Blood Diamond

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Blood Diamond (film) is a 2006 film that follows a rare pink diamond found in Sierra Leone, and the effect it has on the man who finds it, a smuggler who wants it, and an American journalist trying to find and expose the truth about these "blood diamonds".

Directed by Edward Zwick. Written by Charles Leavitt (screenplay), Charles Leavitt and C. Gaby Mitchell (story).

Danny Archer

  • You know in America it's "bling, bling", but out here it's "bling, bang".
  • The only reason you're still alive is because you haven't told anyone where it is.
  • That diamond is my ticket out of this... godforsaken continent.
  • Sometimes I wonder if God will ever forgive us for what we've done to each other...Then I look around and I realize... God left this place a long time ago.
  • [to Maddy] Well, off the record, I like to get kissed before I get fucked.
  • When's the last time the world wasn't falling apart?
  • Who do you think buys the stones I bring out, dreamy American girls who want a story book wedding and a big shiny rock. It's like the ones they see in the advertisements in your politically correct magazines, so please, don't come here and make judgements on me, alright. I provide a service, the world wants what we have, and they want it cheap. We're in business together, get over yourself, darling.
  • We thought we were fighting communism, but in the end it was all about who gets what, you know? So one day I decided "Fuck it, I'm gonna get mine."
  • [As Solomon deserts Archer] Oi...Kaffir! [livid Solomon knocks him down]
  • [last words] That's alright. I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be.


  • Maddy: [To Danny] So what are you... a smuggler?
  • M'ed: This is my country, man. We here long 'fore you came.. long after you're gone.
  • Solomon Vandy: [To his son] I will find you... if it takes my life.
  • Captain Poison: Young man, young man, you must understand! The government wants you to vote, oke? They say 'The future is in your hands!'... We are the future, so we take your hands! No more hands, no more voting!
  • Captain Poison: You think I am a devil. But only because I have lived in hell. I want to get out.


Archer: Who do you think got you out of jail, huh!? That makes us partners!
Solomon: I am NOT your partner!

Maddy: You're using him.
Danny Archer: I am using him and you are using me and this is how it works

Archer: I'm here to see Commander Zero.
Captain: I am Captain Rambo.
Archer: Right, Right. I've seen your films, huh.

Commander Zero: Maybe we just kill you and take away what you bring (lapses into Creole).
Archer: Then you get one more dead body, instead of aeroplane way-full with grenade launchers!
Archer: So I think I'm gon' go to dem government! Dem government, at least dey gon' pay me!
Commander Zero: Wait, wait, my friend. Here is what you want. (Takes out a can full of diamonds) So many, I don't know what do with them all. Hey Archer! Next time, you bring a satellite TV, eh? I want see Baywatch!
Archer: Ja ja.

[On the news that the rebels are approaching the city]
Archer: Maybe time to get your family out, huh?
A'med: And go where? Just fire up the chopper and fly away like you people? This my country, man. We here long 'fore you came. Long after you gone.

Solomon: You are how old?
Archer: Me? I'm 31.
Solomon: Do you have no wife?
Archer: No.
Solomon: children?
Archer: No.
Solomon: ...and no home?
Archer: No.
Solomon: But you have money, yes?
Archer: No...some.
Solomon: ...but not enough?
Archer: No
Solomon: If ya get this diamond, you will have enough money, yes?
Archer: Yes.
Solomon: ...and you will get the wife and children.
Archer: Probably not, no.
[Solomon chuckles]
Archer: What?
Solomon: ...I'm confused.
Archer: Yeah? ...Makes two of us my brü.

Archer: Ah Christ...I've gotta quit smoking, huh?
Solomon: Why don't you?
Archer: I tell you what, Solomon. You find me this diamond, I'll quit right then and there, huh! (hah)

Archer: Cordell... howzit, china?
Cordell: Long time, pal.
Archer: How's Alice?
Cordell: Ah, she's well, thanks.
Archer: Tim must be in school, right?
Cordell: Ah, big kids, big problems ya know?
Archer: Ja ja.
Cordell: I heard you got into a spot of trouble in the bush, huh?
Archer: Ah... well, you know the bush, right brü?
[Cordell chuckles]
Archer: Company doing well?
Cordell: Can't complain...11 wars in the continent, we're keeping busy.
Archer: So, what, you here on holiday, huh?
Archer: ...How's the colonel?
Cordell: He sends his regards.
Archer: Good, good... score us a loose, huh?
Cordell: Smoking'll kill you, brü.
Archer: Ah... only if I live, right?
[Archer punches him in the gut]
Archer: ...Thats for breaking my T.V. brü.
Archer: Tell the colonel he'll get his money. I'll come see him soon.

Maddy: You lost your parents didn't you?
Archer: That's a polite way of putting it, ja. Mom was raped and...Dad was decapitated and hung from a hook in the barn.

Cordell: Smoking'll kill you brü..
Archer: Only if I live, huh?

Archer: T.I.A., right M'ed?
M'ed: T.I.A.
Maddy: (to Archer) What's T.I.A.?
Archer: This Is Africa, huh?

(After the colonel been shot on his chest)
Colonel: T.I.A., huh, Danny?
Archer: T.I.A.
(Archer shoots the colonel as the colonel draws his gun again)

[Archer is dying from being shot to the side]
Archer: Take it.
Solomon: Mr. Archer...
Archer: Take it! Take it!
Solomon: I thought you'd steal it from me?
Archer: Ja, it occured to me, huh?
[Archer laughs]
Archer: Listen, this is Maddy's card, huh. You call her when you get to Conakry, alright? [giving Solomon his gun] Don't trust that pilot for a second. You hold this to his head if he fucks around, alright?
Solomon: I can carry you.
Archer: Take your boy home. Take him home.

[As Archer is dying of a bullet wound]
Unknown person: Archer, you're a dead man!
Archer: Ja ja.

Maddy: Hello, Maddy Bowen?
Archer: Thought I'd never call, huh?
Maddy: And I'm so glad you did. Um, when am I gonna see you?
Archer: Maddy, I want you to do me one more favor, huh? I want you to go meet Solomon. In Conakry.
Maddy: In Guinea. Why do you want me to go to Guinea?
Archer: We found his son, but he's gonna need some help. You understand? Maddy?
Maddy: You're hurt. Are you hurt?
Archer: Ja, well, I've got a little problem here.
Maddy: OK, you, um, you tell me where you are. Archer?
Archer: I'm looking at an incredible view right now. I wish you were here, Maddy.
Maddy: OK, then I'm coming to be with you. You just tell me where you are.
Archer: I don't think so.
Maddy: Are you still in Kono? Because I can get someone there to help you.
Archer: Maddy, you find someplace safe for the boy, alright? And keep him out of sight. And get Solomon to London. He's bringing something with him, and he's gonna need your help.
Maddy: Why aren't you bringing it yourself?
Archer: I'm saying it's a real story now, and you can write the hell out of it. I'm really happy I met you, you know that?
Maddy: Yeah, I'm, um, I'm really happy I met you, too. And I wish I could be there with you.
Archer: That's alright. I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be.



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