Diamond Head

Diamond Head

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Diamond Head 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Old_GuyNY More than 1 year ago
The racism is tough to watch: established wealthy mainland Caucasians versus native Hawaiians (rich and educated vs. poor and educated). But this early 1960s film was a metaphor for the civil rights movement back in the states and the taboos of interracial friendships and dating. The performances are very strong and the actors are in top form. The scenery and locations are superb and the story line is excellent. Not one of the top ten films of all time but an excellent choice and rarely shown anywhere.
ChandlerSwain More than 1 year ago
Were it not for the majestic vistas of the Hawaiian Islands, there would be very little reason to see "Diamond Head", a torpid little soap opera that plays like the most placid of made-for-television films. Charlton Heston huffs and puffs to little avail as "King" Howland, a rich land baron with Senatorial aspirations and the heart of a bigot when it comes to the love life of his sister Sloane (played with confusion by a listless Yvette Mimieux) and his own secret affair with a native Hawaiian played by France Nuyen. Sloane's romantic proclivities seem too disaffected to generate this type of racially-based apoplexy since as soon as her fiancee is dispatched, she happily jumps into bed with his brother, and then drifts from him as well. This all unfolds while "King" spouts endless proclomations denying his responsibility for his pregnant girlfriend while simultaneously advancing intimate overtures toward Sloane; which begs the undeveloped question as to whether "King"'s feelings are racially motivated or an extension of incestuous longings? It's all rather sleazy (and remarkably uninteresting) as the film is buried with a shallow script and distant direction by the far more talented Guy Green. In the end, the only question of interest is which is the more perfectly chisled geological formation: Charlton Heston's profile or Diamond Head itself? The DVD, however, looks and sounds splendid.