The key fact about "The Four Feathers" is not that the venerable, 100-year-old novel it's based on has already been filmed six times. It's that three of those versions were silent, and the most famous adaptation of all was made in 1939, likely before even the parents of current stars Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley and Kate Hudson were born.
There's a reason for this. This epic tale of military action and romance is not only set in the Victorian world, it's key plot point is so Victorian it's difficult to envision today's audiences connecting to it. Sensing this, as well as for reasons of their own, director Shekhar Kapur and screenwriters Michael Schiffer and Hossein Amini have tried hard to modernize and reconceptualize things, but the barriers finally prove to be too great.
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