Blood Diamond (2006) Poster



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When Danny Archer arrives in South Africa, there are two women standing in front of the airport and he walks by them. These women are Leonardo DiCaprio's mother and grandmother.
Solomon's son's name is Dia, which means "expensive" in Krio, the adapted language of Sierra Leone.
De Beers Group, which is the largest player in the diamond trade, has expressed reservations that the film will reduce public demand for diamonds. De Beers maintains the trade in conflict diamonds has been reduced from 4% to 1% by the Kimberley Process and it has been suggested the company pushed for the film to contain a disclaimer saying the events are fictional and in the past. De Beers has denied this.
Colonel Coetzee has several lines of dialogue in Afrikaans, Arnold Vosloo's first language.
Jennifer Connelly suffered a neck injury while filming a car chase scene with Leonardo DiCaprio.
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).
Danny Archer has a tattoo of an African buffalo with two crossed arrows on his shoulder, this is the unit emblem of 32 Battalion sometimes called the "Buffalo Battalion".
The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Connelly; and one Oscar nominee: Djimon Hounsou.
When Archer (DiCaprio) meets with Coetzee (Vosloo) at the latter's ranch a dog is shown. That dog is a Rhodesian Ridgeback, a breed of dog that was bred in the late 1800's in the then Rhodesian territory, today largely part of the country Zimbabwe.
R.U.F. stands for Revolutionary United Front.
Colonel Coatzee is named for the Nobel Prize-winning South African author and anti-apartheid campaigner.
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The attack helicopter seen near the end of the film is a Mi-24 SuperHind Mk IV. The helicopter started life as a Russian Mi-24 (NATO designation "Hind") but underwent an extensive upgrade program by Advanced Technology and Engineering, a South African arms company. Upgrades include improvements to avionics, weapons systems, and counter measures.
The pistol Danny Archer uses towards the end of the film is a Heckler & Koch USP.
The white transport helicopter Danny Archer, Solomon Vandy, and Maddy Bowen fly to the refugee camp in is a Russian Mi-8 (NATO designation "Hip-P").
The airplane that Maddy Bowen boards at Colonel Coetzee's camp is a Russian Ilyushin Il-76 (NATO designation "Candid"). It was mostly likely the Il-76TF, which is the civilian transport variant.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

At the end of the film, Solomon Vandy addresses a conference on blood diamonds in Kimberley, South Africa, describing his experiences. This conference actually took place in Kimberley in 2000. The conference resulted in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, a system now used by diamond traders to certify the origin of diamonds, in order to curb the trade and sale of conflict diamonds.
According to Time Magazine (March 2, 2007), a computer generated tear was added to Jennifer Connelly's face in the scene were she is conversing on a cell phone with Leonardo Dicaprio's character, at the end of the movie.

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