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Blood Diamond (2006)

aka Blood Diamond

"It Will Cost You Everything"

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Details: 143 mins · English, Afrikaans, Mende, Krio · R (USA)


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Great Movie

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Very good

Action with a realistic twist, this movie takes os to Southafrica and the trade of diamond. Excellent plot and great action. And I have to admit that every time I se Leonardo i'm impressed with his acting-skills even though i tend to write him off as an "pretty-boy" - sorry Leo ;-)
rewatched 2017: not as good as I remembered, it's a bit long at times - but still tells a fine story

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Small Danny Archer
Small Solomon Vandy
Small Maddy Bowen
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Small Colonel Coetzee
No_movie_poster Cordell Brown
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No_movie_poster N'Yanda Vandy
Small Captain Poison
Small Benjamin Kapanay
Small Nabil
Small Rupert Simmons
No_movie_poster Rudolf Van De Kaap
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No_movie_poster Victoria Thomas Casting
No_movie_poster Dan Weil Production Design
No_movie_poster James Newton Howard Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Ngila Dickson Costume Design
No_movie_poster Charles Leavitt Screenplay
No_movie_poster Steven Rosenblum Editor
No_movie_poster Sallie Jaye Makeup Department Head
No_movie_poster Neil Corbould Special Effects
Small Edward Zwick Director
Small Marshall Herskovitz Producer
No_movie_poster Christopher Assells Sound Effects Editor
No_movie_poster Gillian Gorfil Producer
No_movie_poster Graham King Producer
No_movie_poster Darrell Roodt Producer
No_movie_poster Paula Weinstein Producer
No_movie_poster Eduardo Serra Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Peter Wenham Art Direction
No_movie_poster Olivia Bloch-Lainé Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Sharon Martin Hairstylist
No_movie_poster Lon Bender Supervising Sound Editor
No_movie_poster Jim Weidman Music Editor
No_movie_poster Romulo Adriano Jr. Visual Effects
No_movie_poster Jeffrey A. Okun Visual Effects
No_movie_poster Francois Grobbelaar Stunt Double
No_movie_poster Mick 'Stuntie' Milligan Stunt Double
Small Edward Zwick Production
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No_movie_poster Charles Leavitt Story Contributor
No_movie_poster C. Gaby Mitchell Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Steven Rosenblum Editing


"It Will Cost You Everything"


It is 1999 and the troubled West African nation of Sierra Leone is ravaged by major political unrest. Rebel factions such as the Revolutionary United Front frequently terrorize the open countryside, intimidating Mende locals and enslaving many to harvest diamonds, which fund their increasingly successful war effort. One such unfortunate is fisherman Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), from Shenge, who has been assigned to a workforce overseen by a ruthless warlord, Captain Poison (David Harewood).

On a particularly tense morning, Vandy discovers an enormous pink diamond in the riverbank and buries it in the soft earth. Captain Poison learns of the stone, but before he can act on this knowledge the area is raided by government security forces. Both men are subsequently incarcerated in Freetown along with Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), a white Zimbabwean gunrunner jailed while attempting to smuggle diamonds into Liberia for corrupt South African mining executive Rudolph van de Kaap (Marius Weyers).

Having managed to learn of the pink diamond's existence, Archer arranges to have Vandy freed from detention. He then travels to Cape Town, meeting with his former military contacts, including Colonel Coetzee (Arnold Vosloo) - an Afrikaner late of the apartheid-era South African Defence Force. Archer remarks that he hopes to abscond with Vandy's stone and leave the Dark Continent forever, but Coetzee indicates that his lost stake in Archer's botched Liberian operation entitles him to the diamond as compensation. The former returns to Sierra Leone, locates Vandy, and offers to help him find his family if he will recover his prize.

Meanwhile, RUF insurgents initiate an escalation of hostilities. Freetown falls to their advance while Vandy's son Dia (Kagiso Kuypers) is among those rounded up to serve as a child soldier under a liberated Captain Poison. Archer and Vandy narrowly escape to Guinea, where they plan to infiltrate Kono with an American journalist, Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), in exchange for giving her inside information on the illicit diamond trade. Coetzee and his private army also turn up in the region, having been contracted by local authorities to repulse the renewed rebel offensive.

While Bowen is evacuated with her story, the two men set out for Captain Poison's former encampment on their own. Dia, now stationed with the RUF garrison there, is confronted - although he refuses to acknowledge his father. Archer radios the site's coordinates to Coetzee, who directs an air strike via an Mi-24 helicopter gunship. Vandy locates Captain Poison and decapitates him with a shovel while attacking mercenaries rout the warlord's surviving men. Coeztee then forces a reluctant Vandy to produce the diamond, but is killed by Archer, who has deduced that he will have them both eliminated once their usefulness has expired. Dia holds them both at gunpoint, although Vandy convinces him of his own retained innocence and the two resume their previous bond.

While escaping from Coetzee's vengeful followers, Archer collapses with a lethal injury and surrenders the stone to Vandy, instructing him to take it for his family. Vandy and his son rendezvous with a charter pilot, Nabil (Jimi Mistry), who flies them to safety while Archer makes a final phone call to Maddy Bowen, charging her to assist Vandy. He dies peacefully, fulfilling Coetzee's prediction that the smuggler would never leave his African home.

Shortly afterwards, Vandy, who is now living in the United Kingdom, meets with representatives of van de Kaap, who wishes to acquire his jewel. Bowen photographs the deal for publication in her article detailing the trade in conflict gems and exposes van de Kaap's criminal actions. Meanwhile, Vandy's guest appearance at a conference on "blood diamonds" in Kimberley is met with a standing ovation.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2006-12-08 : United States of America

DVD : 2007-03-20