The Four Feathers

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  • TV-PG
  • 1978
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.4  (684)

The Four Feathers is a 1978 historical drama film directed by Don Sharp and stars Beau Bridges, Robert Powell, and Simon Ward. It is based on the novel of the same name by A.E.W. Mason. The story is set in the late 19th century and revolves around the British Empire's military campaigns in Africa. Harry Faversham (played by Powell) is a young British officer who decides to resign from the British Army just before his regiment is to be deployed to Sudan to fight in the Mahdist War. His decision to resign leads to his fiancée Ethne's (played by Jane Seymour) rejection, his friends branding him as a coward, and receiving four white feathers, the traditional symbol of cowardice, from three of his fellow officers and his fiancée.

Feeling guilty and ashamed, Harry decides to redeem himself by going alone to Sudan and helping his former regiment, which he knows is in danger. As he disguises himself as an Arab, he faces many challenges, makes some friends and enemies, and experiences dangerous scenarios for survival. Meanwhile, his former comrades find themselves facing the most formidable enemy they have ever encountered, making the odds of survival slim.

One of the strengths of the movie is its ability to recreate the era's mood and atmosphere. The cinematography and production design of the film are top-notch, and the film's scale and attention to detail make the setting come alive. The vast and barren landscapes of Sudan provide a striking contrast with the regimented routines of the British soldiers.

The film also benefits from the strong performances of its cast. Powell convincingly portrays Harry Faversham as a man torn between his sense of duty and moral cowardice. The supporting actors, particularly Bridges and Ward, turn in excellent performances, adding depth and nuance to their characters.

The battle scenes are breathtaking and intense, particularly the final confrontation, which is a highlight of the film. The pace of the movie is brisk, and the tension is constantly increasing. However, the movie doesn't neglect character development, with an emphasis on the men's relationships within the regiment, particularly their loyalty to each other, shown in conflicts with external forces.

The film's themes center around courage, loyalty, redemption, and the cost of war on humanity. Harry's unwillingness to fight leads him to leave his previous life and face adversity, ultimately gaining courage and understanding of the importance of loyalty. His desperation to get back his life and find purpose becomes a journey of acceptance of the consequences of his choices and the acknowledgment of his responsibility as an officer.

The Four Feathers is a solid film that captures the British Empire's military efforts in Africa with gripping accuracy. The action sequences are engaging, and the dramatic elements are compelling, providing insight into the mechanics of colonialism and identity. The movie raises a relevant discussion of what it means to be brave in war situations and humanizes the enemy, creating complex and engaging narratives that not only entertain but educate. Overall, it's a well-made film worth watching.

The Four Feathers is a 1978 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

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    1 hr 40 min
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    6.4  (684)