The Diamond Mercenaries

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"They were professionals who killed for hire. But the man who hunted them killed for pleasure!"
  • R
  • 1976
  • 100 hr
  • 5.4  (722)

The Diamond Mercenaries is a 1976 action-adventure movie that stars Telly Savalas, Peter Fonda, and Hugh O'Brian. The movie is directed by Don Taylor and produced by Andrew Donally. The story centers around a group of mercenaries who are hired to retrieve a cache of diamonds from a war-torn African country. The movie begins with the introduction of the main character, Mike Bradley (Telly Savalas). He is a former soldier who has become a mercenary and now works as a diamond smuggler. Mike is approached by a wealthy businessman named Victor Ray (Hugh O'Brian) who wants him to fetch a cache of diamonds from a mine in Angola. Victor is willing to pay Mike and his team a hefty sum of money for the job.

Mike is joined by a team of skilled mercenaries, including Skipper Davis (Peter Fonda), Sammy Walker (Christopher Lee), and Drew (O.J. Simpson). The team is given a group of armored vehicles and guns to travel into Angola. However, they soon find out that the country is in a state of civil war and that the mine they are looking for is under the control of General Ndofa (Leslie Southwick), a ruthless military dictator.

The team begins their mission by infiltrating the mine and retrieving the diamonds. However, things quickly go awry when they are discovered by the General's troops. Mike and his team are forced to fight their way out of the mine and into the heart of the war-torn African country.

As they make their way through the jungle, the team faces several challenges, including attacks from enemy soldiers and deadly animals. They come across a group of American missionaries who are also caught in the conflict, and they decide to help them out. Eventually, they make their way to a small village where they attempt to regroup and find a way out of the country.

The Diamond Mercenaries is a classic action movie that features intense gunfights, explosions, and thrilling chase scenes. The movie's plot is straightforward, and the characters are uncomplicated, making it an easy watch. The movie's setting in Africa gives it a unique flavor, and the cinematography is excellent, bringing out the beauty of the continent's rugged terrain.

Telly Savalas's portrayal of Mike Bradley is the highlight of the movie. He plays the role of a tough, no-nonsense mercenary with ease, and his charisma gives the movie an extra edge. Peter Fonda is also impressive as Skipper Davis, a laid-back, motorbike-riding mercenary who brings a sense of humor to the movie.

The movie's director, Don Taylor, keeps the action moving at a brisk pace, providing a steady stream of action and excitement. The movie's soundtrack, composed by Roy Budd, is also noteworthy, adding to the movie's overall feel and vibe.

In conclusion, The Diamond Mercenaries is an enjoyable action-adventure movie that showcases Telly Savalas at his best. With its fast-paced action and thrilling chases, it is sure to keep viewers engaged from beginning to end. Although it may not be a critically acclaimed movie, it is definitely worth watching for those who appreciate action movies.

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    5.4  (722)