Blood Diamond (2006) - Oscar® Nominee!
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From the Director of Glory and The Last Samurai.
|A fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.|
"Sensational performances! Jeffrey Lyons, NBC's Reel Talk
"...Zwick's epic story has numerous virtues apart from suspense and spectacle. Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A visually sumptuous, bullet-train-paced thriller with a really provocative theme. Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"DiCaprio is remarkable... Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
Editor's NoteSet in Sierra Leone, BLOOD DIAMOND explores the role of diamond trading in the African civil war of the late 1990s. Narrowly escaping death when his village is invaded by R.U.F. militia, farmer Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) is enslaved at a diamond mine and has his family taken from him. When he discovers an unusually large stone he buries it, knowing it may be his only tool for retrieving his family. While Vandy is imprisoned, white African diamond smuggler Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) overhears an angry R.U.F. leader shouting at the farmer about the missing diamond, and he gets Vandy out of jail, then bribes him with the promise that he will help find Vandy's family in return for half the diamond's worth. Bonded by a common goal, the two men clash over drastically different values, but manage to stick together in pursuit of the prize. Also playing a part is fearless American journalist Maddie Bowen (Jennifer Connolly), whose flirtations with Archer and obsession with the truth land her in the middle of the bloody action. As the three embark on a dangerous journey filled with close calls, unlikely bonds form that threaten to change Archer's unfeeling ways. Meanwhile, a plotline following Vandy's beloved son shows us the horror being done to and by child soldiers at the hands of the so-called freedom-fighting rebel forces. Addressing his serious subject with passion and skill, director Edward Zwick (THE LAST SAMURAI) delivers impressive action sequences that feel horrifically real without seeming excessive. While some critics have taken stabs at the film for its Hollywood elements, no one can argue against BLOOD DIAMOND's noble intentions or its stellar performances. To most viewers, the film is likely to provide a disturbing and educational look at a world many know little about.
Blood Diamond - DVD
By: Anne Gilbert filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/9/2007 6:32 PM
|Blood Diamond has too many politics to be an action movie, too little hanky panky to be a romantic drama, and too many chase scenes to be real social activism. It's action drama against the backdrop of political turmoil -- in this case, Sierra Leone in 1999 -- where it is tricky to come off as neither tritely do-gooder nor exploitative. In this case, the effort is surprisingly successful. ...read the full review|
Blood Diamond - DVD Review
By: Ray Ellis Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/28/2007 4:14 AM
|he conflict diamond trade -- diamonds illegally traded to finance rebellions and terrorism -- has come under international scrutiny of late, due at least in some small measure to the movie Blood Diamond. Set in 1999 Sierra Leone during its brutal civil war, this 2006 film raised the mainstream public's awareness of the problem....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|C. Gaby Mitchell - Story By|
|Charles Leavitt - Screenplay|
|Charles Leavitt - Story By|
|Eduardo Serra - Cinematographer|
|Edward Zwick - Director|
|James Newton Howard - Original Music By|
|Len Amato - Executive Producer|
|Paula Weinstein - Producer|
|Peter Wenham - Art Director|
|Steven Rosenblum - Editor|
|Golden Globe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama|
|Image Award, Blood Diamond, Outstanding Motion Picture|
|Image Award, Djimon Hounsou, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture|
|Oscar, Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role|
|Oscar, Djimon Hounsou, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Oscar, Steven Rosenblum, Best Achievement in Editing|
|Oscar, Lon Bender, Best Achievement in Sound Editing|
|Oscar, Andy Nelson, et. al., Best Achievement in Sound Mixing|
|Screen Actors Guild, Leonardo DiCaprio, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role|
|Screen Actors Guild, Djimon Hounsou, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role|
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