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Blood Diamond (2006)

Adventure, Drama, Thriller |

Blood Diamond is a political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers to blood diamonds, which are diamonds mined in war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world.

Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1991–2002, the film depicts a country torn apart by the struggle between government loyalists and insurgent forces. It also portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebels’ amputation of people’s hands to discourage them from voting in upcoming elections.

It is 1999 and Sierra Leone is ravaged by major political unrest. Rebel factions such as the Revolutionary United Front frequently terrorize the countryside, intimidating Mende locals and enslaving many to harvest diamonds, which fund their increasingly successful war effort. One such unfortunate local is fisherman Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) from Shenge, who is separated from his family and assigned to a workforce overseen by Captain Poison (David Harewood), a ruthless warlord.

One morning, Vandy discovers an enormous pink diamond in the river. Captain Poison tries to take the stone, but the area is suddenly raided by government troops. Vandy buries the stone before being captured. Both Vandy and Poison are incarcerated in Freetown, along with Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), a white Rhodesian gunrunner, whose family was killed in the Rhodesian Bush War.

Director: Edward Zwick

Writers: Charles Leavitt (screenplay & story), C. Gaby Mitchell (story)

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Kagiso Kuypers, Arnold Vosloo, Antony Coleman, Benu Mabhena


Leonardo DiCaprioDanny Archer
Djimon HounsouSolomon Vandy
Jennifer ConnellyMaddy Bowen
Kagiso KuypersDia Vandy
Arnold VoslooColonel Coetzee
Antony ColemanCordell Brown
Benu MabhenaJassie Vandy
Anointing LukolaN’Yanda Vandy
David HarewoodCaptain Poison
Basil WallaceBenjamin Kapanay
Jimi MistryNabil
Michael SheenRupert Simmons
Marius WeyersRudolf Van De Kaap
Stephen CollinsAmbassador Walker
Ntare Guma Mbaho MwineM’Ed (as Ntare Mwine)
Bouba BadianeTupac T-Shirt
Ato EssandohCommander Rambo
Percy MatsemelaCommander Zero
Ronnie NyakaleDigger 1
Tony KgorogeTroop Leader
Nick RedingBritish DFID Minister
Klemens BeckerGerman Minister
Akin OmotosoPeacekeeper
Chiméne CostaRed Cross Worker
Dini NondumoMende UN Worker
Grant SwanbyUNCHR Official
Tau MaserumuleR.U.F. Soldier #1
Adetokumboh M’CormackR.U.F. Trainer
Martin Abdul-JabbarGuinean Guard (as Martin Abdul Jabbar)
Gaurav ChopraFrench Journalist
Karl McMillanAussie Journalist
David S. LeeCockney Journalist
Jonathan PienaarSA Cameraman
Sonni ChidiebereKamajoor Headman
Nnamdi OnyeiwuKamajoor
Nhlanhla MavimbelaChild Soldier 1
Mfundo PisaniChild Soldier 2
Phado BaholaChild Soldier 3 (Indoc)
Thabang MothleChild Soldier 4 (Indoc)
Buhle SeyaChild Soldier 5 (Indoc)
Sizwe MakapelaChild Soldier 6 (Indoc)
Tyrone KeoghSA Page
Winston NtshonaOld Mende Man
Mduduzi MabasoRebel 1
Nathaniel RamabulanaRebel 2 (as Nat Ramabulana)
Zenzo NgqobeRebel 3
Mlungisi HlopheRebel 4
Carol BehaneMother at the Bridge
Nigel HarmanNews Reporter
Clare HolmanNews Reporter
Kedibone Tholo ManyakaProstitute 1 (as Kedibone Tholo)
Koketso MojelaProstitute 2
Keithian Santos-SammonsDjabu (as Keithian De’ Von Santos-Sammons)
Irmelin DiCaprioWoman at airport (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Ray DonnJournalist (uncredited)
Julie EagletonVan De Kaap Executive (uncredited)
Karen HaackeVan De Kaap’s Wife (uncredited)
Vanessa HaywoodDiplomat’s Wife (uncredited)
Dan HirstColonel’s Bodyguard (uncredited)
Cordell McQueenYoung mercinary (uncredited)
Scott WickesJournalist (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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