A.E.W. Mason's oft-filmed classic novel The Four Feathers gets its first CinemaScope treatment in this dynamic adventure co-directed by Terence Young (Dr. No) and Zoltan Korda, who also helmed the famed 1939 version. Filmed and set in the Sudan, it tells of Harry Faversham (Anthony Steel), one of a group of close friends in the British Regiment. When he abruptly resigns his commission, his friends and fiancee each give him a white feather: the symbol of cowardice. His struggle to regain his reputation forms the backbone of this thrilling tale, driven by R.C. Sherriff's screenplay and Miklos Rozsa's superb score. Newly remastered.
This fourth film version of A.E.W. Mason's adventure yarn THE FOUR FEATHERS relies heavily on stock footage from the more famous 1939 adaptation (both were produced by Alexander Korda and codirected by Korda's brother Zoltan). Anthony Steel stars as 19th cntury British officer Harry Faversham, who begs off from serving with Kitchener's forces in the Sudan, preferring to stay in London with fiancee Mary Burroughs (Mary Ure). Almost immediately, Faversham receives the traditional "white feather" of cowardice from his three closest friends--and then is handed a fourth feather by Mary. Determined to prove that he is not a coward, Faversham heads off to the Sudan to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with his comrades. He also intends to return those dreaded feather to his three former friends, even resorting to native disguise at one point to do so. Laurence Harvey essays the old Ralph Richardson role of John Durrance, who is blinded by the sun and thus unaware of Faversham's true identity, while James Robertson Justice fills the shoes of FOUR FEATHERS' crusty C. Aubrey Smith ("War was war in my day, sir!")
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