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Storm Over the Nile (1955)

A CinemaScope remake of The Four Feathers (1939).


A.E.W. Mason (novel), R.C. Sherriff (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Steel ... Harry Faversham
Laurence Harvey ... John Durrance
James Robertson Justice ... Gen. Burroughs
Mary Ure ... Mary Burroughs
Ronald Lewis ... Peter Burroughs
Ian Carmichael ... Tom Willoughby
Jack Lambert Jack Lambert ... Colonel
Raymond Francis Raymond Francis ... Colonel's Aide
Geoffrey Keen ... Dr. Sutton
Michael Hordern ... Gen. Faversham
Ferdy Mayne ... Dr. Harraz
Christopher Lee ... Karaga Pasha
John Wynn John Wynn ... Sergeant (as John Wynne)
Avis Scott Avis Scott ... Sergeant's Wife
Roger Delgado ... Native Spy


A CinemaScope remake of The Four Feathers (1939).

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Release Date:

22 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zoltan Korda's Production Storm Over the Nile See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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One shot of John Laurie as the Khalifa from The Four Feathers (1939) is used in this movie. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: In 1885 the rebellious army of dervishes enslaved and killed many thousands of defenceless natives in the Sudan. Then laid siege to Khartoum. The scanty garrison's heroic commander, General Gordon appealed for help from England - but no help reached him. See more »


Version of The Four Feathers (1939) See more »

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Redundant adaptation of Mason novel about an officer accused of cowardice by his comrades and redeeming himself
21 January 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Sweeping new adaptation plenty of idealism ,heroism, friendship, redemption and overwhelming battles. It's a great classical British imperialism adventure , a genuine ripping yarn picking up several images and with some stirring action of the quite better 1939 version . This fifth rendition about known story by A.E.W. Mason concerns on a British young officer named Harry Faversham (Anthony Steel). Resigning from Army , he's rejected by his father-in-law (James Robertson Justice) and his engaged fiancée (Mary Ure), branded a coward and sent four white feathers by his friends( Ronald Lewis, Laurence Harvey, Ian Carmichael) . Determined to save his honor he heads to Sudan campaign against Derviches who previously (thirteen years before) had murdered General Gordon in Karthoum. There arrives the expedition of help commanded by General Wolsey and Kitchener for stifle the rebellious Sudan's tribes ruled by 'the Madhdi', the ¨expected one¨(events developed in ¨Khartoum¨film-1966- with Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier, directed by Basil Dearden).The Madhi along with Arab tribes had besieged Khartoum(1884) and vanquished General Gordon . Faversham disguised himself as native will save his friends from certain death and he will retrieve the lost honors.

This spectacular adventure detailing the epic feats of a brave hero, contains noisy action,idealism, romance, unlimited courage, breathtaking battles and impressive landscapes. It's a typically polished British and packs enthusiasm of imperialist arrogance with standard issue heroics. Anthony Steel as stubborn officer is fine , Laurence Harvey as his best friend is convincingly played and Mary Ure as his girlfriend is enjoyable. Special mention to James Roberson Justice as swagger general Burroughs . Solid performances all around and excellent plethora of secondaries as Christopher Lee, Ferdy Mayne, Michael Hordern, Geoffrey keen among them. Sensational battle scenes staged by thousands extras though partially taken from former film. Evocative cinematography with superb Technicolor camera-work reflecting the late 1800's and spectacular African landscapes by cameraman Edward Scaife and Osmond Borradaille for exterior photography in Sudan and interiors filmed in Shepperton studios. Rousing and impressive musical score by Benjamin Frankel. The motion picture is professionally directed by Zoltan Korda and Terence Young with imagination and fair-play .

Other adaptations about this famous story are : the ancient and silent take on filmed in 1915, 1921, and 1929 directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper with Richard Arlen, Fay Wray and Clive Brook ; the classic rendition by Zoltan Korda(1939) with John Clemens, Ralph Richardson and Jane Duprez ; and for TV(1978)with Beau Bridges, Jane Seymour and modern rendition with Heath Ledger , Kate Hudson and Wes Bentley

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