The Four Feathers (TV Movie)
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Harry Faversham is a young officer tired of the military, having grown up in the army - his father is a general. He is engaged to a woman who is also of the army, but more inclined to accept it. This then is the basis of the story. Two people, similar backgrounds, different goals. He wants his children to grow up without the Army, she is impressed with a regimental wedding.
War breaks out again in the Sudan and Harry is put to the test - does he stay with the Army. However, before he can have his resignation accepted, a recall of officers occurrs and telegrams arrive at his engagement party demanding the return of Harry and his officer guests to the regiment. Harry burns the telegrams and is seen by one officer. When the officers discover what he has done, each of the three send him a white feather, a sign of cowardice. His fiancee, when she sees this is at first outraged that they would do this, but when Harry tells her what he did, she adds her feather to the other three - making a total of four feathers. The movie is the story of how Harry redeems his honor by giving the four feathers back to their senders, after an act of courage in each case.
This movie has better role definition for some charecters that is missing in the '30s version. The general, played by Harry Andrews is exceptional. Jane Seymour as Ethney is also excellent as the woman who scorns a man for a percieved act of cowardice but doesn't see the inner turmoil he is suffering. The three officers do well. They give off the feeling of priviledged junior leaders common to the British Army through the years.Read more ›
However, the DVD has less than ten tracks, picture quality that is not really enhanced, and some rather poor sound quality. I watched the DVD with headphones and heard slight hissing that one would expect from a dated VHS recording. For these technical reasons, I can't give full stars to this DVD recording.
Other reviewers have told you what the story is about, so I won't go into that.
This movie has an excellent cast including the following: Beau Bridges, Jane Seymour, and Robert Powell.
All of the actors do an excellent job at making you believe that they are who they are.
The battle sequences leave more than a little to be desired, but they are excellent for the day.
The Love story is very believable and does not include any sexual scenes or unecessary nudity.
The man who plays the father is also very good, and I'm glad for all of the back story on why Beau Bridges character is the way he is.
Overall, the story is really very good, but it's battle sequences are a saddning part.
You can clearly see that a men are not stabbed in several sequences.
Well, that is a minor quibble.
Anyway, see the movie, it doesn't contain any sexuality (unlike the new version) and that should be a plus for most parents and adults.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story has always been my favorite - of all the movies done, I think this one is the best.Published 9 months ago by Dorothy J. Martch
I have looked for this version of this movie for a long time. Watched it the day it arrived and I am very happy with it.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this DVD to replace an old taped copy that was off the television, complete with commercials. Happy to find this at a reasonable price.Published on August 22, 2013 by appaloosa
Beau Bridges and Jane Seymour make this movie great. I had a hard time finding it but it is now in safe in my collection. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by carol a. hulsebosch
I only gave this item a 1 star because I did not get the item I purchased,it has nothing to do with the movie itself. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by Tessa's Mom
The story line was interesting and intriquing at first but than it became to predictable. It also seems a bit far fetched that each man that gave him the white feathers, for what... Read morePublished on September 7, 2003 by L. J Nary
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