Four Feathers Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Four Feathers Script





Pass it left to Jack!



Pass the bloody thing,




Tom, pass it left!



Pass the ball!

Come on, Tom!



To Jack!



Go on, Tom!






What's that man's name?!



You see the girls, Jack?



Push on!

Move it, boys! Come on!



Stand tall!



There you go... straight.



Go on, Vicar!



Sean! Sean!



Go on... keep going!



Break it up!



I need you on the field, lad.



- Huh?

- You're all right.



Behind you!






Take it, Jack!



Well done, old chap!



Well done, Jack.



Is there anything else left

in there?



How long you going to be

in that bathtub, Vicar?



As long as I like.



Stand tall, Vicar.






Willoughby, you look wonderful,




Princess Willoughby.



Miss Willoughby.



Hey, Tom, there's a hair

out of place there, boy.



When are you gentlemen

going to grow up?



"Gentlemen"? Did he

just call us "gentlemen"?



I believe he did.



- I won't take that from anyone.

- Nor will I.



I like when you do this.



Not my hair!



- Willoughby, this is...

- Not the hair!



Not the hair!



And don't think we're going

to take you any more seriously



once you're promoted,

Miss Willoughby.



- We'll see about that.

- Whoo!






Don't worry, Vicar,

they're only women.



They won't bite.



Just be quiet.



Does it hurt?



Uh... yes.



What are you two lovebirds

laughing about?



His eye.



Don't fall for it.



He colors it in with a pen.



I can draw you one

if you're feeling left out.



Go on, then.






Well, I want a black eye

like Jack's.



If you really want one, Harry,

I... can facilitate you.



Want a second black eye, Jack?






That's good.



Are you nervous?



Stop it.






What are you two doing?






I want to dance.



N-Not up there, Ethne.



Now, Ethne, come down

from there, please.



Not until you dance with me,




Oh, dear, yes, come down, Ethne.



- For God's sake, be careful.

- Oh, please.



Jack, tell her to get down.



When does she ever listen to me?



Ethne, listen to Jack, please.



Relax, Harry.



Listen to me.



Thank you, Jack.



I will not pirouette.



Dance with me.



Right, right.



- Oh, my God.

- Scary, isn't it, Harry?



Don't be such a bore, Harry.



I'm trying.



Ooh! Ooh!






Please be careful, okay?



It's not very funny, Ethne.



Excuse me, Mr. Faversham, sir.



Your father is asking

for you and Miss Eustace.






Thank you.



- Sir.

- Sir.



Colonel Sutch.



Harry, my boy.



How are you, sir?



Well, well. Mum.



Colonel Sutch.



I'm sorry to send for you,

my dear.



I was hoping to steal you

for the last dance.



It'd be my pleasure, General.



Your son won't dance with me.



Where were you?



Catching a breath of air, sir.



My dear.



She is very beautiful, Harry.



Yes, she is, sir.



I was thinking how proud

my father would be



if he were here.



An officer who gave his life

for his country



deserves far more respect

than I do.



I wish I'd met him.



Are you ready, my dear?



With all my heart.



My lords, ladies and gentlemen,

the general.



Dr. Johnson once said



every man feels meanly

about himself



for not having been a soldier.



Well, that's something

no one here tonight need fear.



Whether or not you've seen

active service



you have shown yourselves

willing to lay down your lives



and for that...



I salute you.



- The Royal Cumbrians!

- The Royal Cumbrians!



Now, in my mind, there is

only one sacrifice more noble



than pledging one's life

for one's country



and that is... loving...



and marrying a man who does.



- Marry?!

- Marry?!



Harry... and Ethne.



Harry and Ethne!






Bravo! Bravo!



Form a square!



Form a square!



Well, now that we've had

such a public engagement



can we have a nice,

quiet wedding, please?



Not on your life!



I want the full works,

the church near my home



and then a rousing speech

from your father.






My father?



- Mm-hmm.

- Mm-hmm.



"I'd like

to congratulate my son.



When I was his age, I was

in charge of a full regiment."



He doesn't sound

anything like that.



Oh, yes, he does.



Besides, you will be

in charge of a regiment.






It'll be Jack and Isabelle's

turn next.



Jack? Oh, no,

Jack will never get married.



He's too much of a soldier.



So are you.



Yes, but not like him.



Yes, you are, more than him,

more than any of them.



You're my husband.



Good night, ladies



Good night, ladies...



