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Blood Diamond (2006)

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A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antony Coleman ...
Cordell Brown
Jassie Vandy
Anointing Lukola ...
N'Yanda Vandy
Rudolf Van De Kaap
M'Ed (as Ntare Mwine)


A story following Archer, a man tortured by his roots. With a strong survival instinct, he has made himself a key player in the business of conflict diamonds. Political unrest is rampant in Sierra Leone as people fight tooth for tooth. Upon meeting Solomon, and the beautiful Maddy, Archer's life changes forever as he is given a chance to make peace with the war around him. Written by Miist

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diamond  »


Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,648,324, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:

$57,366,262, 6 April 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,407,179, 28 January 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe were Edward Zwick's first two choices for the role of Danny Archer. They previously appeared in The Quick and the Dead (1995) and later starred together in Body of Lies (2008). See more »


When Solomon and Archer are fighting overhead power lines can be seen. However, there are no power lines or utility poles on the road they follow through the jungle. These power lines appear twice during the fight. See more »


[first lines]
Solomon Vandy: Dia. Dia. Don't want to be late.
Dia Vandy: English boys don't go to school every day.
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Referenced in Christmas in Compton (2012) See more »


Written by Marc Dold and Armand Sabal-Lecco
Performed by Armand Sabal-Lecco
Courtesy of Kid Gloves Music
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A Hollywood movies tells an African story full of death and violence and presents it with impressive truth.
4 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Because I lived in Sierra Leone, in fact in Kono, the diamond-mining area of the country, for three years, I had to see Blood Diamond as soon as it came out. It is an excellent movie. Although it was not filmed in Sierra Leone, it captures the reality of the country to a remarkable degree. There is a great deal of violence in this movie, but that violence is organic, realistic, fitting to what happened there. They even manage to convey the fact that the people are as astonished by this violence as we are; Sierra Leone used to be one of the safest countries in the world. The movie tells the facts about conflict diamonds quickly and accurately. DiCaprio's performance is impressive, certainly the best by him I've ever seen: he is totally believable as a white African. Jennifer Connelly's role is much smaller but she makes the most of it. Djiman Housou has enormous physical presence as the brave Mende fisherman. This movie just gets so many things right that the few places it departs from reality are entirely forgivable. I would heartily recommend this movie to everyone; it is the best Hollywood movie I've seen in years.

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