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Four Feathers

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.67 /10
John Clements , Ralph Richardson , C. Aubrey Smith
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Directed by: Zoltan Korda
Written by: R.C. Sherriff, Lajos Biro, Arthur Wimperis

Released: 1939
Origin: GB
Length: 130

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Would be worth anyone's time and money if only for the scenes in which Lord Kitchener's gunboats are hauled up the cataracts of the Nile... Offers pleasant glimpses of English country life; Ralph Richardson in one of his ablest performances; and C. Aubrey Smith, delightful in comedy that supplements the major narrative gracefully.
(Richard Sheridan Ames, Rob Wagner's Script)
The news this morning - is that Alexander Korda has re-taken the Sudan. In fact, Mr Korda, the Kipling of the kinema, has retaken the already twice-filmed Four Feathers ... and a fine, stirring, gorgeously Technicolored, explosively cinematic job he has made of it, too ... a fifth feather - for Mr Korda's cap... the biggest and best show in town.
(Bosley Crowther, New York Times)
The highest possible praise is due to Alexander Korda... and his brother Zoltan... They have succeeded in striking the right national note of the moment. Primarily, however, it is important as a film, and from that standpoint, it is without doubt a British achievement... superbly photographed... Certain scenes will remain unforgettable... Do not, I beg you, miss this film - it is tremendous and so far must rank as our finest and most successful British film.
(Catholic Film News)
It cannot fail to be one of the best films of the year... Even the richest of the ham goes smoothly down, savoured with humour and satire.
(Graham Greene)
This grand Victorian adventure yarn is the zenith of the 1930's imperial adventure cycle. The cast is perfect, the colour glows, the battle scenes are stunning. Harry Faversham's redemptive quest in the Sudanese desert must have influenced my ideas about patriotism, courage and responsibility, for I set out to see it four times in the summer of 1939. I was five. Fourteen years later I too was an infantry officer on an imperial mission under Egyptian skies.
(Philip French, National Film Theatre Bulletin , 1984)

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