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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.

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Edward Zwick

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Charles Leavitt (screenplay), Charles Leavitt (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 26 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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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

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:

$57,366,262, 6 April 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,407,179, 28 January 2013
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2.35 : 1
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The pistol Danny Archer uses towards the end of the film is a Heckler & Koch USP Compact chambered in 9x19mm. See more »

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When Solomon is carrying the child back to the van, in the scene where the journalist jump out of the van to report on a roadside attack, the child's arm position changes a few times, from around Solomon's neck to his side, and back again. See more »

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[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 Jeopardy!: Episode #26.9 (2009) See more »

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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
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An action, political adventure at its best!
22 August 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"Blood Diamond" is the kind of action film that makes you think that 'a moment of love, even in a bad man, can give meaning to a life...'

The film opens in Sierra Leone, 1999 when Civil war rages for control of the diamond fields…According to devastating reports, these stones are being used with both rebels and government forces to purchase more weapons and finance civil war…

Danny Archer—crazy for diamonds like everybody else—believes this pink gem holds his ticket out of this godforsaken continent… He is a smuggler, a former mercenary and weapons trader from Zimbabwe who bribes all, and supplies arms to both sides… He gets Solomon Vandy—captured by government troops—out of jail only because he overhears that the fisherman might have found a clear massive stone about the size of a bird's egg…

Vandy—forced apart from his family and sent off to work as a slave in the minefields—has hided the enormous 100 carat diamond from his captors and buried it in a secret place within the jungle… His son Dia is taking away by a brainwashing militia called the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) turning him with lies, drugs, and liquor, into a cold-blooded murderer…

Danny makes a deal to help the noble fisherman find his family if Vandy will lead him to the diamond… The majority of the story is their journey across the war torn country…

Leonard DiCaprio is both ruthless and charming as the cynical soldier of fortune who knows an opportunity when it presents itself… But he also is aggressive and selfish willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants… He illustrates the black side of the dirty diamond trade… On his trek to find the stone, Archer's eyes are opened to some enduring values that surpass his own self-profit…

Djimon Hounsou eventually realizes that Danny's connections and money are his only hope… He plays a helpless character totally passionate as the resolving and fiercely determined father desperate to learn the fate of his family…

Connelly is an idealist who wishes to display corruption… She thinks that with Archer's help she can get a unique story line surrounding the civil war but also revealing corporate malfeasance and cover-up behind the diamond trade…

It is also good to mention Arnold Vosloo in the role of Colonel Coetzee, head of the army unit also trying to claim the diamond… He's a great character actor and remains a powerful presence and one of the screen's most efficient scene-stealer…

Nominated for five Oscars, "Blood Diamond" is an action, political adventure at its best!


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