Go away.



Please, ignore them.



Don't act like children!



Merrily, we roll along,

roll along, roll along



Merrily, we roll along

until the morning comes



Good night, gentlemen,

good night, gentlemen...



Good night, Ethne!



Good night, Harry!



Good night, Ethne,

we have to take him home!



Hyah! Hyah!



Come on, Harry, keep up!



Come on, John!



Come on, Mr. Castleton,

get it out!



Mr. Trench, carry on!



Mr. Castleton's dead...

enemy spear through the foot!



Come on, get a move on!



Get it out!



Come on, let's go! Come on!



Gentlemen, the colonel!






I have some news.



An army of Muhammadan fanatics

under the command



of their self-proclaimed

messiah, the Mahdi



has attacked a British fortress

in the Sudan.



Our forces there fought a heroic



but in the end hopeless,

rearguard action.



They were slaughtered to a man.



As a result of these hostilities



several regiments,

including the Royal Cumbrians



will be shipping out

to the Sudan within the week.



Congratulations to you all.



This government

has finally seen fit



to send its soldiers to war.



Finally, we're off.






God has endowed



the British race



with a worldwide empire



that they may execute



His sovereign purpose

in the world.



The victories you will have

over the heathen



are the victories

of the nobler soul in man.



- God save the queen.

- God save the queen!



All together!



This is what nerves do

to grown men.



If we're going to go to war,

I wish we'd just get on with it.



Do you ever think

about what it's going to be like



when we get there?



All the time.



Don't you?



I sometimes wonder



what a godforsaken desert

in the middle of nowhere



has to do

with Her Majesty the queen.



What's going on?



What happened?



Aren't you afraid

you won't come back?



Did you have a bad dream

about me or something?



Did I get my head lopped off

by one of those Mahdi savages?



Yes, Jack.



Of course, I'm scared.



Then, what...



...what makes you go?



I suppose... I'm going



because you're going...



you, Trench, Castleton,

even Willoughby...



but especially you.



There's no one

I'd sooner trust my life with.



What is this?



My papers, sir.



If it's leave you want,

there's a different procedure.



Normally I wouldn't consider it

in the circumstances



but given that you've

just got engaged...



It isn't leave I want, sir.



I wish to resign my commission.



If I were you,

I'd think very carefully



about what

you're saying, Lieutenant.



I've made up my mind, sir.



We'll talk about this when

you've spoken with your father.



It isn't his decision, sir.



I do not accept

these papers, Lieutenant



and I do not accept

that one of my men



would walk out

on his regiment...



- Sir...

...the very week



we are shipping off to war!



Now, as far as I'm concerned,

you were never here.



You can thank

your father for that.






I wish to resign my commission.



Please leave

these barracks immediately.






Hello, Miss Willoughby!



I thought I could smell



the scent of fresh roses

in the air.



Harry's resigned.



Resigned what?



His bloody commission,

what do you think?



What did Hamilton do?



Refuse him leave to marry Ethne?



Hamilton didn't do anything.



There was no excuse for it.



"Excuse for it"?



You're talking about Harry.



He's right, Tom.

He's just got engaged.



It's perfectly natural

to have doubts.



We're sent to war, and

the very next day he resigns?



There's no doubt about it.



What's that supposed to mean?



I think it's perfectly clear

what it means.



- Tom, don't be absurd.

- Shut up, Vicar.



It means he's a coward, Jack.



Then say that to his face.



I would've done



only he left the barracks

before I had a chance.



All right, then,

say it to my face.



Easy, Jack.



Harry's a disgrace!



He's disgraced the regiment!






He's the best soldier

in the regiment!



Obviously not when it counts.



Get off!



I will tell him



but not to his face...

he doesn't deserve it.



He deserves to be treated



with the same contempt

that he treated us.



What contempt?



Did he talk to you about it?



Did he talk to any of you?



He's left our backs exposed



and he doesn't even have

the courage to tell us.



He was my friend, too, Jack.



He'll be there.



This has to be answered.



Do you, Harry Faversham



take this woman to be

your lawful, wedded wife?



Yes, and you may kiss the bride.



You can't jump ahead like that.



You have to let me enjoy

my wedding.






It's your fault we won't be able



to do the real one

for another six months.



There's no reason why

we can't get married



whenever we like, is there?



I've heard that before.



I've left the army.



No, Ethne, I...

I have... left the army.






