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Foyle's War - The White Feather
Foyle's War - The White Feather
Actors: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Julian Ovenden, Jay Simpson
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2003     1hr 40min

This second episode in the superb Foyle's War series finds Detective Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) settled into his unwanted fate solving "provincial murders" in the English countryside (while colleagu...  more »

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Actors: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Julian Ovenden, Jay Simpson
Creator: Anthony Horowitz
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/11/2003
Original Release Date: 02/02/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 02/02/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 40min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A great series produced with serious attitude
(5 out of 5 stars)

"very good series. wonder why the british film making is more human than those output from hollywood. this series is very very good. very natural, very peaceful, and very touching. foyale is a great detective, a very quiet force to do the justice. this is what a detective should be, not the hollywood high-school drop-outs styled detectives. beautifully done and quite moving sometimes. no exaggeration, no gun battles, no dirty words yelling, screaming, explosions, no special effects, no disturbing background music. everything just comes out right.
fantastic shooting with cinematic beauty. highly recommended."
Intelligent war time drama
D. Colley | England | 12/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I usually find murder mystery dramas a hit-or-miss affair but Foyle's War has renewed my faith in a genre that has largely been done to death in recent years.

Foyle's War is superbly written with great acting from all the main characters (as well as supporting cast and guest stars) - in particular, of course, Michael Kitchen as the rather sobering Christopher Foyle.

Foyle is a rather complex detective, with an inner turmoil of morality and upholding the law (though upholding the law is his final prerogative). For exmaple, there is an episode where a warden has been caught looting from a bombed house and a new emergency law means that the thieving warden will be hanged as a looter. The warden cannot believe, in his niavity, that his crime deserves punishment of such gravitus. Through Kitchen's subtle facial expressions, we can sense a conflict between the severity of the warden's inevitable punishment and the duty to uphold the law, especially in the cruel time of war. To me, that makes great acting - not what the character says, or how it is said, but what the character says in silence.

War fever England is recreated realistically with actual historical facts incorporated into the fictional story (such as internment camps for German citizens).

Each episode is approx 100 minutes long (uncut versions) and are complex enough to have ample replay value.

If you like intelligent, well written dramas with great acting I highly recommend Foyle's War."
Foyle's War, The White Feather
D. Lehman | Fanwood, NJ USA | 11/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This episode is filled with the rich ironies, complexity and symbolism that mark this elegant, brilliantly written and performed series. It is 1940, early in WWII, and the British troops must be evacuated at Dunkirk or the country could fall to the Nazis. Guy Spencer, the Machiavellian leader of the pro-Hitler Friday Club, holds a meeting at The White Feather hotel on the coast at which the domineering hotel manager is shot dead. Foyle and Milner investigate the case and Milner is almost seduced by Spencer whose treacherous double dealings are ultimately revealed. Things are not what they appear to be. Spencer hides his ruthlessness behind a mask of civility. A young girl commits an act of sabotage to hide her Jewish ancestry. White feather is symbolic of cowardice. There is a sober quality to this episode that captures the fear of an imminent Nazi invasion and the indomitable English spirit."