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The Four Feathers
(2002)
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:

Vocals by:
Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
Tony Hinnigan
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(September 17th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciate the merging of Western and worldly elements into James Horner's more eclectic, intellectually engaging works.

Avoid it... if rich Qawwali vocals representing the Sudan cannot substantially compensate for Horner's predictable romantic tones from the orchestra.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #370
WRITTEN 9/24/02, REVISED 1/10/09
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The Four Feathers: (James Horner) With the same lavish production values as his acclaimed film Elizabeth in 1998, director Shekhar Kapur's rendition of The Four Feathers provides a modern look at a story that was last featured on television in 1978 and on the big screens in 1939. Unfortunately, impressive cinematography alone could not save this production from its poor pacing and embarrassing acting performances by an assortment of teen heartthrobs who were unqualified for the subject matter. The actual battle depictions of the British Empire's 1898 campaign to reclaim the Sudan are highlights that come far too sporadically to save the film. With over sixty years of time between the original mini-epic by Zoltan Korda in 1939 and 2002's extravagant production, it would be difficult to compare the Miklós Rózsa score for the original with James Horner's recent entry. The basic plot of the films is the same, but despite the inherent appeal of romance set in conditions of war and adventure, the modern version of The Four Feathers by Kapur suffered badly from poor responses by critics and audiences. The gruesome action sequences are accented by Horner's sometimes brutal score, a work dominated in other sections by its heavily percussive and vocal ethnicity. But the music is inevitably saved by the romantic edge that accompanies the massive scope of the event. The project, technically the only Horner composition actually written in 2002, gave the composer yet another opportunity to score a large scale war epic with a significant ethnic tilt. The historical war genre had been topic of frequency for Horner in the early 2000's, with The Four Feathers following Enemy at the Gates and Windtalkers in the previous year. The latter, Windtalkers, was rightfully compared to Horner's previous standard for ethnic excellence, Thunderheart, and unfortunately failed to live up to its expectations. The fault with Windtalkers was its unaccomplished welding of the Native American and Western genres of vocals and orchestra into one coherent work. For The Four Feathers, Horner once again has searched out a noteworthy ethnic soloist to enhance his endeavors in a historical, worldly setting.



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Average: 3.41 Stars
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Can Horner Write Action?
Geo - August 17, 2016, at 7:33 a.m.
1 comment  (78 views)
A chant in the movie
Nina - April 1, 2008, at 7:38 a.m.
1 comment  (1572 views)
the trailer...I need help=)
andreuzzo - February 12, 2004, at 11:10 a.m.
1 comment  (2122 views)
Absolutely wonderful! Worth getting.
Krishna Manohar - September 6, 2003, at 9:04 a.m.
1 comment  (2358 views)
Horner IS a THIEF   Expand >>
Max - August 21, 2003, at 10:53 a.m.
2 comments  (3705 views)
Newest: July 3, 2004, at 9:21 a.m. by
JS Park
Alternative review at scorereviews.com
Andy - June 10, 2003, at 7:31 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 79:18
• 1. The Makings of a Fine Soldier (3:28)
• 2. The Dance (2:22)
• 3. Harry's Resignation (10:09)
• 4. Sniper! (1:27)
• 5. To Abou Clea (3:08)
• 6. The Martyrs (2:40)
• 7. The Mahdi (10:47)
• 8. The Letters (6:52)
• 9. Poison from a Friend (6:56)
• 10. Escape (6:45)
• 11. Ethne's Feather (4:21)
• 12. Ghost of Serenity (6:30)
• 13. A Coward No Longer (13:49)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains the following short note about the score from James Horner: "My very special thanks to Rahat, without whose marvelous and wonderful voice this score and album would not have been possible. This has truly been a collaboration which I shall treasure always."
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