Not expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised by this Charlton Heston flick. Especially since the actor is far from being my favorite among Hollywood’s top leading men. Yes, I admit, his well-publicized right wing antics mostly have something to do with it. BUT because the man has now passed on, and I know how to spot a good/bad film when I see one, I’m more than willing to overlook anything regarding Heston’s dubious politics. So, as I was saying, DIAMOND HEAD is an enjoyable romp. It’s one of those huge films based on a big best-seller of the time, in this case by one Peter Gilman. Set on a pineapple plantation in Hawaii, the film begins with widower/landowner Heston having the hardest time accepting his kid sister Yvette Mimieux’s involvement with a native Hawaiian, played by cutie James Darren. So much so that when wedding bells are to chime for the couple he "accidentally" knifes her fiancé to death. Well, that’s what the script wants us to believe, since the poor sod gets caught in the middle of a switchblade fight during an engagement luau. But since this isn’t a prison flick, though the pervert in me sort of wishes that it was just to see the lead suffer greatly at the hands of a big guy named Buba, Heston gets off scot-free.