The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers

DVD - 2011
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Set at the end of the nineteenth century. With cannon fire igniting the North African skies, the British cavalry charges into battle to capture the strategic city of Khartoum. In the midst of the devastating carnage, a horrified officer resigns from his post. But he soon finds his shame is greater than his fear, and he returns to save his honor and the friends he betrayed at any cost.


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Dec 05, 2017

Spectacular scenery, legions of fighters, and a timeless moral dilemma makes this thrilling movie, produced in 1939, as thought-provoking as it was at the outbreak of World War 2.

Feb 02, 2015

A masterpiece of filming by director Zoltan Korda. Filmed in Africa it has all the color of the British Armies fighting the tribes of the Sudan. I won't ruin the movie for you with plot details, but it is a wonderful movie.

Nov 08, 2014

A robust English adventure movie based on the book by A.E.W. Mason. The protagonist unexpectedly resigns his commission on the eve of deployment and is given three feathers that brand him as a coward. His fiancee adds a fourth. Humiliated, he journeys to Sudan, where his regiment is, disguises himself as a native and redeems himself. Directed by Zoltan Korda and produced by his brother Alexander, this is the rare film of the period that is shot on location and uses natives instead of extras in black or brown face. The battle scenes are excellent and the use of the desert clearly anticipates the more epic "Lawrence of Arabia." The cast is good, although I only knew Ralph Richardson. Jolly good show! Some other Empire adventures films: "Gunga Din," "Beau Geste," "Shaka Zulu," "Lives of a Bengal Lancer."

Feb 15, 2014

This is a great movie, flawlessly directed by Zoltan Korda. This blu ray version enables one to fully appreciate the wonderful cinematography. It's historically accurate and so has educational as well as entertainment value.

This 1939 version is much better than the mediocre 2002 version by Shekhar Kapur.

voisjoe1 Aug 22, 2013

Zoltan Korda, director of “Sahara,” “Jungle Book” and “Cry, the Beloved Country,” directed this fine film about a man trying to redeem himself after resigning the military after seeing too much violence. This film was nominated by Cannes for the Palm d’Or for best film and also nominated for an Oscar for its color cinematography. It was filmed in the Sudan and the film crew had to constantly import ice to the desert location to keep the film and projectors cool.

Sep 20, 2012

While dated, and demonstrating an older ethic and ethos, this movie is much better than the modern remake.


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Dec 05, 2017

Patriotism, colonialism, and militarism converge to test the fundamental moral beliefs of a young man raised in a British family with a long military history. In 1896 the British government wants to re-establish its control over the Sudan and to revenge the heroic death of General "Gordon of Khartoum" in 1885. The young man's regiment is part of the expedition. He resigns his commission - but is ostracized and shamed with the "white feather". Can he prove his bravery without killing Sudanese tribesmen?


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