attempting this.This 3 star rating's mainly for the production & Heath Ledger's performance.Ratings: *** (out of 4) 81 points (out of 100) IMDb 7 (out of 10)