Other Titles • Diamond Men • The Altoona Riding Club (2000)
Synopses for Diamond Men (2000)
Trust No One. Watch Your Back. Guard Your Jewels.
A proud but aging jewelry salesman (Robert Forster) is forced to train his own replacement (Donnie Wahlberg), a brash kid whose every move rubs him the wrong way. But in no time at all, the tables are turned as a student talks the teacher into curing his loneliness at a smalltown massage parlor. Unfortunately, the traveling duo soon find out that gems, gals and guns make a dangerous combination.
Eddie (Robert Forster) is an aging traveling diamond salesman from the old school of salesmen who developed longstanding relationships with their clients and prided themselves in their knowledge of the trade. He is faced with a demotion when the new management of his company deems him too high a risk for carrying their expensive cache of diamonds. His last assignment is to train a rookie salesman, Bobby (Donnie Wahlberg), whose only job experience is in servicing vending machines and whose cocky sales tactics promise to alienate Eddie's hard-won clientele. Needless to say, the relationship between the two men gets off to a less than amiable start. Eventually, though, the two find that each has something valuable to offer the other.
DIAMOND MEN represents an impressive contribution to Daniel Cohen's early directing efforts. The film's quirky plotline and sincere, understated character portrayals are a winning combination. The unlikely match of Wahlberg and Forster creates a wonderfully funny tension that eventually blossoms into endearing friendship.
About the Actor When pundits say that just being nominated for an Academy Award® is tantamount to winning, they must have had actor Robert Forster in mind. His role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown was a landmark performance and helped revive a career, which Forster has described as having "a five year upwards first act and a 25 year sliding second act." His performance garnered universally great critical acclaim, but even more importantly, he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. It has turned around a career that started over 30 years ago and put him suddenly in great demand.
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