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on 3 May 2013
Based on the novel by A E W Mason, this is good old fashioned 'Boys Own' adventure story set in the Sudan shortly after Gordon of Khartoum was killed. An army officer resigns his commission just as his regiment is posted to the battle front in the Sudan. His friends and his fiancee each send him a white feather signifying cowardice. He sets out to prove them wrong. Made in 1939 and shot on location in the Sudan, the technicolor film quality belies its age and is very good for its era. This story has been filmed a couple of times under different titles, but this is arguably the best. PS: I wrote that about the DVD. I now have a Blu-ray version; The video is markedly better with vibrant colours and a lighter, brighter picture, particularly in the indoor shots. The sound, on the other hand, was not so satisfactory. The speech was clear enough but has a slightly louder dynamic and the music suffered from amplitude distortion. Having said that the Blu-ray is worth having for the picture alone.
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on 24 April 2010
The story is a simple one, the Sudan is in revolt, Kartom has fallen, Gordon has been killed and the Madi rules. The British, still using Nepolionic tactics with 19th centurary technology aim to put that right and place a British supporter in command. A county regiment is ordered to Sudan but one of its officers resigns before it embarks, but just after the orders arrive. He's judged to be a coward and recieves four white feathers from four of his fellow officers.
To correct this injustice, he embarks for the Sudan, asummes an identity as a native and rescues the officers from an awful fate, suffering greatly in the process.
By the end all is well, the feathers have been returned, our hero is judged a brave man (we always knew he was), he gets the girl and lives happily ever after.

It may be corny, but it's still a good film of a cracking yarn of deering do.
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on 6 May 2017
Old and maybe a bit dated, but this is still a good film if you are interested in uniforms and costumes of the soldiers & civilians.
The story works quite well and I did enjoy watching it again.
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on 22 June 2017
I bought this as a gift for someone who is nostalgic for old military themed movies. They certainly enjoyed this trip down memory lane.
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on 12 August 2017
The Four Feathers [Blu-ray]
Very good film and just as relrevant today.
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on 4 March 2017
Love this film.
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on 8 May 2017
Arrived in good condition the film was as I remembered it, was a joy to watch again, made an old film buff very happy thank you
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on 5 January 2011
The archetypical old school Boy's Own adventure yarn.Tells the story of a young cadet officer in late Victorian England who decides to resign on the eve of his regiment's departure for war in Sudan.
Rejecting his family's code of military duty scandalises the Army and leaves him a social outcast,symbolised by the white feathers he receives as a mark of cowardice.
Determined to prove himself,he sails for Egypt and the Sudan and becomes a hero.
Although inevitably dated in it's attitude to Empire and race,the film is beautifully photographed in technicolour on location in the desert and has a real sense of reality in the battle scenes which are both dramatic and exciting in a manner rarely matched in Hollywood.The timing of the film's release on the eve of World War II makes it a perfect piece of propaganda for it's day and indeed any day including our own.
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on 2 July 2017
Classic wet sunday afternoon film.
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on 9 March 2017
Watched over again
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