Well, there was talk

they may send us abroad...



for a year or two.



I didn't want to wait that long

to get married.



Well, I would've waited...



or come with you.



My mother did the same

for my father.



Yes, I know, but it isn't

what I wanted for us.



You're all that matters

to me now.



Where were they going

to send you?



They weren't sure.



Mr. Faversham.



Is this your friends' idea

of a joke?



What is it, Harry?



Feathers of... of cowardice.



Yesterday, we... were informed



that our regiment

would be shipping out



to the Sudan...



...that we would be...

sent to war.



You don't know where

they were sending you...



you said so yourself...

and you did it for me.



- Ethne...

- Nobody in their right minds



could call you a coward,

especially not your friends.



There's been some kind

of misunderstanding.



You have to clear it up.



You have to go back

to the regiment and clear it up.



No, I can't.



Then I will.



I'll go see Trent, Willoughby

and Castleton myself



and tell them it's

my fault you resigned



that you did it for me.



It has nothing to do with you,




Then why?



I never wanted to join the army!



I did it for my father.



I thought I'd serve out

my commission



in a year or two



keep everyone happy,

and then I could just...



You'd what, wait till we were

married to tell me the truth?



No, Ethne, l-I never meant

to lie to you.



No, but you were quite happy

to let me deceive myself.



Do you think people

will let us forget this?



I don't care

what people think, Ethne.



All I care about is us.



It's not about us, Harry.



It's not just about us.



What about Jack?



He would give his life for you.



Don't you think I know that?



Then go back.



It's not too late.



Tell them

you wouldn't have resigned



if it weren't for me.



I would... have resigned...



...and I wouldn't have gone

to war for anything or anyone.



Then you are a coward.



Fight for England!



"Avoid drinking local water

and spirits



"avoid local barrooms

and brothels



and, above all, remember,

you're a Christian soldier."



Why'd they give this to me?



It must be for you, Vicar.






After you.



May I speak with you, sir?



I don't know you.



I need to speak with you, sir.



British attack

the City of Korti!



British casualties in the Sudan!



Something wrong, Jack?



Well, I don't know about you lot



but I'm going to get a drink

before Mustafa does.



It's probably poisoned.



Mustafa, after you, mate.



- Take cover!

- Stay down!



Take cover! Take cover!



Where is he?



Get down and stay down!



- Get down!

- Take cover!



Where is he?



Where is he?



Take cover!



Stay down!

Stay down, everyone!



Find him! Find him!

Where the bloody hell is he?



He's on the roof!



- Where?!

- Over there!



Over there!



Get him!






- Move!

- Right, sir.






Put the gun down.



Put the gun down.



Put the gun down!



Tell him to put the gun down!



Put your gun down!



For God sakes, man,

put your gun down!






Hold your fire.



Put the gun down.



Tell him to put his gun down!



Don't! Don't! Don't!



What's done is done, Harry.



No, sir



it isn't.



Something like this happens...



...and you're lost.



You don't know



who you are anymore

or what you're capable of.



Unless I do something...



this is how people will

always remember me...



a feather...



and that is

how I will always see myself...



a coward.



All I know is I can't live

with myself like this.



Who gave you the fourth feather?



Jack Durrance?



No, sir.



Ethne did.



Dearest Ethne:



Forgive me for all the shame

I've caused you.



I can only imagine

the indignities



you must have suffered

because of me.



I hope my leaving London will

at least allow you



to begin your life again,

free of my shadow.



I have no right to your trust

or claim to your love



but please believe,

I never set out to deceive you.



I don't know



if an opportunity will ever

arise to redeem myself



but I have to believe it will



and I have to believe



that this time

I'll face up to my fears



and prove to myself and others,

I'm not a coward.



What did he pay you

to bring him here?



Listen, Gustave,

I wouldn't bring...



Take this.



Now get out.



Don't come back.



What do you want?



Can you take me

to the British camp at Korti?



Across the desert?









Can you take me there or not?



For your time.



Can you speak Arabic?



I can learn.



Yes, but can you learn

to look like an Arab?



If the Mahdi's men find you...



I'm taking a caravan of whores

up to Korti next week.



Come and see me then.



Left, right, left, right,

left, right, left.



Thank you.



Left, right, left, right,

left, right, left.



Congratulations, Jack.



I've decided

to give you a few weeks' leave.



Every report I receive

singles you out for praise.



