Film / Diamonds on Wheels

Diamonds on Wheels is a 1974 British family comedy film directed by Jerome Courtland and starring Patrick Allen, George Sewell, Derek Newark and Barry Jackson.

After a diamond heist in London, one of the criminals double-crosses the rest of the gang and steals the diamonds. He hides the diamonds in the seat of his MG TC sports car. After leaving London, he is killed in a car crash and his wrecked car ends up in the local junkyard. Three teens buy the seat to install in their own MG that they are restoring. The rest of the crooks eventually track down the wrecked car and, after deducing that the diamonds must be in the seat, go after the teens while they are competing in a 24 hour rally.

This film provides examples of:

  • Armed Blag: The film opens with a gang robbing an armoured car carrying diamonds.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: The gang is double-crossed by one of their members who steals all of the diamonds.
  • Road Sign Reversal: The gang uses this in an attempt to waylay the MG, but they are unable to reset the arrows and they end up diverting the entire race down the wrong road.
  • Stupid Crooks: Although the crooks manage to pull off a successful Armed Blag of a diamond transport, they spend the rest of the film being outwitted by a trio of teens who don't even realise they are being chased for most the movie.