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THE FOUR FEATHERS
UK: Buena Vista International UK
Cast: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Michael Sheen, Djimon Hounsou, Laila Rouass, Lucy Gordon, Nick Holder, Alex Jennings, Kris Marshall, Rupert Penry-Jones, Tim Pigott-Smith, Ben Uttley
Director: Shekhar Kapur
UK: 131 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for intense battle sequences, disturbing images, violence and some sensuality
UK Certificate: 15 contains moderate violence
USA Release Date: 20 September 2002
UK Release Date: 18 July 2003
A gripping adventure of epic proportions, THE FOUR FEATHERS is a story of heroic redemption, undying loyalty and rivalry in love. Exquisitely filmed against the austere beauty of the Moroccan desert as well as within the grand walls of English aristocracy, this thrilling tale takes audiences into exotic cultures seldom seen on film and explores the fascinating contrast between disparate civilizations. A sweeping saga that captures a friend's bond and a hero's destiny, THE FOUR FEATHERS is a look at man's indomitable spirit to survive.
The story, set in 1898, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plans to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancee send him four white feathers which symbolize cowardice. To redeem his honor he disguises himself as and Arab and secretly saves the lives of those who branded him a coward.