Based on the novel by A.E.W. Mason, this movie adaptation is the third of its kind, following 1939 and 1977 versions. It is the story of a British commander, Harry (Heath Ledger), who follows in his father's footsteps by joining the army. He is engaged to marry the woman of his dreams, Ethne (Kate Hudson), whose father was also a soldier. But when his regiment is to be sent to war in the Sudan, Harry gets nervous. On a whim, he resigns his post, and is instantly rebuffed by three of his closest friends. They each give him a feather symbolic of his fear. When he tells Ethne what he has done, she gives him the fourth, explaining that she cannot love a coward. Lost and alone, Harry cannot come to grips with what has happened. So he travels alone to the Sudan, hoping to in some way help his fellow countrymen and redeem his honor. What he finds instead is a land rife with slavery, brutal violence, and a deadly desert climate. He is befriended by Abou (Djimon Hounsou), a Sudanese wanderer, who saves Harry's life time after time. Director Shekhar Kapur (ELIZABETH) makes this moving adventure story utterly believable with striking photography by Robert Richardson and unmatchable performances from Ledger and Hounsou.
Paul Feldsher - Producer, THE FOUR FEATHERS (2002)
Heath Ledger - Australian actor, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, THE DARK KNIGHT
Wes Bentley - Actor
Djimon Hounsou - Actor, AMISTAD, THE ISLAND, BLOOD DIAMOND, CONSTANTINE
Marty Katz - Producer
Rupert Penry-Jones - Actor, CHARLOTTE GRAY (2001)
Allon Reich - Executive Producer, FOUR FEATHERS (2002)
Julie Goldstein - Exec .Producer, 'The Mighty'
James Horner - Composer, COMMANDO (1985)
Stanley R. Jaffe - American Producer
Stanley Jaffe - American Producer
Shekhar Kapur - Director/"Bandit Queen"
Kate Hudson - American Actress, ALMOST FAMOUS (2000)
Robert Richardson - Director of Photography, CASINO (1995)
A. E. W. Mason - Writer\"Drums"
Theatrical Release: SEPTEMBER 20, 2002
"...The great cinematographer Robert Richardson lights the battle scenes like action paintings..." - 10/17/2002 Rolling Stone, p.77
"...An old-fashioned but emotionally stirring adventure tale of the kind they rarely make anymore..." - 11/01/2002 Box Office, p.150-1
"...Spectacular....Contributing to the epic scope of the film are James Horner's elegant score..." - 09/10/2002 Hollywood Reporter, p.50
"...Heath Ledger cuts a reasonable dash....Enjoyable..." - 09/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.49-50
"[T]he battle scenes deliver David Lean-style spectacle." - 04/01/2004 Total Film, p.119