Sunday Matinee: Five Fingers For Marseilles [Film]

“The residents of the colonial town of Marseilles are under the thumb of police oppression and only the young rebels known as the Five Fingers are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is just, until Tau kills two policemen and flees the scene. The remaining rebels disband while the banished Tau resorts to a life of crime.  Twenty years later, now known as feared outlaw The Lion of Marseilles, he is released from prison. He returns home, desiring only peace and to reconnect with those he left behind. The battle for South Africa’s freedom has been won, and former comrades-in-arms are in prominent positions as mayor, police chief, and pastor. But it quickly becomes clear to Tau that Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat — and he must reconstitute the Five Fingers to fight frontier justice. Standing against former allies and new enemies, the re-formed Five Fingers saddle up and ride out, and put their lives at risk to save their beloved Marseilles.” – October Coast PR

I am torn on whether I should truly express just how much “fun” I had watching this incredible film. While at its core, Five Fingers For Marseilles is indeed a brilliant western film with a similar story that has been played time and time again in the world of western films, there is something very different about this tale. Maybe it’s the modernization of it all. Maybe it’s simply being old enough to remember that South Africa was not free from oppression even within my own relatively short lifespan. Or, probably most likely, it’s that this film is so damn gripping and visually stimulating that you are left with that “so awesome” feeling and then go back to recapture what exactly it was that you just saw portrayed on the screen in front of you. Very much like, and I hate to make a comparison but, like the Academy Award winning western, Unforgiven. While technically classified by its setting as a “western”, this film is a dramatic thrill ride that hits so hard with a terrific story and amazing cinematography.

Five Fingers For Marseilles is available now on Video On Demand. Check out the trailer for this incredible thrill ride, here:

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