Two top-notch actors-Beau Bridges (The Agency, The Fabulous Baker Boys) and Jane Seymour (The Onedin Line)-imbue this high-energy British costume drama with charisma and suspense. After Lieutenant Harry Feversham abruptly resigns his military commission on the eve of England's war with Egypt, he risks losing both the love of his life and the respect of three valued comrades. His attempts to redeem himself are audacious, but are they enough? 100 min. DVD.
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What it lacks in grandeur, this 1978 TV version of The Four Feathers makes up for in fidelity to A.E.W. Mason's classic novel. By cannibalizing the superior 1939 production for epic shots and sequences, this modest adaptation draws attention to its meager production values, relying heavily on casting and chemistry to compensate. That it succeeds, more or less, in capturing the essence of Mason's grand adventure is largely due to the appeal of Beau Bridges and Jane Seymour in the prime of their early careers. (Bridges's film career was gaining momentum; Seymour would rise from here to the similarly romantic Somewhere in Time.) Bridges is the shamed soldier Harry Faversham, transcending cowardice by rescuing his closest friends during Britain's bloody campaign in 1870s Sudan; Seymour is his beloved back home, torn between Harry and the seemingly braver Jack (Robert Powell). TV veteran Don Sharp provides tepid direction, while screenwriter Gerald DiPego would continue his prolific career for decades to come. --Jeff ShannonFrom the Back Cover:
Just hours before ending his military career, Harry Feversham makes a decision that will change the course of his life and perhaps, cost him the woman he loves. Beau Bridges ("The Agency", "The Fabulous Baker Boys") and Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman", "The Onedin Line") star in this passionate epic drama. Harry Feversham is a handsome, young English Lieutenant, the product of generations of military men. As England teeters on the brink of war with Egypt, however, Harry resigns his commission. Then, a telegram arrives ordering Harry back to the front. He keeps the contents secret, but two days later, his deception is revealed. In disgust, his three closest army comrades label him a coward and sever all ties. Desperate to prove himself, Harry dons a disguise and teturns to the battlefield. Though they fail to recognize him, he throws himself into a series of incredible clashes, saving each of his three friends from certain death. Even this may not be enough to convince them of his courage and regain his honour.
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