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A British office resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plans to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which symbolize cowardice. To redeem his honor he disguises himself as an Arab and secretly saves the lives of those who branded him a coward.
Adventure War - "The Four Feathers" is pretty much what it appears to be, a grand,
epic adventure. It features exotic locations and magnificent sets.
The story however may seem slow to many. There are only a few
exciting scenes. For this reason it's probably a movie best enjoyed
by older moviegoers, especially those that are entertained more by
the story than the action.
PROFANITY: None SEX/NUDITY: Some sexual activity, no nudity. Brief male nudity, non-sexual. . VIOLENCE: Lots of bloody killings, hangings and dead bodies shown. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some mild social drinking. ACTION: Some excellent battle scenes, but only a few. COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny moments.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Review Above Average "The Four Feathers starts out well, but then it
seems to restart, over and over again.''
James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Review Above Average "It's not really a video movie - too many of its
saving graces will be lost on the small screen, but I don't feel wholly
comfortable recommending this for theatrical viewing. A tighter version of the
same story might have captured and held my interest, but this one had the
proceedings wandering like the riderless camels in the desert.''
Review Average "But I must not dismiss the qualities of the movie. It looks
good, it moves quickly and it is often a jolly good time. As mindless
swashbuckling in a well-designed production, it can't be faulted. The less you
know about the British Empire and human nature, the more you will like it, but
then that can be said of so many movies.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Above Average "Kapur shamelessly ends the film's climactic fight
between Feversham and a sadistic warden with one of those ridiculous
he-looks-dead-but-he's-not moments. It's totally out of place and totally
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
It's easy to see that most moviegoers enjoyed "Four Feathers" very much. It received a high percentage of "Excellent" and "Fantastic" opinions and only a few low opinions.
I noticed that nearly all of the somewhat low opinions marked that they would recommend the movie to select friends so they didn't dislike it, but it wasn't a movie they loved.
I would definitely recommend seeing "Four Feathers," especially while it's on the big screen.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I enjoyed "Four Feathers" very much, but not as much as I thought I might from viewing the previews. I don't think anyone will actually be disappointed with this movie, but I think many will come away thinking it could have been better.
I still highly recommend "Four Feathers," as long as you go in knowing that it's not an action movie. It's much more a human drama of love and friendship with a few scenes of intense battle action and some lavish locations and sets.
Harry Feversham (Heath Ledger) is admired by comrades as one of the finest
British soldiers in his regiment. Passionately devoted to his beautiful
bride-to-be, Ethne (Kate Hudson), Harry has a promising future in the military
and a happy life ahead of him with the woman he loves. But when an army of
Sudanese rebels attacks a colonial British fortress in Khartoum and his regiment
is sent to active duty in North Africa, Harry becomes overwhelmed by self-doubt
and uncertainty and resigns his commission as his regiment is being shipped off
Shocked by his son's actions, Harry's father disowns him. Assuming he is
afraid, three of Harry's friends, and even Ethne his fiancee, each send him a
white feather, a symbol of cowardice, none of them able to understand what Harry
Tormented, isolated and alone in London, Harry learns that his best friend
Jack (Wes Bentley) and his former regiment have fallen under brutal attach by
rebels. Instantly, the bond he has with his comrades inspires him to transcend
his uncertainty and self-doubt in order to take on the one mission that is
stronger than his resolve against war, saving his friends at all costs.
Undertaking the perilous journey into the Sudan alone, he strikes up an
alliance with Abou Fatma (Djimon Hounsou), a wise mercenary warrior. Harry then
disguises himself as an Arab and goes behind enemy lines to rescue Jack and the
rest of his regiment, in an act of unparalleled self-sacrifice and bravery.