Blood DiamondDecember 8, 2006
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
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
Rudolf Van De Kaap
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
(as Ntare Mwine)
Release Date: 8 December 2006
Filming Locations: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $8,648,324
(10 December 2006)
(1 April 2007)
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".
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.
Dia. Dia. Don't want to be late.
English boys don't go to school every day.
A Hollywood movies tells an African story full of death and violence and presents it with impressive truth.
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.