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Five Fingers for Marseilles (2017)

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Lives change forever when Tau, the young lion, kills two corrupt policemen in a South African shanty town.


Michael Matthews
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Credited cast:
Zethu Dlomo ... Lerato
Garth Breytenbach Garth Breytenbach ... Officer De Vries
Kenneth Fok ... Wei
Anthony Oseyemi Anthony Oseyemi ... Congo
Warren Masemola Warren Masemola ... Thuto
Jerry Mofokeng Jerry Mofokeng ... Jonah
Vuyo Dabula Vuyo Dabula ... Tau
Brendon Daniels Brendon Daniels ... Slim Sixteen
Kenneth Nkosi Kenneth Nkosi ... Bongani
Dean Fourie ... Honest John
Mduduzi Mabaso Mduduzi Mabaso ... Luyanda
Aubrey Poolo Aubrey Poolo ... Unathi
Hamilton Dhlamini Hamilton Dhlamini ... Sepoko
Lizwi Vilakazi Lizwi Vilakazi ... Sizwe


Twenty years ago, the young 'Five Fingers' fought for the rural town of Marseilles, against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, freedom-fighter-turned-'outlaw' Tau returns to Marseilles, seeking only a peaceful pastoral life. When he finds the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. can he free himself from his past? Will the Five Fingers stand again? Written by Anonymous

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South Africa


Xhosa | Southern Sotho

Release Date:

7 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lupta pentru Marseilles See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Actor Vuyo Dabula did all of his own stunts with the exception of falling off the horse. That was not permitted. But everything else, including being hung upside down, was all him. See more »

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Impressive South African film
3 October 2018 | by xandershelleySee all my reviews

Rushing toward the police car that has crashed in nearby brush, Tau races to rescue Lerato from the back of the police vehicle. As he nears the car, a white policeman slowly gets out of the car and is holding Lerato who is being held by gunpoint. This intense scene is just a glimpse of the suspenseful western, Five Fingers for Mareilles, which has proven to be a revolutionary piece of South African cinematography directed by the talented Michael Matthews. Matthews has decided to stay true to the South African culture, picking the native language as the movie's main dialogue and hiring a crop of new South African actors who are remarkable. Vuyo Dabula, who plays the Tau, the lion on Mareilles impressed me with an engaging performance that immersed me into his adventure of saving his hometown from the clutches of the feared Sepoko and his gang. The movie takes a twist on the bildungs roman genre, giving the audience a glimpse into South African society through the growth of the five fingers, the childhood clique Tau was a part of before an unfortunate event caused his life to spiral. The cinematography is stunning, prioritizing wide shots and muted colors to represent the open landscape of rural South Africa. It takes the classic spaghetti western genre and makes the movie its own, being modern through the use of parallels and breaking down racial walls with featuring a mostly all black cast that was phenomenal. I will be waiting for more work to feature Dabula as he gives an emotional performance, making an impact on me throughout his performance in the film.

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