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The seventh filming of A.E.W. Mason's classic 1902 novel, this near-epic production of The Four Feathers looks great, sounds great, and feels rather average. It would be difficult to diminish the rousing adventure of Mason's novel, and director Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) certainly gets more bang for his buck, with massive battle scenes and rugged, sun-baked harshness enhanced by Robert Richardson's masterful cinematography. Kapur preserves the universal appeal of the story, set in the 1880s, in which a promising soldier (Heath Ledger) resigns on the eve of battle in Britain's Sudanese campaign, is labeled a coward by his fiancée (Kate Hudson), and redeems himself by posing as a Muslim warrior to rescue his best friend Jack (Wes Bentley) from certain death in the desert. For all its heroics, however, the film seems oddly passionless; Djimon Hounsou is excellent as Ledger's desert guardian, but these young Hollywood stars lack the authenticity of Zoltan Korda's 1939 film, which remains the definitive version. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned

Cast

Wes BentleyJack Durrance
Daniel CaltagironeGustave
James CosmoCol. Sutch
Lucy GordonIsabelle
Djimon HounsouAbou Fatma
Kate HudsonEthne Eustace
Alex JenningsColonel Hamilton
Heath LedgerHarry Feversham
Kris MarshallEdward Castleton
Rupert Penry-JonesTom Willoughby
Tim Pigott-SmithGeneral Feversham
Michael SheenWilliam Trench
Alek WekAquol

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Shekhar Kapur
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 131 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 20, 2002
    EuropeJul 18, 2003
    JapanSep 20, 2003
    AustraliaJun 5, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 18, 2003
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