Dynamit in Grüner Seide
Death and Diamonds
Dinamite in Seta Verde / Dynamite in Green Silk / Il Più Grande Colpo della Malavita
West Germany/Italy 1968
Heinz Willeg for Allianz Filmproduktion, Cinematografica Associati, Triglav Film, Constantin Film
directed by Harald Reinl
starring George Nader, Carl Möhner, Silvia Solar, Heinz Weiss, Claus Holm, Günther Schramm, Marlies Dräger, Karlheinz Fiege, Dieter Eppler, Käthe Haack, Horst Niendorf, Rainer Basedow, Claus Tinney, Hans Waldherr, Albert Bessler, Günter Mack, Udo Kämper, Maria von Holten, Rolf Eden, Giorgio Benito Bogino, Pietro Ceccarelli, Andrzej Zaorski, Claudio de Renzi, Ernest Lenart, Alexander Engel, Charles Wakefield
screenplay by Rolf Schulz, Christa Stern, based on characters from the magazine series G-Man Jerry Cotton published by Bastei, music by Peter Thomas
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Apparently, the mysterious criminal mastermind Stone - whose identity
is unknown - has hired top British alarm system specialist Rick Trevor
(Claus Tinney) for his next job - nut the FBI has learned about this, has
intercepted Rick Trevor's arrival to Los Angeles and has sent top agent
Jerry Cotton (George Nader) to work with Stone's gang undercover in
Trevor's stead ... but Cotton soon goes head to head with Stone's sub-boss
Bloom (Carl Möhner), especially after Bloom's moll Lana (Silvia Solar)
has fallen in love with Cotton.
But Cotton soon learns one or two things
about the next coup, like the fact that toxic gasses and a certain machine
called The Absorber - a kind of vacuum cleaner, actually - play a
part in it, and that a certain art collector called Stanton (Karlheinz
Fiege) and a shady lawyer called Tackley (Günther Schramm) are somehow
involved - but he is also shadowed by a brunette, Mabel (Marlies Dräger),
who doesn't yet fit into the story.
Finally, the big heist: Obviously,
an African nation has brought a fortune in diamonds to LA as security for
a loan, and while the diamonds are being assessed in a high security room,
Bloom and company including Cotton are gassing the assessors then let the
absorber pick up the diamonds. The plan works until Cotton presses the
alarm to save the assessors from being gassed to death, and soon enough, a
three-way fight erupts between Cotton, Bloom's men and Tackley - with
Cotton being able to get away with the diamonds while Bloom and company
are blown up courtesy of Stone. Soon enough though, Cotton runs into a
trap set up by Tackley and Mabel, who have taken Lana hostage and now try
to get the diamonds back from him - but instead, Cotton manages to drop
Tackley at the next police station, free Lana, and use Mabel as bait for
Stone - who to noone's real surprise only now turns out to be Stanton,
with Mabel being his sister.
Mabel and Stanton make a desperate escape
attempt by boyt, with Cotton close behind, and in the fight that ensues,
Mabel accidently shoots her brother, then gives herself up.
plot of this film is of course extremely far fetched and - in all of the
movie's simplicity - a tad over-complicated - yet apart from that, Death
and Diamonds is a rather compact crime/action movie ... and
unfortunately, it's just that, it's competently directed but lacks any
inventiveness Reinl often puts into his films, it's a bit cheesy but lacks
the camp aspects of earlier entries into the Jerry Cotton
series, and it virtually lack anything to remember it by. This all doesn't
make Death and Diamonds a bad film of course, just a tad too
unremarkable and average to be worth the time and money.