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Four Feathers [DVD] [2003]

Heath Ledger|Kate Hudson|Wes Bentley , Shekhar Kapur    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Heath Ledger|Kate Hudson|Wes Bentley
  • Directors: Shekhar Kapur
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LA7J
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,919 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Exciting young stars Heath Ledger (A Knight’s Tale, The Patriot, 10 Things I Hate About You), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, About Adam) and Wes Bentley (American Beauty) shine in this thrilling, epic saga of heroism, loyalty and romantic rivalry. When a British officer (Ledger) resigns his commission on the eve of a battle against Sudanese rebels, he is presumed a coward and given four symbolic white feathers by his friends and fiancée (Hudson). As an act of redemption, he exposes himself to extreme hardship and incredible odds while disguised as a Sudanese in a bold attempt to aid his besieged comrades. Based on the novel by A.E.W. Mason, this stirring adventure will sweep you from within the grand walls of the English aristocracy to the austere beauty of the Moroccan desert as it vividly illustrates man’s indomitable spirit.


The seventh filming of AEW Mason's classic 1902 novel, this near-epic production of The Four Feathers looks great, sounds great and feels rather average. It would be difficult to diminish the rousing adventure of Mason's novel and director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) certainly gets more bang for his buck, with massive battle scenes and rugged, sun-baked harshness enhanced by Robert Richardson's masterful cinematography. Kapur preserves the universal appeal of the story, set in the 1880s, in which a promising soldier (Heath Ledger) resigns on the eve of battle in Britain's Sudanese campaign, is labelled coward by his fiancée (Kate Hudson), and redeems himself by posing as a Muslim warrior to rescue his best friend Jack (Wes Bentley) from certain death in the desert. For all its heroics, however, the film seems oddly passionless; Djimon Hounsou is excellent as Ledger's desert guardian, but these young Hollywood stars lack the authenticity of Zoltan Korda's 1939 film, which remains the definitive version. --Jeff Shannon

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Feathers Plucked! 12 April 2008
I found this effort sadly disappointing.I thought it a pity that they decided to mess around with the dating and set the story apparently in the 1880s rather than the 1898 Omdurman Campaign in which Mason placed his novel. It wasn't clear to me whether the British unit involved was meant to be infantry or cavalry - one moment they are on foot with bayonets fixed, the next careering around on horseback brandishing full-length Martini-Henry rifles - not the most effective weapon in a cavalry charge! All in all it was too politically correct and redolent of early 21st Century attitudes for my taste.
I fear it must be added to the tally of "Four Feathers" re-makes which have failed to match the standard achieved by Korda's 1939 version.
At least the 1950s attempt "Storm on the Nile" had the good sense to use some of the 1939 film's combat footage!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Film buff 29 July 2005
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Very disappointed with this re-make.
The book and original film were boys own, stirring adventures. This was an angst-ridden politically correct movie, too slow and too concerned with exploring motivation. An adventure movie should be just that, lots of action, adrenalin, rousing and not slow and tedious. That being said the acting and production was first class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heath Ledger is brilliant 5 Dec 2011
never mind the mix up with the dates and whether or not it is true to the novel or earlier versions. Heath ledger's acting is brilliant. I would not normally watch this type of film, glad I did. The acting is good, the production great. Heath stood head and shoulders above the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The hazy days of the British Empire! 7 July 2012
I have this on DVD, Currently looking for a blu-ray version, but hard to track one down. This by far the best of best The Four Feathers, about the British in the Sudan during the late 19th century, based on the 1902 novel. A grand epic story beautiful shot and acted, of Love, War, more War and Disgrace, this movie is awesome! EPIC!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moral tale for any era 22 May 2014
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The film is fairly true to the book. Heath Ledger is excellent as Harry the man of conscience and the whole cast and location filming add up to a well crafted tale very well delivered
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars appalling 16 Nov 2010
This is a great story of Victorian action. The original film by Zoltan Korda was one of the great epics of all time. The follow up
'Storm over the Nile' followed the same story and even used the same battle scenes and so was adequate. This is a politically correct piece of rubbish - although four feather are featured!
The one battle scene is well done but as for the rest....!!!!
Avoid and buy the original
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film 27 July 2013
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a really excellent retelling of an old classic, beautifully filmed and directed with some exquisite lighting and very moving moments.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Four Feathers dvd 25 Jun 2014
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The cover arrived badly broken. Luckily the dvd inside had not been damaged although half way through the film it stops for a few seconds. Fab film though.
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