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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.

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Heath Ledger
as Harry Faversham
Alek Wek
as Denka
Kris Marshall
as Castleton
Alex Jennings
as Colonel Hamilton
Tim Pigott-Smith
as General Feversham
James Cosmo
as pulkownik Sutch
Angela Douglas
as Aunt Mary
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Critic Reviews for The Four Feathers

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (40)

A decent film with some intense battle violence.

December 28, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Kapur weighs down the tale with bogus profundities.

September 26, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

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

September 23, 2002

Offers too small a dose of the blood-and-sand adventure you expect from this sort of big-budget Hollywood remake.

September 22, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Shekhar Kapur stages the pageantry very well, from the scenes of red-coated officers swirling their ladies around the dance floor to the marches, battles, and prison scenes.

September 21, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
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

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
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
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
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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