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With: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Sheen, Lucy Gordon, James Cosmo
Written by: Michael Schiffer, Hossein Amini, based on the novel by A.E.W. Mason
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense battle sequences, disturbing images, violence and some sensuality
Running Time: 130
Date: 09/08/2002

The Four Feathers (2002)

1 Star (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Shekhar Kapur's new film The Four Feathers is a blatant attempt to snag some Oscar gold -- especially in the Best Costume Design category -- but it really couldn't be any more off course. It's cold, misguided, confusing, illiterate, boring, badly acted and flat-out laughable. For the film, Kapur grabbed the old 1907 A.E.W. Mason novel (previously filmed six times), rounded up a cast of non-British actors -- Kate Hudson, Heath Ledger and Wes Bentley -- and headed for the desert. The story has Harry Faversham (Ledger) dropping out of the British army just before shipping out to North Africa. His colleagues and his best friend (Bentley) brand him a coward and his fiancée (Hudson) dumps him. So Harry sets out as a civilian to redeem himself and to see what he can do on his own. A local warrior (Djimon Hounsou) befriends him and lends a hand.

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