Blood Diamond (2006)



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

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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.
R (for strong violence and language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Jimi Mistry
as Nabil
Marius Weyers
as Van de Kaap
Michael Sheen
as Simmons
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 Minister
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
Adetokumboh M'Cormack
as R.U.F Trainer
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
Nnamdi Onyeiwu
as Kamajoor
Mfuno Pisani
as Child Soldier 2
Phado Bahola
as Child Soldier 3 (Indoc)
Thabang Mothle
as Child Soldier 4 (Indoc)
Buhle Seya
as Child Soldier 5 (Indoc)
Sizwe Makapela
as Child Soldier 6 (Indoc)
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
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Critic Reviews for Blood Diamond

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (50)

Both excitingly well made and dispiritingly formulaic.

Full Review… | June 28, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It doesn't entirely evade the issue at its core - conflict diamonds - in favour of pure action by way of guns and planes, thrills and spills; but it hardly embraces the subject fully either.

Full Review… | January 24, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

DiCaprio proves himself the most watchful and watchable actor of his age.

Full Review… | December 11, 2006
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It succeeds well at what it sets out to do: wrapping a worthy message in a compelling story.

December 8, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

[Director Zwick] is craftsman enough that the pace never slackens, the chase scenes thrill, and the battle scenes sicken. And if it makes viewers think twice about buying their sweethearts that hard-won hunk of ice for Christmas, so much the better.

Full Review… | December 8, 2006
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Blood Diamond


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
Wildaly M

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Leo plays Danny, a diamond smuggler who meets Solomon who has hidden the rarest diamond. Great accent and best performance to date from Leo. My fave scenes are dancing at the night bar and the last phone call. Great cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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