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Diamond's Edge (1988)

Just Ask for Diamond (original title)
When the man who left a package in his care is found murdered, detective Tim Diamond suddenly has every major gangster in the city after him. With only the package and the help of his ... See full summary »


Stephen Bayly


Anthony Horowitz (screenplay), Anthony Horowitz (based on the book "The Falcon's Malteser" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Dale Colin Dale ... Nick
Saeed Jaffrey ... Mr. Patel
Dursley McLinden Dursley McLinden ... Tim
José René Ruiz José René Ruiz ... Johnny Naples (as Rene Ruiz)
Michael Robbins ... The Fat Man
Donald Standen Donald Standen ... Lawrence
Patricia Hodge ... Betty Charlady / Brenda von Falkenberg
Jim McManus Jim McManus ... Hammett
Jimmy Nail ... Boyle
Roy Kinnear ... Jack Splendide
Bill Paterson ... Chief Inspector Snape
Forbes Collins Forbes Collins ... Henry von Falkenberg
Peter Eyre ... Gott
Nickolas Grace ... Himmell
Jonathan Linsley ... Bouncer


When the man who left a package in his care is found murdered, detective Tim Diamond suddenly has every major gangster in the city after him. With only the package and the help of his little brother, Diamond sets out to unravel the mysterious plot. Written by Anonymous

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When all seems lost... just ask for Diamond!


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Release Date:

30 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamond's Edge See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,751, 2 December 1990

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on "The Falcon's Malteser (1986)", the first in a series of humorous detective novels for young teens about private detectives The Diamond Brothers, a goodhearted but slightly dimwitted older Tim and his cunning street smart little brother Nick, who often fight gangsters and electric bills, written by Anthony Horowitz who also wrote the screenplay. See more »


The Diamond brothers are in a theater watching "Murder, My Sweet'. When they leave, the marquee reads, "Farewell, My Lovely. See more »


Features Murder, My Sweet (1944) See more »


Until It's Time for You to Go
By Buffy Sainte-Marie
(C)1965 Gypsy Boy Music
All rights reserved
Used by permission
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29 July 2006 | by cazyroseSee all my reviews

I have been a great fan of all Anthony Horowitz books and the Falcon Malteaser was the very first one i read. The afternoon after seeing 'Stormbreaker' i was in the supermarket and found this film on sale for 99p.

I brought it home fully prepared to be disappointed but instead found it to be thoroughly entertaining. Nick is absolutely adorable and streetwise. Tim is dopey without being too over the top (which would have been very easy to do).

Often with book-films the screenwriter gets bogged down with what he is 'supposed' to put in and you often feel the story is thin and stretched, more like an assembly of memorable moments - racing to get through the story. The best thing about Horowitz (and you can see this in stormbreaker too) is that he writes a film that can completely stand alone and doesn't need the novelty of having a book behind it. (something that really comes across in the Harry Potter films) He knows the book and the characters inside out and isn't afraid to break from it a little. (not too much, just at those moments that seem to jar when a writer has stayed 'too true') Anyway. The film is based around two brothers, Herbert and Nick. Their parents have moved away and Herbert is looking after his 13 year old brother alone. Herbert has renamed himself 'Tim Diamond' and is working as a private detective. I don't want to give the story away - but it is engaging and satisfyingly intricate with plenty of enjoyable characters and plot twists.

Definitely worth an hour and a half of your time - silly theme tune and all!

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