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Ths funny and touching comedy hit features Kirk Douglas (OSCAR, GREEDY) and Dan Aykroyd (BLUES BROTHERS 2000, GHOSTBUSTERS) in a shining cast of great stars! Harry Agensky (Douglas) is a feisty ex-boxing champ who shows that he still has some punch left when he talks his son (Aykroyd) and grandson into taking a road trip from Canada to Reno, Nevada! There, the trio takes up the search for 13 missing diamonds that Harry was promised for throwing a fight years ago! With sexy Jenny McCarthy (SCREAM 3, BASEKETBALL) and the legendary Lauren Bacall (THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES) adding to the already high-spirited hilarity, don't miss your chance to come along for this trio's wild comedy adventure.


In an effort to bond with his son, Lance (Dan Aykroyd) agrees to help his father, Harry (Kirk Douglas), a former boxer now hampered by a stroke (as Douglas is in real life), hunt down some diamonds he was given by a crooked boxing promoter but had to hide for reasons that don't exactly make sense. The three generations drive to Reno in a convertible (driving with the top down in winter, for some reason), where they win at gambling and decide to blow the money at a nearby whorehouse, where Lauren Bacall is the madam and Jenny McCarthy is one of the "girls." Lessons are learned, honor is regained. Every clichéd scene of Diamonds is written and played in such broad strokes (er, so to speak) that it's impossible to really connect with the characters; they don't have enough substance that you can grasp them as people. It's particularly difficult to watch Kirk Douglas--an actor who's spent his life playing thorny, galvanizing characters--being mined for cheap, easy sentiment. Get one of his older movies instead; get Paths of Glory or Out of the Past or Gunfight at the O.K. Corral or Spartacus or even 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, any one of which is a thousand times the movie Diamonds is. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Dan Aykroyd, Corbin Allred, Kurt Fuller
  • Directors: John Asher
  • Writers: Allan Aaron Katz
  • Producers: Andrew Somper, Gerald Green, Hannah Hempstead, Patricia Green, Rainer Bienger
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, German, Polish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305907153
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,095 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Diamonds" on IMDb

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "flickjunkie" on July 28, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Kirk Douglas is one of the all time great leading men in the last century. At 83 and having suffered a stroke, I'm sure no one ever thought he would be acting again. Think again. Douglas is back, and although he is hampered somewhat by the effects of the stroke, he is as feisty, energetic and dramatically potent as ever.
Douglas plays Harry, the patriarch of a three-generation family in this bittersweet comedy exploring the relationships between a father, his son and his grandson. Harry is seen early in the film doing exercises to recover his speech and strengthen his facial muscles after a stroke. A former welterweight champion, Harry tells his son (Dan Akroyd) and grandson (Corbin Allred) that when he was younger, he had a friend hold 13 diamonds for him, and if he could find the friend; he could recover the diamonds. So, the three men set out on a mission in quest of the booty.
The story is bittersweet character study of the three men, their relationships and misadventures. It is a bit overly nostalgic and the dialogue often meanders. However, the good points outweigh the bad. Douglas gives a plucky performance as the aging patriarch. This is his film, and he dominates every scene. His would have been an excellent dramatic performance for anyone regardless of age and health. When those facts are considered, it makes the performance truly inspirational. It speaks volumes about Douglas' indomitable character. It is obvious that he worked very hard to overcome his disability and he was determined not to let it get the best of him. There is also some great vintage b/w footage of Kirk Douglas, who played a prizefighter in the movie "Champion" (1949).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Otto Yuen on November 4, 2004
Format: DVD
This is not a story about diamonds but a beautiful story about the father and son's bonding. It begins with the old dad played by Kirk Douglas, who always brags about having a dozen of magic diamonds hidding somewhere, worth millions of dollars. None of his children believes him. Until someday, his grandson listens and excites about it. He drags his dad (played by Dan Aykroyd) to help his grandfather to find those diamonds. Adventure begins. Throughout the journey, they not only fix up but also strengthen their father-and-son relationship all together. And eventually, they find the magic diamonds but with a twist --- a $5 cubic zirconia necklace and a deck of card printed with grandma's picture. Yet, at the end of the film, there's another twist.

Overall, this is a very good movie. It will make you laugh abit and cry abit. Just the DVD is lacking of some extra features, which only comes with closed captions, bios, and a bonus material "The Life and Times of Kirk Douglas".

*** Otto Yuen's DVD Special Rating for Diamonds ***
1. Film Rewatchability: MEDIUM
2. DVD Featurability: WEAK
3. Picture Quality: VERY GOOD
4. Sound Quality: VERY GOOD

(Reviewed by Otto Yuen, 4-Nov-2004)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ISOTONIC on August 19, 2011
Format: DVD
I few years back, my film buff friends and I held our first and last annual "Worst film festival." The concept: each of us would bring in our nominee for `the worst film ever made." The winning title was Diamonds, by my estimation the most appalling film ever made, which I discovered on a red-eye flight from Vancouver.

First there is the script, an aggregate of modern Hollywood's worst sentimental tropes and go-to clichés. A paper-thin plot sees the retirement home hero suddenly deciding to retrieve a cash of lost diamonds. Why he waited until his 80's to become rich remains unclear. The diamonds of the movie's title of course serving no purpose, but to place gramps (Douglas), his estranged son (Aykroyd), and his estranged son (honestly, who cares) into a Cadillac convertible on a cross country quest, filled with stilted family drama and roadside adventures.

Up to this point, we are merely dealing with run-of-the-mill bad, but what makes Diamonds special is the WAY-TOO-SOON-AFTER-THE-STROKE casting of Douglas. Apparently intended as a pity project for an ailing Hollywood legend, the performance powerfully conveys the creepy sensation of attending 1900's era carnival act, where drunken louts pay to through tomatoes at a gibbering, dog-faced boy. Imagine Douglas (and believe it or not, I'm a big fan) shambling in slow-mo incoherency through establishing shots dragging the film's pacing to an un-editable crawl. Picture if you dare, a scene where the actor, unable to form words, raise his fists above his waist, or maintain his balance, defeating a mugger to retrieve a victim's purse, like a doddering Kryptonite-shriveled Superman. The film reaches its stupefying nadir with a multigenerational bonding session at a road-side whore-house.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Mach on June 2, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I saw this film and recommend it. Like most of the reviewers, I enjoyed it, its sentimental, has some fine actors and gives them a chance to interact around some interesting issues, and its sentimental. Not all reviewers enjoyed it, but I'll get to that. After seeing the movie, I purchased a copy for my dad and step-mom...both in their mid 80s...they liked it too. Those who didn't appreciate it as much may have been put off by the sentimentality, seeing Kirk in the late stage of his career; maybe they don't like Lauren or Dan as much as we do...its a sort of made-for-tv movie for those old enough to appreciate the situation...an odd old jewel in an odd old setting...
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