Release date7 March 1951 (London) (UK) CastJack Hawkins (Pieter Brandt), Peter Hammond (Hendrik van Thaal), Dennis Price (Clive Hunter), Grégoire Aslan (Dominic), Charles Paton (Barman), Siobhán McKenna (Anne Hunter) Similar moviesGuardians of the Galaxy, The Jewel of the Nile, Some Girls Do, Mountains of the Moon, The Last Supper, When I Grow Up
The Adventurers is a 1951 British adventure film directed by David MacDonald and starring Jack Hawkins, Peter Hammond and Dennis Price. In the wake of the Boer War several men journey into the South African veldt in search of diamonds.
The film was based on an original story by the novelist and screenwriter Robert Westerby, one of several he wrote for the independent production company Mayflower Pictures. It was made at Pinewood Studios, with some location filming in South Africa. Production was completed in 1950, but the film wasn't released until the following March by General Film Distributors.
As the Boer War finalises a South African soldier hides a cache of diamonds he finds on a body. He returns to the town he left three years earlier where his girl has married a disgraced English officer. Needing funds to get back to pick up the diamonds the Boer enlists the help of a fellow soldier as well as the Englishman and a local hotel keeper.
Jack Hawkins as Pieter Brandt
Peter Hammond as Hendrik van Thaal
Dennis Price as Clive Hunter
Grégoire Aslan as Dominic
Charles Paton as Barman
Siobhan McKenna as Anne Hunter
Bernard Lee as O'Connell
Ronald Adam as Van Thaal
Martin Boddey as Chief Engineer
Philip Ray as Man in Restaurant
Walter Horsbrugh as Man in Restaurant
Cyril Chamberlain as Waiter
The film was originally known as The South Africa Story. It had its world premiere aboard the Queen Mary liner. The film was cut by 12 minutes for its U.S. release, and was twice retitled, as Fortune in Diamonds and The Great Adventure.
Allmovie noted "an African variation of Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Adventurers is buoyed by an unusually vicious performance by Jack Hawkins" ; while the Radio Times wrote, "this could have been quite stirring if it hadn't been morbidly under-directed at a snail's pace by David MacDonald" ; and TV Guide found that, despite its borrowings from Sierra Madre and from von Stroheim's Greed, "it is nevertheless an often-gripping film."