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Blood Diamond (2006)



Critic Consensus: Blood Diamond overcomes poor storytelling with its biting commentary and fine performances.

Movie Info

Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990's Sierra Leone, "Blood Diamond" is the story of Danny Archer--a South African mercenary--and Solomon Vandy--a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories as different as any can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives. While in prison for smuggling, Archer learns that Solomon--who was taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields--has found and hidden the extraordinary rough stone. With the help of Maddy Bowen, an American journalist whose idealism is tempered by a deepening connection with Archer, the two men embark on a trek through rebel territory, a journey that could save Solomon's family and give Archer the second chance he thought he would never have.more
Rating: R (for strong violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Leavitt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2007
Box Office: $57.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Leonardo DiCaprio
as Danny Archer
Jennifer Connelly
as Maddy Bowen
Djimon Hounsou
as Solomon Vandy
Kagiso Kuypers
as Dia Vandy
Arnold Vosloo
as Colonel Coetzee
Antony Coleman
as Cordell Brown
Benu Mabhena
as Jassie Vandy
Basil Wallace
as Benjamin Kapanay
Anointing Lukola
as N'Yanda Vandy
Marius Weyers
as Van de Kaap
Anthony J. Coleman
as Cordell Brown
Stephen Collins
as Ambassador Walker
David Harewood
as Captain Poison
Bouba Badiane
as Tupac T-shirt
Ato Essandoh
as Commander Rambo
Ronnie Nyakale
as Digger No. 1
Percy Matsemela
as Commander Zero
Nick Reding
as British DFID Ministe...
Tony Kgoroge
as Troop Leader
Klemens Becker
as German Minister
Akin Omotoso
as Peacekeeper
Chimène Costa
as Red Cross Worker
Grant Brett Swanby
as UNCHR Official
Dini Nondumo
as Mende UN Worker
Tau Maserumule
as R.U.F. Soldier No. 1
Martin Abdul Jabbar
as Guinean Guard
Gaurav Chopra
as French Journalist
Karl McMillan
as Aussie Journalist
David S. Lee
as Cockney Journalist
Jonathan Pienaar
as SA Cameraman
Sonni Chidiebere
as Kamajoor Headman
Nhlanhla Mavimbela
as Child Solider 1
Mfuno Pisani
as Child Soldier 2
Phado Bahola
as Child Soldier 3 (Ind...
Thabang Mothle
as Child Soldier 4 (Ind...
Buhle Seya
as Child Soldier 5 (Ind...
Sizwe Makapela
as Child Soldier 6 (Ind...
Tyrone Keogh
as SA Page
Winston Ntshona
as Old Mende Man
Carol Behane
as Mother at the Bridge
Nigel Harman
as News Reporter
Clare Holman
as News Reporter
Kedibone Tholo
as Prostitute
Koketso Mojela
as Prostitute
Nigel Harman
as News Reporter
David Lee
as Cockney Journalist
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Critic Reviews for Blood Diamond

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (50)

Both excitingly well made and dispiritingly formulaic.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Blood Diamond has all the cinematic punch of a lengthy Nation article.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It's clear that Blood Diamond takes quite a while to wholeheartedly get going...

Full Review… | March 28, 2014
Reel Film Reviews

Despite fine performances, Blood Diamond is an unfortunate disappointment due to heavy handed direction which dilutes its message.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Diamonds may be forever, but Blood Diamond hopefully will only last through the Oscar season

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

After centuries of raping Africa for its resources, now we exploit its misery for our amusement.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Blood Diamond

DiCaprio, Hounsou and Connelly all shine in one of the best films ive seen in a long time. Just kept me glued to my set the whole time i watched this. This was a great film.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


It's a bit formulaic but the performances of the lead actors (Hounsou and DiCaprio) are great enough to make this film worthy.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Blood Diamond Quotes

Captain Poison: You think I am a devil, but only because I have lived in hell.
– Submitted by Ankur B (22 months ago)
Maddy Bowen: [overlooking the refugee camp] This is what a million people looks like. At the moment, the second largest camp in Africa. Might catch a minute of this on CNN, somewhere between Sports and Weather.
– Submitted by Joakim A (2 years ago)
Maddy Bowen: Why? This whole country's at war. Why should I help just one person? [Followed by silence as she thinks about it]
– Submitted by Joakim A (2 years ago)
Danny Archer: You take your boy home, yeah?
– Submitted by Ankur B (2 years ago)

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