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The Four Feathers

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Movie poster for The Four Feathers (2002)

The Four Feathers is a 1902 adventure novel by British writer A.E.W. Mason which has been filmed several times. It tells the story of British officer, Harry Faversham, who resigns from his regiment just before the Battle of Omdurman in the Sudan in the late 1880s. He is faced with either redeeming himself of the subsequent charge of cowardice, or else losing any respect in stern Victorian society.

Film Versions

Film versions include:

Four Feathers (USA) (1915)

Directed by J. Searle Dawley

Black-and-white silent.

The Four Feathers (USA) (1929)

Producer David O. Selznick; Director Merian C. Cooper, Lothar Mendes, Ernest B. Schoedsack; Starring Richard Arlen, Fay Wray, Clive Brook.

Black-and-white silent.

The Four Feathers (UK) (1939)

Producer Alexander Korda, Director Zoltan Korda Starring Ralph Richardson, John Clements, C Aubrey Smith, June Duprez.

Considered by many to have been the best of the film versions, this was lavishly filmed in colour on many of the real African locations.

Storm Over the Nile (UK) (1955)

Directed by Terence Young, Zoltan Korda Starring Anthony Steele, James Robertson Justice, Ian Carmichael, Ronald Lewis, Michael Hordern

A low-budget remake, using much of the location footage shot for the 1939 version of The Four Feathers.

The Four Feathers (UK) (1977)

Director Don Sharp Starring Robert Powell, Simon Ward, Beau Bridges, Jane Seymour

Completely remade for a new generation, the classic tale retains its imperial stiff upper lip and Boys Own style of adventure heroics.

The Four Feathers (US) (2002)

Directed by Shekhar Kapur, and starring Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, and Kate Hudson. Its running time is 127 minutes.

Tagline: Freedom. Country. Honor. Passion. To save his best friend, one man must risk everything he loves.

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