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Diamond Hunters movie

Postby Wraith » Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:41 pm

Hey I heard that "Diamond Hunters" was made into a tv movie and it stars Alyssia Milano. Has anybody seen it, I like to know if its worth checking out.
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Re: Diamond Hunters movie

Postby Matbow » Mon Oct 15, 2007 3:22 pm

Hi Wraith,

There's a thread over in the General WS Discussion forum that discusses Wilbur Smiths books that have been made into movies:


I've taken the following from that thread:

Danny Ramone wrote:O.k... I just saw The diamond hunters....

what a load of crap.... It really annoyed me actually.

******warning possible movie spoilers/rant********

The screen writer who I had never heard of obviously had the arrogance to think that they could do a better job than WS who has sold how many copies of his books?

At first I noticed the changed the order, but then they changed to story. The old man actually liked johnny in the end, there was no mission of hate that was handed to Benedict. They made up a back story of the old man being in love with Johnny's mum thats why he always was hard on him.

They changed rubys character so that she want a money grubber that deserved what she got. But an angel who's only crime was to come second best to Tracey.

Hugo Kramer was a character they pulled out of their arse and gave them a name out of the book.

Like I mentioned the Timeline was changed. Johnny didnt work for the old man right untill he was nearly dead.

And the actual filmmaking was inconsistent there was no attention to detail (The old man had a fading put on south african accent), while the guys had american ones) the love scenes were too frequent and it seems they had tried to capture WS's love for rudie scenes, but somehwo it just cheapened the story and made it seem like a bad porno.

It just annoys me, if people are going to do something why do it half assed? the changed to the story made it crap, it was a soppy love story mainly centered on ruby being hard done by and the old man actually liking johnny in the end.


The only good bits about the movie are all the shots of Alyssa Milanos bosom, and the scenery shots of south africa.
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Re: Diamond Hunters movie

Postby Danny Ramone » Sun Oct 21, 2007 3:42 am

Ha! I remember writing that, thanks for posting it up. I was just coming onto this thread for another rant.

Even with my hatred of it, its still worth a look. Just don;t expect it to be a masterpiece that the novel is.
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Re: Diamond Hunters movie

Postby klebe » Mon May 05, 2008 9:07 am

Ye I loved the book when I finished it, so when I saw the DVD in a shop I actually bought it. :( What a load of horse dung. The movie is a total shocker, and not worth being mentioned as based on a WS novel. The screenwriter should be taken out and shot. :lol: Like the other guy said, the best part of the movie is that is features Allysa Millano. Whata babe.
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Re: Diamond Hunters movie

Postby gregm1999 » Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:54 pm

I watched the movie yesterday and thought it was complete garbage!
Did I miss something as the end of the movie was tracey spinning out on pills surrounded by a group of africans and then the credits rolled, was something missing or is that how it really ended?
The movie was disjointed and hardly took anything of the story from the book, at the start where johnny was doing his mining on the shore, there wasnt anything explaining what he was trying to do, and as for the the kingfisher there was no explanation of how the ship was going to mine for diamonds, just it was a complete all in one ship, nothing about the suction dredge.
They murdered the story with this movie, not even 'b' grade!
I bet wilbur smith is fuming about how the stuffed up the movie so badly!
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Re: Diamond Hunters movie

Postby tedd » Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:04 am

I doubt if he would be upset if he got paid enough!!
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Re: Diamond Hunters movie

Postby ianrogerb » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:45 am


The Diamond Hunters was the first Wilbur Smith I read and I have a copy of the film

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