You and several other officers

will be going to London



to convince Parliament



and the public opinion

that it's high time



this government ordered us

out of Korti



to rescue General Gordon.



With your permission, I'd rather

stay here with the regiment.






I don't feel

I've done my duty yet.



I wouldn't want

to let the others down.



Permission refused.



Sir, why me?



Because you're a hero, Jack.



With all due respect, sir



I don't think

we've been fighting long enough



to have any heroes

in this campaign.



Shut up!



Keep them quiet, Saadi!

What do I pay you for?!



They are princesses.



Can you imagine



even the savages have royalty?



But the British soldiers



pay me three dirham

an hour for them.



Well worth the trip to Korti.



Is this the Mahdi's territory?



Everywhere is Mahdi territory.



- Mm.

- Mm.



What is it?



She doesn't like my manners?






Stop it!



You're not to look at me!






Stop doing this!



Stop it! Stop it!



Stop it!



I'll teach you manners!



Stop it! Enough!



That'll teach you manners!






You think she'll thank you

for what you did today?



I don't expect her to.



Of course you do;

you saved her life.



Tsk, tsk! Tsk!



They're like children.



They have no concept

of gratitude or loyalty.



That's something you British

don't understand.



You come here,

trying to civilize them



with your Christian values.



Now, she'll thank you.



Don't be so proud, my friend.



There are followers of the Mahdi

everywhere in the Sudan.



The rebel tribes are gathering

forces under the leadership



of the Mahdi to fight us.



We do not need

more reinforcements.



All we need is

for this government



to give an order to march



and we will route the enemy



and preserve the dignity

of our empire.



Have you heard from Harry?






Have you?






Ethne, you can't blame yourself.



You make a stupid mistake



and you pay for it

for the rest of your life.



I can't forgive myself.



You had your reasons.



What reasons?






Because I was afraid

of what people would say.



What do I care what people said?



I loved him.



Ethne, you have to...



He came to me, Jack.



He came to me

and I turned him away.



It's all right.



It won't be like this

for the rest of your life.



I'll write to you when I'm gone.



Left, right, left, right,

left, right, left.



Left, right, left,

right, left, right, left.



Left, right, left, right,

left, right, left, right



left, right, stop!



Referee, come on!



That wasn't fair!






Open up.



He's got no teeth.

Get rid of him.



Who's next?!



Come on, keep 'em coming,

keep 'em coming.



No, he's too small.



I want to see

this man's teeth.



He looks strong enough.



Put him

with the baggage porters.



How many more we got?

How many, Bill?



Okay, we need

another three of them.



What's going on?!



This man comes

from a tribe of slaves.



The men will not serve

with him, sir.



Look, we need all the help

we can get.



Baggage porter!



Get him through.



I can't believe it.



Come on. Come on.

Get him through.



Come on, next.



My Dearest Jack:



I was so relieved

to receive your last letter.



While the whole country

is celebrating



your campaign against the Mahdi



all I feel is dread

and all I think about are



the precious times we spent

together: you, Harry, and I.



My father used to say



that God takes away

what's dearest to our hearts



to remind us

how much we take for granted.



Now that it's too late,

I wish I could turn back time.



How differently I'd do things

given a second chance.



Take good care of yourself,




I don't mind if you don't

come back covered in glory.



Just come back safely.



Your friend forever, Ethne.



Thoughtful of General Wolseley



to give us these umbrellas,

eh, Vicar?



I burn in the sun.



Come on, now, faster!






Watch out!



Abou Fatma.



My name is Abou Fatma.






I was a scout for General Hicks.



There are many in this camp

who serve the Mahdi.



When they find out there's

a British spy amongst them



watching them, they'll kill him.



It won't be long, Vedu.



Why would you warn me?



For money.



I can't pay you.



What's the feather for?



First time I killed a man.



Five men.






Ten men.






I will wear soon.



I'm a good soldier.



I... will protect you.



Who did this?! Who did this?!



Who did this?!



Who did this?!



Keep your eyes to the front.



Why would a British spy

be hiding from his own soldiers?



I'm not a spy.



Is that the same letter

you read over and over again



or do you get a different one

each day?



He writes them to himself.



Read us a line.



Read your own.



Don't be so coy.



You're amongst friends.



Come on, Jack, you can trust us.



"I'm so glad I came to hear you

speak that day in London."



Come on, more than that.



Don't leave us hanging on...




"It made me realize how much

your friendship means to me.



