The Four Feathers (1977)

Genres - Adventure, Epic  |   Sub-Genres - British Empire Film  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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This fifth film version of A.E.W. Mason's "Sun Never Sets" adventure novel The Four Feathers was adapted for television by Gerald DiPego. Following the death of British general "Chinese" Gordon at Khartoum, 19th-century gentleman officer Harry Favershem (Beau Bridges) is summoned to active duty in the Sudan. Though not a coward, Favershem fears that he'll turn coward in the heat of battle, thereby costing the lives of his comrades; thus, he opts to stay in England. Three of his disgruntled fellow officers each send Favershem a white feather, the symbol of cowardice. When a fourth feather is handed to Favershem by his fiancee (Jane Seymour), Favershem vows to prove himself in battle--and to personally hand back the four feathers to his accusers.

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war, aristocracy, capture, colonialism, coward, disguise, escape, massacre, POW (Prisoner of War), provincial, rescue, veteran [military]