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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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Did You Know?


Both Colin Dale who plays Nick Diamond in the film and the miniseries and Dursley McLinden who played his older brother Tim Diamond in the film and the miniseries acted in only one or two other projects and stopped acting on screen altogether after the miniseries ended. Dursley McLinden sadly died in 1995 from AIDS. 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 Murder, My Sweet (1944) See more »


My Little Guy
Lyrics written by Anthony Horowitz
Sung by Susannah York
Music by Mcasso
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Worth my time.
8 August 2000 | by Patrick CulkinSee all my reviews

Of course the film Just Ask For Diamond, directed by Stephen Bayly, is different from the novel by Anthony Horowitz. Time (and budget too) demands the story is edited so as to fit over 200 pages of text into 90 minutes of film. Indeed, the result is that a lot of interesting events are cut from the plot as well as many of the novel's original and charming characteristics. Dialogues are shortened, the narrator is more or less removed, violence is toned down. Where the novel has a tough and very cynical 13-year-old who has not got a good word for anyone or anything he has to deal with -the city of London, for instance, is presented as if it were the capital of Hell, the film presents us with sweet and adorable-looking Colin Dale who seems concerned more with maintaining a Received Pronunciation accent than playing a poor kid on the brink of the precipice. And London has come to look about as menacing as the green pastures where the TeleTubbies live. Still, the man responsible for the screenplay is the same as the one who wrote the book and he leaves us with enough to enjoy Just Ask For Diamond (a.k.a. Diamond's Edge). Dursley McLinden is the perfect cast for clumsy Tim, Susannah York makes a wonderful numbed-by-grief Lauren Bacardi, Patricia Hodge is a hit in two widely differing roles, Jimmy Nail looks exactly like what we have in mind when we think of a fascist London cop, there's a half a dozen of talented actors playing the crooks, and even Colin Dale, despite the posh accent, makes a nice lead and makes you wish you could stay a little boy for all your life. A lot of the humour is still there, but since it's mostly on a verbal level one should not rely on subtitles.

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Release Date:

30 November 1990 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$12,751, 2 December 1990

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