The Four Feathers (1977 film)
|The Four Feathers|
|Directed by||Don Sharp|
|Produced by||Norman Rosemont|
|Written by||Gerald Di Pego|
|Based on||novel by A.E.W. Mason|
|Edited by||Eric Boyd-Perkins|
|Norman Rosemont Productions
|Distributed by||NBC (USA)|
|Running time||100 minutes|
The Four Feathers is a 1977 British television film adaptation of the classic novel The Four Feathers by novelist A.E.W. Mason. Directed by Don Sharp, this version starred Beau Bridges, Robert Powell, Simon Ward and Jane Seymour, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. It follows the novel almost exactly, and response to the film was very positive.
Lieutenant Harry Faversham (Beau Bridges) realises his regiment is being deployed to the Sudan where they would see combat. He promptly resigns his officer's commission, stating that he did not wish to leave his fiancé, Ethne (Seymour). In reality, he was questioning the cause, and was fearful of seeing combat. Following his resignation, his fiancé and three friends present him with white feathers, representing cowardice, and turn their backs on him. Following his regiments deployment, Faversham realizes he has made a grave mistake, and that he will never be able to live any quality of life unless his honour is restored.
Disguising himself as an Arab, Faversham makes his way to Sudan determined to find his unit. He learns of an impending attack on the regiment, and tries to make it in time to save them. During the battle, his closest friend Captain Jack Durrance (Powell) becomes engaged in close combat, during which he is blinded when a black-powder rifle goes off next to his face. Faversham attacks the Arabs who surround Durrance, and rescues him as he staggers blindly. In the end, Faversham is able to help his regiment, and redeem his honour.
- Beau Bridges ... Harry Faversham
- Robert Powell ... Jack Durrance
- Simon Ward ... William Trench
- Jane Seymour ... Ethne Eustace
- Harry Andrews ... Gen. Faversham
- Richard Johnson ... Abou Fatma
- David Robb ... Thomas Willoughby
- Richard Beale ... Wembol (valet)
- Robin Bailey ... Col. Eustace
- John Hallam ... Sergeant Major
- Julian Barnes ... Lt. Bradley
- Mary Maude ... Mrs. Faversham
- Frank Gatliff ... Old major
- Robert Flemyng ... Old colonel
- Robert James ... John (the butler)
The desert sequences were shot in Almeria, Spain.
The LA Times praised it as "a large, sumptuous movie in the grand, romantic tradition... staged with fine sweep and power by Don Sharp from a meticulous adaptation".
- ROBERT POWELL: FROM CHRIST TO CAD Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 01 Jan 1978: n4
- TV REVIEW: 'Four Feathers' in Grand Tradition Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 02 Jan 1978: d20.
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