• The Four Feathers (2002)

The Four Feathers

Release Date: September 20th, 2002

DVD Release Date: February 18th, 2003

PG-13 |2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary

The story, set in 1875, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan 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.

Cast: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Sheen, James Cosmo, Lucy Gordon, Alex Jennings

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Genres: Adventure , Drama , War

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Miramax Films

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: London, England, Best friend, Escape, Quest, Gripping, Melodramatic

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    At its best, this new film does mix grandeur with skepticism, excitement with reflection. In the end, like Harry, it redeems itself. show more

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    The Four Feathers ends on the same dubious note as "Black Hawk Down" and other recent war movies, suggesting that loyalty in the trenches -- not the reason for fighting in the first place -- is all that matters. Many will disagree. show more

  • 88
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    Splendidly spectacular, intelligent and very well-acted. show more

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