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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.

Director:

Edward Zwick

Writers:

Charles Leavitt (screenplay), Charles Leavitt (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Danny Archer
Djimon Hounsou ... Solomon Vandy
Jennifer Connelly ... Maddy Bowen
Kagiso Kuypers ... Dia Vandy
Arnold Vosloo ... Colonel Coetzee
Antony Coleman Antony Coleman ... Cordell Brown
Benu Mabhena ... Jassie Vandy
Anointing Lukola Anointing Lukola ... N'Yanda Vandy
David Harewood ... Captain Poison
Basil Wallace ... Benjamin Kapanay
Jimi Mistry ... Nabil
Michael Sheen ... Rupert Simmons
Marius Weyers ... Rudolf Van De Kaap
Stephen Collins ... Ambassador Walker
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine ... M'Ed (as Ntare Mwine)
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Storyline

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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It Will Cost You Everything See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

DiCaprio carries a non-custom Emerson CQC-7 folding knife with Black T finish. The knife appears worn, indicating he has likely had it a while. Emerson knives are popular throughout the world. See more »

Goofs

Maddy uses a Leica 35mm M6 rangefinder camera with a Leica Summicron 35mm f/2 lens. When she shoots, the soundtrack clearly uses a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) noise. The distinctive sound is because a mirror is tripped when an SLR takes a picture. The Leica M6 has a cloth shutter and makes a very different and quieter noise. See more »

Quotes

[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 Lights, Sound, and Composition (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

When da Dawgs Come Out to Play
Written by Edward Zwick (as Ed Zwick) and George Acogny
Produced by George Acogny
Performed by Bai Burea featuring Masta Kent and Bullet Rhymes
Bai Burea, Masta Kent and Bullet Rhymes appear courtesy of Studio J Music
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Blood Brothers
11 December 2006 | by RestlessRustSee all my reviews

What does it take to turn someone into a killer? The answer is different for each character involved in this movie. For some it is survival. For others it is the hope of escape from a life of hell. For some it is family. For others it is greed. Caught in the middle of it all are the children who have such little desire to kill for any reason that they must be brainwashed into becoming the instruments of their masters who claim to offer freedom.

Every few years an action movie comes along that has amazing depth. Terminator 2 and The Matrix are such movies, and so is Blood Diamond. It is full of characterizations we've seen before, but it's the interaction that raises this film above the masses. Each character has an agenda that forces him or her to distrust everyone else. The paths that some relationships take to develop trust are believable, while others are equally believable in remaining eternally antagonistic. And through it all is the realization that while some characters may change their methodology and morals, none ever change their dreams. Each character fights for the goal to the bitter end. Such is human nature, and such is the conflict of Blood Diamond, the conflict of Africa. In the end, we are left to wonder if peace can ever be attained in such a world. And somehow we are left believing that maybe it can.


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USA | Germany | UK

Language:

English | Mende | Afrikaans

Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamond See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,648,324, 10 December 2006

Gross USA:

$57,377,916

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,720,398
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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