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The Four Feathers 2002

3.9 out of 5 stars (51) IMDb 6.5/10

A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.

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Wes Bentley, Mohamed Bouich
Runtime:
2 hours, 11 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Shekhar Kapur
Starring Wes Bentley, Mohamed Bouich
Supporting actors Campbell Brown, Daniel Caltagirone, James Cosmo, Andy Coumbe, Angela Douglas, Karim Doukkali, Lucy Gordon, Megan Hall, James Hillier, Nick Holder, Djimon Hounsou, Kate Hudson, Alex Jennings, Alexandra Kabi, Heath Ledger, Julio Lewis, Craig McDonald, Lionel Mahop
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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I approached this adaptation with high hopes and found that there are equal measures of enjoyment and disappointment. The opening scenes of rugby were an inspiration. To many in the world Englishmen are seen as stiff, over-mannered and effete. However "muscular Christianity" and the rigid codes of honour, discipline and competitiveness instilled by the public schools created an officer-class fit to rule. After all, the Four Feathers is all about honour and tradition as well as love as the motivation for characters.
SPOILER ALERT. I'm not particularly obsessive about detail but I found the battle-scene where camel riders approach the British unarmed to be killed puzzling. Later, the charge of Soudanese disguised as British was outrageous and I hope this is the result of studio interference as other reviewers have guessed. This kind of subterfuge would never be considered by a noble enemy who relished hand-to-hand combat and honour as much as the British.
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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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Not very good. I thought it very slow throughout and the script was really bad in parts. The male leads, Heath Ledger and Wes Bentley, were good but had no chemistry with Kate Hudson. They had better chemistry with each other! I have liked Kate Hudson in other movies but thought she was truly dreadful in this one, although probably not her fault but the directors. All the men could only say how beautiful she was (with a poodle perm!!??) and not one thing about why else they loved her. She came across as so boring she was practically comatose. Djimon Hounsou was the best thing in this movie though he couldn't save the whole production. Very disappointed as I have seen far better movies of the book and think a good opportunity to bring the novel to a new generation was lost.
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First off I'll affirm the definitive version is Korda's 1939 (early colour) interpretation: That had exquisite acting and fine judgement in pitching the tone for gentle mockery of Imperialism, and by no means stingy on its production budget.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Four-Feathers-DVD-John-Clements/dp/B00008AWV3/ref=pd_sim_d_h__1

But this version isn't bad, and does get big Hollywood treatment.

However there are lots of annoying irrealisms (Prime example: All the officers jumping onto horses and charging off in the middle of a battle, in a small group as if a decisive charge!). The acting can't quite carry through on some of the complex motivations, reactions and intentions either, and often fails to convince.

Just OK in my book, no regrets for the time spent on it, but there's alot better than this.
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Looks great - both scenery and male leads! - but storyline lacked flow, was sometimes confusing and was far from believable.
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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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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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Lots of spectacle and nicely shot so good from that point of view but it veers away from the original story in which Harry Faversham had to pass as a mute, as well as adding characters not in the book. In this version he learns to speak Arabic!

The Batttle of Abu Klea ( not Abu Clea as in the film ) took place in 1885, lasted only around 15 minutes and was a British victory. By that time red tunics were no longer worn in the field.

Officers digging graves whilst enlisted men looked on then arguing in front them? Neither occurrence would have been very likely.

Not all, but quite a few, of the lead actors appeared as modern day people in period uniforms. They didn't really look the part.

Overall disappointing.
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