The Four Diamonds

Written by David Strege

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Directed by Peter Werner in 1995 originally a made for tv movie on the Disney Channel.

Young Christopher Millard fantasizes about being a squire of the Round Table and studies the stars. But when he has difficulty breathing it turns out to be caused by a brain tumor, his fantasies turn into a means to battle the disease. Chemotherapy eats his summer and instead of writing the standard “What I did during my summer vacation”, his teacher lets him create a fictional story, and Chris makes the characters from the people around him. As Chris battles with doctor, treatments, and the illness, Squire Millard goes on a quest against an evil sorceress to gain the four diamonds of Courage, Wisdom, Honesty, and Strength: qualities that Chris himself attains as his health fails.

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The story of Chris Millard is one that has been inspiring people for over 30 years. There is a Four Diamonds fund that was set up by Chris’s parents to help children with childhood cancer.

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The story itself was written by Chris Millard before he passed away from cancer. The four diamonds are courage, honesty, strength and wisdom, which were all things that he needed to fight his battle with cancer. It is a great story, I wish they could run the movie again so that more people could see it. It is a good way for children to understand what cancer is without having to actually realize what cancer really is. Disney should release it on some kind of format since it’s obvious it was a well sought after film what Disney needs to do is work on transferring some of their archived films onto some kind of format…

In a way the film reminded me of Sucker Punch in the fact that the main character made up imaginitive  adventure stories to disguise the reality of the things actually happening to him all in all an excellent way of dealing with reality in different ways…

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I give this film an ultimate 5 out of 5 star Ratting and hope that we see it on something someday…

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