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Cast & Crew
- Leonardo Di Caprio
- Edward Zwick
- Marshall Herskovitz
- Paula Weinstein
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A South African mercenary and a Mende fisherman find their fates forever intertwined as they embark on a quest to obtain a rare and highly coveted pink diamond in director Edward Zwick's frantic adventure drama. Ripped from his family farm and forced to toil away in the sweltering South African diamond fields, Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) discovered an extraordinary rough stone of immeasurable value. Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a hired gun who specializes in the sale of so-called "blood diamonds" that are used to finance rebellions and terrorist organizations, and is currently serving time for smuggling. As a bloody civil war rages in Sierra Leone and Archer learns that Vandy has safely hidden the diamond in a place where no one would ever suspect, the pair enlist the aid of disillusioned American journalist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly) in recovering the treasure that has the power to save Vandy's family and provide the desperate Archer with a much-needed chance for redemption.
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Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
The more I see of their work, the more I realise that directors Ed Zwick and Sam Mendes have one thing very sharply in common -- both are filmmakers who make movies that they think are far more...– Full review
David Edelstein, New York Magazine
Both excitingly well made and dispiritingly formulaic.– Full review
Mark Kermode, BBC Radio Five Live
Issue-tainment. Puts the issue of conflict diamonds in the public eye. Whether or not that makes it a great drama is a slightly different question.– Full review
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
The whole thing is more Gerald Ratner than Harry Winston.– Full review
James Christopher, Times [UK]
So bleak and depressing you will never look at a gemstone again without idly wondering how many lives it might have cost.– Full review
James Mottram, Film4
Not robust enough to deliver on its early promise.– Full review
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