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Product Description

Eddie is an aging traveling diamond salesman working the back roads of Pennsylvania. He’s developed longstanding relationships with his clients and prides himself in his knowledge of the trade. After a heart attack, management deems him too high a risk to be carrying the expensive collection of diamonds. His last assignment is to train a rookie salesman, Bobby, whose cocky sales tactics promise to estrange Eddie's long-standing clientele. Needless to say, the relationship between the two men gets off to a rocky start but eventually, the two find that each has something valuable to offer the other.

About the Actor

When pundits say that just being nominated for an Academy Award® is tantamount to winning, they must have had actor Robert Forster in mind. His role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown was a landmark performance and helped revive a career, which Forster has described as having "a five year upwards first act and a 25 year sliding second act." His performance garnered universally great critical acclaim, but even more importantly, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. It has turned around a career that started over 30 years ago and put him suddenly in great demand.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Forster, Donnie Wahlberg, Bess Armstrong, Jasmine Guy, George Coe
  • Directors: Dan Cohen
  • Writers: Dan Cohen
  • Producers: Dan Cohen, Kate Forster, Linda Berger, Lynda E. Lester, Rick Derby
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4KL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,339 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Diamond Men" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

The visuals are distorted - totally unwatchable!
Seth Benowitz
Starts strange, but one of those movies where when you get to the end, you really like the whole experience.
Gaddlaw
Robert Forster's performance in the lead role is outstanding.
Govindan Nair

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By thornhillatthemovies.com VINE VOICE on April 12, 2005
Format: DVD
Love them or hate them, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, followed by Richard Roeper, exposed the American public to films that may never have been seen otherwise. Through their television show, they exposed films that were having difficulty getting distributed. Recently, Ebert and Roeper favorably reviewed a film called "Diamond Men", a small independent film starring Robert Forster and Donnie Wahlberg. The film has just been released in LA. The theater for the Sunday matinee screening I attended was about ¾ full, remarkable for a film that is independent and received almost no publicity.

Eddie Miller (Robert Forster) is a traveling salesman. He drives through the small towns of Pennsylvania, selling his companies line of diamond jewelry. And he does a remarkably good job at it. After one visit, he has a heart attack, putting him on the sidelines as he recovers. Returning to work, raring to go, he learns that he can longer sell on the road. No insurance company will cover him and when he is carrying over $1 million in samples in his trunk, that becomes a serious problem. The company offers him an alternative: Train the new guy who will take over your route. Then maybe they will find something for him to do. He reluctantly agrees and soon meets his new partner, Bobby Walker (Donnie Wahlberg). Bobby is young and brash and they initially don't get along very well.

"Diamond Men" is a very small, independent film. Robert Forster served as one of the Executive Producers and saw the film as a showcase for his acting ability. He was correct. Forster is the best thing about the film, an actor seemingly revered by other actors, his recent roles have been created to showcase his abilities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 31, 2003
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Warning: this is a character study. Those viewers interested in mindless explosions and frenetic car chase sequences need not apply.
"Diamond Men" is a fascination, with equal parts drawn from the themes explored in such films as "Tin Men" and "The Color of Money." That this film didn't find a larger audience is a mystery.
Robert Forster is stunning in his role as Eddie Miller, an aging diamond salesman who suffers a heart attack. In his quest to keep his employment after recovering, Eddie is relegated to training a young upstart (played with reasonable appeal by Donnie Wahlberg). However, Eddie eventually realizes that he has as much to learn about life from his cocky protege, and this is where the film makes some surprising and wonderful turns as a side trip to a local bordello masquerading as a simple massage parlor changes both of their lives ... for the better.
Still, what makes "Diamond Men" work is the artistry of Forster. He inhabits the body of Eddie Miller with a grace and ease reserved for veteran actors, the likes of which Paul Newman, Tom Hanks, and Al Pacino normally get. Forster -- almost the 'odd man out' in selection -- gives a tour de force performance from the film's first few scenes all the way down to his wry smile in the conclusion. Wahlberg, the young upstart, plays the young upstart convincing. Jasmine Guy is on board, reaching nice marks as the 'madame' of the massage parlor. And Bess Armstrong -- along for the ride as a masseuse with a past she's trying to forget -- gets wonderful mileage out of only a handful of underwritten but crucial scenes. All in all, this is one well paced acting package.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kcorn TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2003
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If you like your movies full of action and excitment, look elsewhere. But if you're willing to invest the time watching this one, you may be in for a very pleasant surprise. Jack Forster plays an ageing jewelry salesman or a "diamond" man, recovering from a heart attack, who is forced to take on a young (and cocky) younger apprentice (played to perfection by Donnie Walberg)...either that or the older man will be immediately fired.
What starts out as a hate/hate relationship slowly gives way to grudging tolerance and then to a gradual friendship, if a bumpy one. I won't reveal the climax of this movie but it does turn things in a totally different direction than expected. With lesser actors, this could have been a dull, even deadly, movie. But Forster, always able to command attention in his lowkey way, and Walberg are a pair that makes this movie fly. Definitely recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 2003
Format: DVD
Excellent film, you see some resemblance to Wahlberg's little brother Mark, in his ability to play an understanding, sympathetic character--and someone you can empthasize with as well. Two salesmen, one old and one in his late 20's are paired up, in order to give the new recruit experience. Will they get along? Is the old man training his replacement? All we know is, the old timer himself still needs a job-and we don't know if he'll have one at the end of the movie.
Touching film with some twists, laughs and tears.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brent on September 2, 2004
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this movie and I would recommend it. Forrester carries this movie, if you liked him in Jackie Brown, then you will like him in this.

On the downside, I was not entirely happy with the DVD. The Anamorphic disc is a bit misleading, as you actually see more on the 4:3 setting of your DVD Player. If you have a 16:9 TV as I do, it ends up clipping off the top and bottom of the picture, including some of the captions (aka "Week 1" etc). In some scenes you can tell the tops of peoples heads are being clipped.

Even worse, the commentary, which I enjoyed, refers in some scenes to what you see in the "widescreen print" of the film but even at 16:9 setting, you do not see these things on this DVD.

If they ever make a new transfer of this movie from the widescreen print, I would increase my rating of that DVD to 4 stars.

I find it suprising that with two prints of the film, they would choose the lower aspect ratio one to make to DVD, and then worse than that, they then chose to master the DVD in 4:3 with letterbox and then have use the anamorphic feature to clip the 4:3 letterbox version to a 16:9 view. This is exactly backwords. Let the DVD player add the extra black letterbox for the 4:3 folks and give full fidelity to people with 16:9 TVs. Happily, not many movies are transfered this way.
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