The Adventurers

The Adventurers

David MacDonald (1950)

77min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Not the 1970 Harold Robbins fiasco, but a sturdy British would-be action drama set in South Africa about the squabbling members of an expedition searching for a cache of diamonds. Jack Hawkins, on his way to major stardom, is cast against type as a villain, who enlists an unconvincing Dennis Price, a young Peter Hammond and Grégoire Aslan to help him recover the treasure. This could have been quite stirring if it hadn't been morbidly under-directed at a snail's pace by David MacDonald. In the US it ran 12 minutes shorter and was twice retitled, as The Great Adventure and Fortune in Diamonds.

Summary

A ragtag group of mismatched soldiers searches for a cache of diamonds stolen during the Boer War. As their obvious distrust of each other comes to the surface, the quest for riches becomes a tense and deadly affair. Adventure, starring Dennis Price, Jack Hawkins, Siobhan McKenna and Bernard Lee.

Cast & Crew

Pieter Brandt Jack Hawkins
Hendrik Von Thaal Peter Hammond
Clive Hunter Dennis Price
Dominic Grégoire Aslan
Barman Charles Paton
Anne Hunter Siobhan McKenna
O'Connell Bernard Lee
Van Thaal Ronald Adam
Chief engineer Martin Boddey
Man in restaurant Phillip Ray
Man in restaurant Walter Harsburgh
Waiter Cyril Chamberlain
Director David MacDonald
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video
Drama