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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 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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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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No one has found a diamond, Until Now See more »


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

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English | Mende | Afrikaans

Release Date:

8 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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De Beers Group, which is the largest player in the diamond trade, has expressed reservations that the film will reduce public demand for diamonds. De Beers maintains the trade in conflict diamonds has been reduced from 4% to 1% by the Kimberley Process and it has been suggested the company pushed for the film to contain a disclaimer saying the events are fictional and in the past. De Beers has denied this. See more »

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At "G8 Conference" scene an official says that people in Africa have died over "ivory, rubber, gold, oil and it's now true of diamonds". Oil is produced in very small amounts and never been a matter of any wars. Diamonds haven't caused much war in South Africa and Botswana since the end of 19th century. And civil war in Sierra Leone wasn't over diamonds. Diamonds were used to finance it, though. See more »

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Faithful to the Sierra Leone civil war, but just a small part of it, like Hotel Rwanda
8 December 2006 | by forhallSee all my reviews

I rate this a ten because I had the privilege of going to Sierra Leone after the war and participate in one of the war crimes trials there at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, created by the Sierra Leone government with the United Nations.

In a bit more than two and a half hours, the writers and directors have to tell the story of the civil war, keep it concise yet true, and tell it through the eyes of a few participants. Because the story line is so true, and the acting, writing, directing, locations, people, and photography are all superior, I must admit prejudice toward such a high rating. My local reviewer gave it a B+.

My exposure to the civil war and only some of the events of this movie were based on reading books, hundreds of witness statements, online material about the war, including the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Report, and listening to over 100 witnesses testify, and my trial was not even those of the RUF and AFRC, the really bad actors of the war, as the movie shows, pulling no punches. The accounts of atrocities are shockingly real. Tens of thousands had hands amputated, people were indiscriminately murdered, women raped or forced to marry, villages were burned, and children were kidnapped and forced to fight the war for both of the rebel factions (RUF and AFRC). Making a child a soldier is a war crime, and this movie artfully shows you why, without saying a word about it.

Sherman said, about our own Civil War, that "War is hell." But, African civil war is far different and atrocious because it inevitably leads to atrocities.

This fine work, with Hotel Rwanda, stands out as a film seriously attempting to explain the atrocities that Africans somehow can do to themselves.


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