The Four Feathers

  • 15
  • Shekhar Kapur (2002)
  • US / UK
  • 125 min
The Four Feathers
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

In visual terms, this filming of AEW Mason's novel by Shekhar Kapur has the grandiose qualities to justify a new interpretation more than 60 years after the Korda brothers' classic version. The film's major action sequence - a desert battle between a meagre British contingent and a vast Sudanese army - certainly reaches the thrill levels of Zulu. Its pacing and casting, however, are significantly flawed with too many drawn-out, talky sequences punctuating the Boys' Own adventures and a youthful line-up that smacks of pandering to the lucrative 15-to-24-year-old demographic. Heath Ledger has heroic appeal as disgraced officer Harry Feversham, who adopts an Arab identity to secretly assist his battalion, but Wes Bentley and Kate Hudson are stiff and unconvincing, which diminishes interest in the central love triangle. Accept the movie on its own terms, however, and there are gorgeous backdrops and expensive production values to savour - as well as Djimon Hounsou's captivating turn as Ledger's African ally.

Plot Summary

Period adventure starring Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley and Kate Hudson. In 1888, Harry Feversham, a young officer in the British Army, resigns his commission instead of joining the war campaign in the Sudan. Branded a coward by his family and friends, Feversham sets out on a dangerous undercover mission to clear his name and win back his fiancée.

Cast and crew


Harry Feversham
Heath Ledger
Jack Durrance
Wes Bentley
Ethne Eustace
Kate Hudson
Abou Fatma
Djimon Hounsou
Michael Sheen
Colonel Hamilton
Alex Jennings
General Feversham
Tim Pigott-Smith
Kris Marshall
Rupert Penry-Jones


Shekhar Kapur

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Violence, swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 18 Jul 2003
Certificate 15