Five Fingers for Marseilles

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Five Fingers for Marseilles brings the spaghetti Western to South Africa, with stylishly entertaining - albeit slightly uneven - results.



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Apartheid South Africa: The community of Railway, attached to the remote town of Marseilles, are the victims of brutal police oppression and only the young "Five Fingers" are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is heartfelt but innocent, until hot-headed Tau kills two policemen in an act of passion. He flees, leaving his brothers and friends behind, but his action has triggered a conflict that will leave both Marseilles and the Five Fingers changed. Twenty years later, Tau is released from prison, now a feared and brutal outlaw, "The Lion of Marseilles." But scarred and empty, he renounces violence and returns home desiring only to reconnect with those he left behind. At first, Tau finds Marseilles seemingly at peace - the battle for freedom was won, and now the remaining Five Fingers are prominent leaders of their town. However, after reuniting with childhood love, Lerato, and her fiery son, Sizwe, it becomes clear that Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat and to Tau's dismay, his childhood friends themselves may have allowed it in. When he and his loved ones become direct targets, he is reluctantly compelled to fight once and for all. Calling on partners-in-crime, both old friends and new, the Five Fingers rise again. Standing against once-allies and new enemies alike, they must put their lives at risk for the sake of Marseilles. It's their duty to protect it. Even from each other.

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  • [Five Fingers for Marseilles] is ripe with indignation, injustice, righteous violence and, ultimately, a shootout of cosmic resonance.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A brutal but thoughtful film invoking subtle social allegory, "Marseilles" demonstrates both the durability and elasticity of the genre.

    Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There are no thrills in this western yarn, just a mounting series of tragedies that are by turns frustrating and numbing.

    Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • In stylish and entertaining fashion, "Five Fingers for Marseilles" looks over the South African countryside and finds fresh vistas for the western genre.

    Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • While there are gunfights and everything concludes with a big shoot-out, the complexity of the situation and the murkiness of Tau's quest for redemption are anything but standard-order fare for a Western.

    Sep 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • At times, the film is so mythic that it strains credulity, but if you're a fan of spaghetti Westerns, you know that's part of the deal.

    Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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