The Four Feathers (2002)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama

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A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.




  • Heath Ledger at an event for The Four Feathers (2002)
  • Kate Hudson in The Four Feathers (2002)
  • Heath Ledger at an event for The Four Feathers (2002)
  • Shekhar Kapur at an event for The Four Feathers (2002)
  • Djimon Hounsou in The Four Feathers (2002)
  • Kate Hudson at an event for The Four Feathers (2002)

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4 March 2003 | dmatthews03
Would be epic turns into a jumbled, boring mess.
There was obviously money spent here, it shows in some glorious desert vistas and some lavish (but not very well directed battle scenes) but like most people after seeing Shekhar Kapur's film "Elizabeth" I found this film a deep disappointment.

It seems that about half way through the film completely loses it's focus and like Stephen Leacock's Knight "gets on it's horse and rides off in all directions". Heath Ledger just wasn't right in the main role and disguised as an Arab he would have fooled no-one in their right minds but according to the whims of the plot, sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn't.

I was expecting this to be different to the 1939 classic version and it is but not in a good way. The plot becomes incoherent sometimes and characters seem to pop up then disappear for no good reason. The scenes in the squalid prison camp showing Ledger's mental breakdown seem to go on for ever and serve no purpose plotwise. After Ledger's return to England (right as rain and seemingly unchanged) the would be dramatic scenes between him Ethne and the blinded Durrance are very badly handled,dramatic pauses are held too long almost as if they were trying to drag out the film's length. I found myself almost shouting at the screen "Get on with it!".

I'm not surprised the film did badly at the box office.

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