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FOUR FEATHERS

 
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At Theaters: 9/20/2002 On Video: 2/18/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 7 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 409966
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Heath Ledger THE PATRIOT, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU
Wes Bentley THE CLAIM
Kate Hudson ABOUT ADAM, ALMOST FAMOUS, GOSSIP
Djimon Hounsou AMISTAD
Michael Sheen MARY REILLY
Director: Shekhar Kapur ELIZABETH
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
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.
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Above Average "The Four Feathers starts out well, but then it seems to restart, over and over again.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full 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.''

Roger Ebert  Full 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 Online  Full 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 unbelievable.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 146 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
8
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
23
Very High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
16
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
High
94%
30+Adults (M)
42
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
41
High
90%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 to war.

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 has done.

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.

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