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The Four Feathers (2002)



Critic Consensus: Though beautiful to look at, The Four Feathers lacks epic excitement and suffers from an ambivalent viewpoint.

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The story, set in 1898, follows a British officer who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plans to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancee 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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for intense battle sequences, disturbing images, violence and some sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Hossein Amini, Michael Schiffer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 18, 2003
Box Office: $18.2M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Heath Ledger
as Harry Faversham
Alek Wek
as Denka
Kris Marshall
as Castleton
Alex Jennings
as Colonel Hamilton
Tim Pigott-Smith
as General Feversham
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Critic Reviews for The Four Feathers

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (38)

Kapur weighs down the tale with bogus profundities.

September 26, 2002
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A decent film with some intense battle violence.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

The Sahara desert, gorgeously photographed by Robert Richardson, displays the most personality in the entire picture.

Full Review… | December 28, 2008

It's cold, misguided, confusing, illiterate, boring, badly acted and flat-out laughable.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Michael Schiffe and Hossein Amini's screenplay adaptation (is) as full of holes as the tracks of a camel herd. [published 9-19-02]

Full Review… | February 18, 2006
Kansas City Kansan

Ultimately, The Four Feathers is nothing more than a handsomely mounted escapist action flick.

Full Review… | June 26, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Four Feathers


Don't care what anyone else says. This is my second-favorite Heath Ledger film (second only to Brokeback Mountain). And Wes Bentley -- for all his personal problems -- is FRICKIN' HAWT in this film. (Wes -- hit me up on Flixster if you wanna date, m'kay?) Costumes and location magic? Holla!

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Barring the lame and predictable love story, this movie was pretty great. Unique plot, as well as the always super badass Djimon Hounsou. In this one he plays a desert comando covered in white powder with neato hair and decor. In fact, I wish he had been the main focus. But alas, Heath Ledger was ok as well, as was Wes Bentley (once he had his cool scar makeup anyways). And Michael Sheen has yet to be in a bad role.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


I've actually always found this to be a good movie. Even though it is constantly bashed by critics, I think it's a beautiful story. It's not perfect, but it's not bad by any means. The acting was good and the scope of the film was as broad as an epic.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

The Four Feathers Quotes

Abou Fatma: I had no choice, God put you in my way
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