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Diamond's Edge (1988)

Just Ask for Diamond (original title)
When the man who left a package in his care is murdered, detective Tim Diamond suddenly has every major gangster in the city after him. With only the package and the help of his little brother, he sets out to unravel the mysterious plot.


Stephen Bayly


Anthony Horowitz (screenplay), Anthony Horowitz (based on the book "The Falcon's Malteser" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Dale Colin Dale ... Nick
Saeed Jaffrey ... Mr. Patel
Dursley McLinden Dursley McLinden ... Tim
José René Ruiz José René Ruiz ... Johnny Naples (as Rene Ruiz)
Michael Robbins ... The Fat Man
Donald Standen Donald Standen ... Lawrence
Patricia Hodge ... Betty Charlady / Brenda von Falkenberg
Jim McManus Jim McManus ... Hammett
Jimmy Nail ... Boyle
Roy Kinnear ... Jack Splendide
Bill Paterson ... Chief Inspector Snape
Forbes Collins Forbes Collins ... Henry von Falkenberg
Peter Eyre ... Gott
Nickolas Grace ... Himmell
Jonathan Linsley ... Bouncer


When the man who left a package in his care is found murdered, detective Tim Diamond suddenly has every major gangster in the city after him. With only the package and the help of his little brother, Diamond sets out to unravel the mysterious plot. Written by Anonymous

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When all seems lost... just ask for Diamond!


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Based on "The Falcon's Malteser (1986)", the first in a series of humorous detective novels for young teens about private detectives The Diamond Brothers, a goodhearted but slightly dimwitted older Tim and his cunning street smart little brother Nick, who often fight gangsters and electric bills, written by Anthony Horowitz who also wrote the screenplay. See more »


The Diamond brothers are in a theater watching "Murder, My Sweet'. When they leave, the marquee reads, "Farewell, My Lovely. See more »


References Casablanca (1942) See more »


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Not bad, but not brilliant
8 September 2015 | by rainbowclimbinghighSee all my reviews

The basic plot of this movie is two brothers (the world's worst private detective and his wisecracking younger brother) are given a package to look after, but just about every major criminal in London is also after it.

This film is really a mixed bag. The story (based on The Falcon's Malteser, which is essentially a send-up of classic movies such as Casablanca and, of course, The Maltese Falcon) is great as it sticks pretty close to the book, unsurprisingly as the script was written by Anthony Horowitz, the author of the The Falcon's Malteser. Most of the actors/actresses are good especially the late Dursley McLinden, who plays Tim Diamond (real name Herbert Timothy Simple), Patricia Hodge (who plays Brenda von Falkenberg), Peter Eyre and Nickolas Grace (who play Gott and Himmel respectively), but unfortunately Colin Dale, who plays Nick Diamond (real name Nick Simple), and who is the main character, is hopelessly miscast.

Also, I'm not sure that Anthony Horowitz is that good at writing a script for a full length feature film (he has proved he is more than capable of scripting an episode of a TV show, as he has written for, amongst others, Midsomer Murders, Foyle's War and Agatha Christie's Poirot), but it may just be that The Diamond Brothers books (The Falcon's Malteser, Public Enemy Number Two, South by South East, The French Confection, The Blurred Man, I know what you did last Wednesday and The Greek who stole Christmas) just don't make for good adaptations, as a lot of the humour in the books is text based (one example from SbSE: "I can't say I'm a big fan of fun fairs. I can't afford the fares so I never have any fun").

I would recommend this movie, however, even to people who have never read the book, as it does not rely upon people having read the book to be able to understand it. It is entertaining, just don't expect it to be brilliant.

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30 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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$12,751, 2 December 1990

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