The Four FeathersDirector: Shekhar Kapur, Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson
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A.E.W. Mason's perennially popular tale of honor and adventure is brought to the screen yet again in this lavish period action-drama. In 1884, Harry Feversham (Heath Ledger) is a young officer-in-training in the British Army who is soon to graduate and is expected to be shipped of to the Sudan, where the King's military are battling Muslim insurgents who are attempting to overturn English colonial rule. Feversham, however, has developed serious ethical reservations about going along, and on the eve of his departure, he resigns his commission. Feversham's best friend and fellow officer Jack Durrance (Wes Bentley) in response presents him with a white feather (a symbol of cowardice), and two of his classmates follow suit. Ethne Eustace (Kate Hudson), Feversham's fiancée, presents him with a fourth white feather shortly before breaking off their engagement. Sufficiently humbled, Feversham attempts to win back his honor and the respect of his family and friends by secretly becoming an undercover operative in the Sudan. His initial attempts to pose as an Arab are not especially convincing, but he makes friends with Abou Fatma (Djimon Hounsou), a local sympathetic with the British cause who proves to be a valuable source of insider information and advice on how to blend with the rebels. Meanwhile, Durrance is briefly ordered back to England to help recruit new soldiers for the colonial forces, and he takes the opportunity to begin wooing Eustace, the former flame of his former friend. This adaptation is the fifth film version of The Four Feathers, following two silent screen adaptations (released in 1915 and 1928), Zoltan Korda's memorable 1939 version, and a 1977 made-for-TV movie.
At its best, The Four Feathers recalls the consummate craftsmanship and irony-free storytelling of Hollywood's Golden Age. Lou Lumenick
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|Heath Ledger||Harry Feversham|
|Wes Bentley||Lt. Jack Durrance|
|Kate Hudson||Ethne Eustace|
|Djimon Hounsou||Abou Fatma|
|Alex Jennings||Colonel Hamilton|
|Allan Cameron||Production Designer|
|Julie Goldstein||Executive Producer|
|Tommy Gormley||Asst. Director|
|James Horner||Score Composer|
|Peter Howitt||Set Decoration/Design|
|Martin F. Katz||Producer|
|Peter Lindsay||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ruth Myers||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Allon Reich||Executive Producer|
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
The Four Feathers: Chapters
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I went to see this movie.It's good.
Larry D. Bohall, author of Martyr's Cry (ISBN 1591295327): I did not believe that a new production of The Four Feathers could be made that would not completely strip the story of it's non-Politically Correct essentials. I was wrong. While this is not my favorite version of the story (I'm torn between the Jane Seymour televsion version and the 1939 Ralph Richardson classic), it ranks right up there. Sweeping, beautiful, fair and honest to the original (with some simplifications thrown in to keep the plot moving), this version of The Four Feathers was a delight to watch. I was particularly struck by the screenwriter's desire to tell a story of sin/failure and redemption.
As a Heath Ledger fan, I found this film mediocre. It was of the British Empire at its pinnacle and equinox. It romanticesces the notion of sujugation and exploitation. I don't like that thought.
I did not like this movie...To long and very boring. Do not rent this movie or buy it. A waste of money.
this movie was one of my favorites. it is a war movie that is not like any other. it's the kind that makes you want to go out to the sudan and fight aalong side harry. this is a touching story about the meaning of friendship! i would recomend this movie to anyone and everyone. even people who don't like ledger will like this movie. there is only one ''scene'' and it is not that bad and you can totally fast forward it and it is not that gory violent. it is safe for most older children to see. if you have any doubts on if this would be a good movie, i hope i've erased then. this is NOT a chick flick... guys, you wilL like this movie too!
I was blown away after seeing this movie. I absolutely loved it. The story is great, the acting is great, and the action is off the hook. This movie is awesome!
I think this movie is REALLY good. There was a lot of great acting here. I think Kate Hudson and Heath Ledger act really well together.