Blood Diamond

December 8th, 2006

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Blood Diamond

Still of Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood DiamondStill of Edward Zwick in Blood DiamondJennifer Connelly at event of Blood DiamondStill of Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou in Blood DiamondStill of Djimon Hounsou in Blood DiamondStill of Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou in Blood Diamond

A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 8.0/10 (175,258 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Edward Zwick

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly

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.

Writers: Charles Leavitt, Charles Leavitt

Leonardo DiCaprio - Danny Archer
Djimon Hounsou - Solomon Vandy
Jennifer Connelly - Maddy Bowen
Kagiso Kuypers - Dia Vandy
Arnold Vosloo - Colonel Coetzee
Antony Coleman - Cordell Brown
Benu Mabhena - Jassie Vandy
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)

Taglines: Fortune


Official Website: Warner Bros [France] | Warner Bros. [United States] |

Release Date: 8 December 2006

Filming Locations: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Box Office Details

Budget: $100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,648,324 (USA) (10 December 2006)

Gross: $57,312,489 (USA) (1 April 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Danny Archer has a tattoo of an African buffalo with two crossed arrows on his shoulder, this is the unit emblem of 32 Battalion sometimes called the "Buffalo Battalion".

Continuity: When Archer gives Solomon Maddy's business card it is tattered enough to fold in half. In the shot showing Solomon receiving the card from Archer it isn't folded anymore.

[first lines]
Solomon Vandy: Dia. Dia. Don't want to be late.
Dia Vandy: English boys don't go to school every day.

User Review

A Hollywood movies tells an African story full of death and violence and presents it with impressive truth.

Rating: 10/10

Because I lived in Sierra Leone, in fact in Kono, the diamond-mining area of the country, for three years, I had to see Blood Diamond as soon as it came out. It is an excellent movie. Although it was not filmed in Sierra Leone, it captures the reality of the country to a remarkable degree. There is a great deal of violence in this movie, but that violence is organic, realistic, fitting to what happened there. They even manage to convey the fact that the people are as astonished by this violence as we are; Sierra Leone used to be one of the safest countries in the world. The movie tells the facts about conflict diamonds quickly and accurately. DiCaprio's performance is impressive, certainly the best by him I've ever seen: he is totally believable as a white African. Jennifer Connelly's role is much smaller but she makes the most of it. Djiman Housou has enormous physical presence as the brave Mende fisherman. This movie just gets so many things right that the few places it departs from reality are entirely forgivable. I would heartily recommend this movie to everyone; it is the best Hollywood movie I've seen in years.

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