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The Four Feathers

The Four Feathers (2002)

The story, set in 1885, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which symbolize cowardice. To redeem his honor he disguises himself as an Arab and secretly saves the lives of those who branded him a coward.

Plot Keywords: islam, loyalty, bravery, british empire, sudan, army, revenge, honor, murder, escape, soldier, battle, church, violence, britain, slave, colonialism, military, white feather, imperialism

DirectorShekhar Kapur
WritersMichael Schiffer, A.E.W. Mason, Hossein Amini
Production CompaniesParamount, Miramax, Jaffilms Inc., Belhaven Limited, Blinding Edge Pictures, Dune Films, Marty Katz Productions
Production CountriesUnited Kingdom, United States of America
Spoken LanguagesEnglish

Alternate Titles

Frères du désert
Le Quattro Piume
Čtyři pírka
Las cuatro plumas