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Academy Award® nominees Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou join Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly in this action drama from Ed Zwick, the filmmaker behind The Last Samurai. DiCaprio stars as Danny Archer, a mercenary smuggler searching for a priceless diamond amid the chaos of Sierra Leone's civil war; Hounsou (Gladiator), as a desperate father searching for his lost son; and Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), as a reporter searching for the truth behind the trade in 'conflict diamonds.' Forced to confront the brutal human cost of the diamond trade, Archer changes his search for financial reward to a quest for redemption.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Blood Diamond overcomes poor storytelling with its biting commentary and fine performances.
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Common Sense Says
Extremely violent melodrama is not for kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mature action-drama isn't for young kids (even though Leo lovers may want to see it). It's extremely violent, with frequent scenes of war and abusive labor practices (villagers' hands are chopped off and mineworkers are shot dead for disobeying orders). Weapons include guns, machetes, knives, grenades, missiles, Molotov cocktails, and AK-47s. Most upsetting: Young boys are kidnapped from their families and trained to kill, chanting "Shed their blood." The children also smoke cigarettes and drink. Displays of anger lead to arguments and fistfights. During a massacre scene, a body is thrown from a balcony, bodies spurt blood, and buildings explode. Characters drink frequently and smoke lots of cigarettes. Language includes many uses of "f--k" and one pronounced use of the African racist term "kaffir."
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Role Models
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- Genre:Thriller, Drama
- Release Date:December 8, 2006
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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