Five Fingers (2006 film)

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Five Fingers
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Directed byLaurence Malkin
Produced byLaurence Fishburne
Dolly Hall
Written byChad Thumann
Laurence Malkin
StarringLaurence Fishburne
Ryan Phillippe
Gina Torres
Touriya Haoud
Saïd Taghmaoui
Colm Meaney
Music byVernon Reid
Noah Agruss
CinematographyAlexander Gruszynski
Edited byHerman P. Koerts
Maureen Meulen
24fps Productions
Cinema Gypsy Productions
Element Films
Parabolic Pictures Inc.
Distributed byLionsgate Films
Release date
  • July 6, 2006 (2006-07-06)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$352,089[1]

Five Fingers is a 2006 American drama-thriller film directed by Laurence Malkin, and written by Chad Thumann and Malkin. The film had ten producers, including actor Laurence Fishburne, who stars in it alongside Ryan Phillippe, Gina Torres, Touriya Haoud, Saïd Taghmaoui and Colm Meaney. Five Fingers was filmed in the Netherlands, Morocco, and Louisiana in 2004.


Martijn (Phillipe), a gifted Dutch jazz pianist, flies to Morocco to set up a food assistance program. When he arrives, however, he and his travel guide, Gavin (Meaney), are quickly kidnapped by terrorists, taken to an undisclosed location, bound and blindfolded. The captors swiftly shoot Gavin and then begin methodical attempts to extract information from Martijn about where he obtained the money to set up the program by cutting off his fingers one at a time. Martijn insists that he has no idea where the money came from, though in time it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. As the torture continues, Ahmat (Fishburne) tries his hardest to get answers from Martijn. Eventually, Martijn reveals to Ahmat that he was a terrorist and was going to poison fast food with bacteria, killing potentially thousands of Americans. After giving up the names of those within the Holland terrorist cell funding him for his alleged food program, Youseff, a man who had been filming Martijn, kills him. Ahmat is revealed to be a CIA agent and Gavin is revealed to be an American who had been with Ahmat the entire time. Ahmat and his girlfriend go for a drink, showing the Statue of Liberty revealing they had been in New York City the entire time.



The film made virtually no money in its short run in theaters. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has two fresh reviews and one rotten review. Jay Weissberg, from Variety gave the film a positive review saying, "As a lesson in how subtle acting styles can calm a highly pitched story, pic delivers the goods."[2]


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