The Kingfisher Caper

The Kingfisher Caper

Movie poster
Directed by Dirk DeVilliers
Produced by Ben Vlok
Written by Roy Boulting
Lee Marcus
Based on the novel The Diamond Hunters by Wilbur Smith (uncredited)
Starring Hayley Mills
David McCallum
Jon Cypher
Bill McNaught
Music by John Dankworth
Cinematography Ivo Pellegrini
Edited by Kenneth Connor
Distributed by Cinema Shares International Distribution Corporation (USA)
Release dates
Running time
86 minutes
Country South Africa
Language English

The Kingfisher Caper (released as Diamond Hunters in South Africa and as Diamond Lust on video) is a 1975 South African film directed by Dirk DeVilliers for Kavalier Films Ltd. It stars Hayley Mills (as Tracey van der Byl), David McCallum (Benedict van der Byl), Jon Cypher (Johnny Lance), Volente Bertotti (Ruby Lance), Barry Trengove (Cappy) and Bill McNaught (Hendrich van der Byl).


Main cast

Supporting cast


It was remade as the 2001 miniseries The Diamond Hunters with Alyssa Milano, Roy Scheider, Sean Patrick Flanery and Michael Easton in the Mills, McNaught, Cypher and McCallum roles respectively; Jolene Blalock, Armin Rohde and Hannes Jaenicke also featured.

Production notes

Kingfisher Caper writer Roy Boulting was married to star Hayley Mills at the time of the filming. This was his final writing credit.

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