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Diamonds (1975)

PG | | Crime, Drama | 22 October 1975 (USA)
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Richard Roundtree (SHAFT), Robert Shaw (JAWS) and $100 Million of the Hottest Rocks in the World!

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Menahem Golan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shaw ... Charles / Earl Hodgson
Richard Roundtree ... Archie
Barbara Hershey ... Sally (as Barbara Seagull)
Shelley Winters ... Zelda Shapiro
Joseph Shiloach ... Mustafa (as Joseph Shiloah)
Shaike Ophir ... Moshe (as Shai K. Ophir)
Gadi Yagil ... Gaby (as Gadi Yageel)
Yona Elian ... Zippi (as Jona Elian)
Yehuda Efroni ... Salzburg
Yossi Graber ... Rabinowitz (as Joseph Graber)
Bomba Tzur ... Momo (as Bomba Zur)
Aryeh Moskona ... Avram (as Arie Moscona)
Tali Goldberg Tali Goldberg ... Policewoman
Arik Dichner Arik Dichner ... Arik
Chen Plotkin Chen Plotkin ... Danny Rabinowitz
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Richard Roundtree (SHAFT), Robert Shaw (JAWS) and $100 Million of the Hottest Rocks in the World!

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A girl's best friend...if she lives to wear them! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Switzerland | Israel | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamond Shaft See more »

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(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Graff Jewellery Store in Knightsbridge, London that was used as Charles Hodgson's place or work was itself robbed of £1.4m worth of jewels on 11 September 1980. The robbers' haul included the Marlborough Diamond, then valued at £400,000. See more »

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The prison from which Archie is released was, and is, a Young Offenders Institution. No one of Archie's ostensible age would have been confined there. See more »

Soundtracks

Diamonds
Written by Jack Fishman and Roy Budd
Performed by Roy Budd And His Orchestra with The Three Degrees
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Good heist story, worth searching out.
7 December 2001 | by tonypumaSee all my reviews

Firstly, it is wrong to associate this alongside any of the Shaft series. The VHS reissue (in EP mode) is evidently retitled to fortify it on the retail shelves. Roundtree is entirely cast different, and fans of Shaft will be disappointed that he doesn't even wear a mustache in the film. Rather, "Diamonds" is one of those action/caper films that seem to fit very comfortably in the 70's. It's hardly jaw-dropping material, but Golan (of the Cannon film group) invested well into this accurately sketched story.

The location work on "Diamonds" is superb and justly highlighted. The story starts in Europe but is mostly in the streets, neighborhoods and buildings of Israel, which is somewhat unusual for an "exotic" locale. There's plenty of local flavor injected into the story, and the location plays a big part in the tension of the plot- Israeli police using their own means to track down an international thief and an ominous London businessman. Roundtree is superb, still shining in the Shaft afterglow and Shaw is as consistent as ever (even in the iffy double-casting job). Unfortunately, the women do not fare so well- Barbara Hershey (as Barbara Seagull) whines at Roundtree's character throughout half the film about some unclear relationship issues. And Shelly Winters is...... uhhhhh, well, Shelly Winters as she portrays a lukewarm bit of comedic relief. She plays a stereotype American Jewish woman visiting Israel on a tour to buy diamonds. A peripheral character at best, it could be said that her character exists merely to parody the common Israeli/American tourist. Nonetheless, the action and details of this thriller are the fenceposts here and they hold together a remarkably good 70's flick. The soundtrack, which might at times see more recognition than the film, is composed by cult composer Roy Budd (Get Carter, Stone Killer, etc) and The Three Degrees. It too has been reissued. Overall, it's a nice surprise and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys 70's action cinema or borderline Black action.


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