"Come back safely and soon...



my dearest Jack."






Well, well done,

"my dearest Jack"!



Who's the lucky lady?






I'm going to ask her

to marry me.



Congratulations, Jack.



That's fantastic, Jack.



She hasn't said yes.



Aah, she will.



"I realize how much

I bloody love you."



"How much your friendship

means to me."



Same thing.



Cheers, Jack.



Congratulations, Jack.



They look like the Mahdi's men.



I need to find out

where he's going.



Deserters, sir.



Corporal, cease fire!






Looks like they've stopped

for the night.



Why is it so important

to follow them?



The Mahdi spies will report

on our troop movements.



Not the spies...



...your friends.



To help them... if I can.



Are you a deserter?



Something like that.



I was sent to fight,

and I ran away.












I just...



There are many reasons why.



Mostly, I was afraid.



I found you half dead...



...crossing the desert alone.



You say you are afraid?



It's a different kind of fear.



Why are you protecting me?



God put you in my way.



I have no choice.









An Englishman and a Christian.



You must've done something

terrible to offend him.



You laugh like an Englishman.



And how does

an Englishman laugh?






they're leaving!



They're getting away.



We can't lose them.



All right, I'll...



I'll just sit here

and wait for you.



Take your time.






That is the fortress

of Abou Clea.



The British reinforcements

are stationed there.



Why would the spies be going

to a British fort?



The fort has been taken over

by the Mahdi's army.



But this is where

our troops are heading.






Abou, warn my friends.



Company, halt!



- Company, halt!

- Company, halt!



Hyah! Hyah!



Hyah, hyah, hyah, hyah.












Hyah! Hyah!



Mr. Trench!






Get away from them!



Leave them alone!



You filthy...






You leave

these bloody men alone!



Hyah! Hyah!



Come back here!



Go on!









The Egyptians have captured

an enemy scout.



Where did you find this man?



I came to you myself.



The Mahdi's men have captured

your fort at Abou Clea.



This man is lying, sir.



He's the one who stole

the camels...



They will attack you here!



Tell him a British garrison

would never fall



to the Mahdi savages!



Ask him if he knows the penalty

for being a spy.



I'm not a spy.



The Mahdi's men have left

these bodies to keep you here.



Tell him I'll bury him alive

if he speaks another word



of English!



Ask him who sent him here

and why.



He says a British officer

sent him, sir.



A general, no doubt.



What was his name?



Come here, son.



I'll show you

a British officer.



This is a British officer!



And this...

is a British officer's blood.



Now lick it up...

every bloody drop!



Look! Don't be rash!



Take him away.



Find out why the enemy sent him.



Use any means necessary.



The Muslims always bury

their dead, even the enemy dead.



These bodies have been

left here for a reason!



Come on, you!



Look, I think

you should tell Hamilton.



I agree, Tom.



What for?



As a precaution, Tom.



This man was trying

to mislead us.



I've made my decision.



I'm not going to waste

the colonel's time



by sending

some half-naked savage



in front of him

with a tall tale.



What is it, Jack?



There's something up.



Thou God, who reigneth

over all the earth



who art the Lord

of all our salvation



give your ear unto my prayer.






For Thou art greater

than the common man.



Everything is as you wish it.



Everything is as you will it.



If what we're doing is just...



then give us the strength

to serve you



for that which I greatly feared

has come upon me...



...and that which I was

afraid of is come unto me.



Form a line.



First company...

a section, if you please.



One section will fix bayonets.












- Fire.

- Fire.















They're not armed, sir.



- Fire.

- Fire.






What in God's name

are they doing?






- Fire.

- Fire.












- Fire.

- Fire.






Thank you, Mr. Willoughby.



Thank you, Sergeant.



Order... up!



Soldier... arm!



Left turn.



Left, right, left!



- Form square!

- Form square!



Form square!



Bring over those camels!

Line them up!



Quickly now, take positions!



Number Three Section, fall in!






Steady, boys, steady!



Be calm.



Nice and calm.



Be nice and calm.



Battalion prepare the cavalry,

Mr. Willoughby.



Battalion, prepare the cavalry.



Make way for the cavalry!



Number One Company,

prepare for volley.



Number One Company,

two rounds volley fire!



Number One Company...



two rounds volley fire!



Steady on the right,

Mr. Castleton!



Pick your targets!












Sir, we're being attacked

from behind, sir!



