The Four Feathers (2002)

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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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense battle sequences, disturbing images, violence and some sensuality)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Box Office:
$18,236,897.00
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Cast

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

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (34)

Kapur weighs down the tale with bogus profundities.

September 26, 2002
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Ledger does a great job in the action sequences and the more tender scenes.

September 23, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's a pretty compelling yarn, not to mention full of pretty pictures, and yet it could be so much more than that.

September 20, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

A movie that lacks the jingoistic bravura of earlier editions ... but hasn't replaced it with meaningful historical revisionism appropriate to our post-colonial age.

September 20, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

What's missing, crucially, is the passion required to make this unlikely tale work.

Full Review… | September 20, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's beautifully done, but there's not much of a point to it.

Full Review… | September 20, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Four Feathers

½

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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

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
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

½

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
Conner Rainwater

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