Close in on the right,




Officers to the front!

















Keep your horses a target!



Hold this line!



The British Cavalry, sir!



They're retreating!



They're running!



All right, men, cease fire!



Cease fire!



Cease fire!



Congratulations, sir.



Battle's not over yet.






We sod 'em off, lads!



Send out the skirmishers,

Mr. Willoughby.



Send out the skirmishers!



Well done, Four Section!






Come on, Vicar!



Vicar, come on!



- Close the square!

- Close the square!






Deliver me from

blood guiltiness, O God.



It's not the British!

It's the Mahdi!



Get back!



Volley fire, if you please,

Mr. Willoughby!



The skirmishers, sir?



Hold this square at all costs



Mr. Willoughby!



Get back to the square!

Get back to the square!



Get back to the square! Go!



Get back to the square! Go! Go!





            sins deliver before me!



Volley fire, Mr. Willoughby!






Mr. Willoughby,

I gave you a direct order!






Save me from my sins!




get back to the four square!



- Go on, Trench! Go on!

- Run!









Don't shoot!



Come on! Let's go!






Close the square!



Close the square!



Mr. Willoughby...






What are your orders, sir?






Sound the retreat!



"My dear Jack..."






I'm a fool.



I was a fool to think

that I could ever go back home.



I can't.



Your friend needs help.



My friend knows

how to help himself.



I can't see.



I can't see.



I can't see!



Oh! Don't!



Don't! Don't! Don't!



Who are you?



I have letters.






Who are you?



I can't see. I can't see.






I can't see.






Shh. Shh...



Hello, Jack.






How are you?



I wanted to ask your advice,




My advice?



Jack Durrance has...



has asked me to marry him.



You don't need my advice.



Jack Durrance is a good man.



I haven't answered him yet.



I was wondering

if you'd heard from Harry.



I've heard nothing



and, uh...



I don't think

I shall hear from him again.



I should've listened.



I miss him.



My son loved Jack Durrance

like a brother.



I know he'd want you

to be happy.



A few more weeks and he'll

be able to ride without help.



Will that be the end

of your penance?









Not bad.



You should see me on a camel.






and onions.



Sunday lunch.



Take the horse to the stables

and you can have some.



Thank you, Robert,

it's quite all right.



It's me, Jack.






They finally made you

captain, Miss Willoughby.



All those decorations.



You must have a few, yourself.



How'd you know

I was visiting today?



l, uh...



I saw Harry, Jack.






In the Sudan.



I was following our retreat.



We had a terrible time of it.



The enemy hounded us

all the way.



The desert itself

seemed to side with them.



We ran out of water,

medical supplies...



even had

to leave stragglers behind.



Finally, our own native scouts

turned on us.



We lost more men on that retreat

than we did at the battle.



Get out!



Didn't you hear what I said?



I said get out

or I'll have you whipped



you filthy wog!



Like you had my friend whipped?






I sent a man to warn you



and you had him tortured

for his pains.






What would it have cost

to listen?



I didn't know it was you.



You should've taken precautions,




I didn't know it was you.



For God's sake,

what are you doing here?



And afterwards?



He, uh... he asked me

for some money and left.



To come back?






No, there was a...

there was a rumor going around



that some

of our surviving soldiers



had been captured

and taken to prison.



Harry thought Trench might be

one of them.



He went after him?



I tried to stop him, Jack.



I told him they were only rumors



that the chances of survival

were... virtually none.



He wouldn't listen.



Did you come here

to tell Ethne Harry was dead?



I don't know that he's dead,




So you've come to give her hope?



What would you do in my place?



Keep it to myself, Tom,

until I was sure.



What did he say?



Your friend is dead.



I saw Trench taken alive.



Prisoners were taken

to Omdurman last month.



Your army abandoned them.



The shame is no longer yours.



You're responsible

to yourself and to God



not to them.



I am responsible to my friend.



I will find him.



You have learned nothing.



You've done enough.



It's never enough, Abou.



Look, if the Mahdi's men

find out I'm British



they'll take me to their prison.



It's the only way

I'll find my friend.



They will hang you.



Abou, you must help me get

into the prison.



I will not be responsible

for your death.



How could you be responsible

for my death?



I will die if it is God's will.






You English walk

too proudly on the earth.



You are a fool...























Don't lose our space!



Come on, son.



You mustn't fall.



You mustn't fall.



All right...












if you didn't come with

the army, then who sent you?



You did.



All this way... for a feather.



I brought some money.



How much?



A hundred.






What's going on?



Who are those women?



They're all relatives

of the men in here.



They bring them scraps of food.



Let's see if we can get you

something to eat.



What can we do with this money?



Well, there's no chance

of bribing Idris.



His entire family was wiped out

by one of our artillery attacks.



Now, Hassan, on the other hand,

is infinitely corruptible.



For     dirhams,

he'll either help us escape...



or he'll stab us in the back

and keep the money.



I'll see if I can talk to him.



The first thing I do

when I get back



is book a table at Wilton's...

a private room.



No bloody crowds.



Two pints of stout,

please, guvner!



Ha! Not long now, Harry!



Not long now!






Please, Trench, get up.

Trench, come on.



I have some money.



Money's no good for me.



I can't bribe

the guards anymore.



I have nothing left to lose...



...nothing left to live for...



...but still, I'm frightened.



Fear always remains.



Pray for me, Abou.



Take as long as you like.



I don't walk too proudly now.






Have some food.



You're looking better.



You may not feel it,

but you look it.



When I get better,

will I look as bad as you?



We'll get you through this,




I don't want to get

through this, Harry.



I don't think

I can take it anymore.



I had a visitor today.



He brought us a gift.



The poison will take

a few hours to work.



You won't feel any pain.



That'll make a change.






I didn't mean

to be a pig about it.



How about we give them

one last night of hell?



I'll drink to that!



Oh, Trench.



I can't feel anything

in my legs.



The poison has paralyzed

your body.



It'll wear off soon.



I thought it was supposed

to kill me.



Only for a while.



You mean, you knew?



I couldn't be short-changed.



That's the last time

I let you buy the drink.



How many bullets?






Better make it count.






I can't carry him.



You can.



Save my friend.



Save my friend.



Look after your friend.



What will you do now?



Whatever God has chosen for me.



Do I look that bad?



Everyone said how...

much you'd changed.



I didn't believe them.



May I have it back?



That isn't why I came.



I'd still like it back.



I'm almost sorry to let it go.



It's brought me a lot of luck...

over these past few months.



Have you heard our news?






How is Jack?



I think he's happy.






He deserves to be.



So do you.



It will pass.



You will meet someone soon.



Then you and her

and Jack and I...






...will set up tea

and chat politely



as if... as if nothing ever

happened with us before.



That won't happen, Ethne.



It has to happen.



It has to because I love you...






I love you and I can't...



I'm sorry.



Was that Ethne's carriage




She is giving me a ride

to the station.



Why didn't she come out?



I think she wanted to give us

a minute or two alone.



Do we need

a minute or two alone, Harry?



I came to thank you, Jack.



For what?



For standing by me.



If you're talking

about the feathers



I wasn't there.



Willoughby told me you were.



You don't owe me anything,




The wedding isn't

for another month.



Ethne is free

to make up her own mind.



She's made up her mind.



You should trust her judgment.



To Castleton and all the others

we left behind.






You remember the first time we

led a cavalry charge in public?



Yes, I do, Jack.



You wiped the floor with me.



I believe most of my horses

ended up in the bandstand.



Yes, I did, and...

yes, they did.



Ethne was there... watching.



Yes, I remember.



You should.



You're the only one

she danced with.



I've never been so jealous.



I wanted to prove to her

that I was the better soldier.



Well, you always were

the better soldier, Jack.



Yes, of course, but...



She was the first person

I looked for in the crowd...



and she was staring at you.



Everyone else



was applauding me...



and she was staring at you.



Nothing's changed.



She's beautiful...



isn't she?



Yes, she is.



You may be lost...

but you are not forgotten.



For those who have journeyed far



to fight in foreign lands



know that the soldier's

greatest comfort



is to have his friends

close at hand.



Welcome home, Harry.



Thank you, sir.



In the heat of battle



it ceases to be an idea



for which we fight...



or a flag.






we fight for the man

on our left



and we fight for the man

on our right...



...and when armies

have scattered



and when the empires

fall away...



all that remains is the memory

of those precious moments...



...we spent side by side.



Forgive me.



I did you a great wrong.



There is nothing to forgive.



Yes, there is.



I should've stood by you, Harry.



I should've understood.



I used to be so sure

about everything.



We both were, Ethne.



And now?



And now...



Well... well,

now I have no choice, Ethne.



God put you in my way.


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