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Diggstown (1992)




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In this light-hearted sports comedy, an ex-convict is no sooner back on the streets than he is working on a brand new scam. This time he decides to hustle a professional Georgia gambler by setting up a sting involving a talented but aging boxer.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steven McKay
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment

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James Woods
as Gabriel Caine
Louis Gossett Jr
as Honey Ray Palmer
Bruce Dern
as John Gillon
Thomas Wilson Brown
as Robby Gillon
Duane Davis
as Hambone Busby
Willie Green
as Hammerhead Hagan
Orestes Matacena
as Victor Corsini
Kim Robillard
as Sheriff Stennis
John Short
as Corny `Buster' Robbi...
Michael McGrady
as Frank Mangrum
Roger Hewlett
as Sam Lester
Rocky Pepeli
as Buck Holland
Jeff Benson
as Tank Miller
Jim Caviezel
as Billy Hargrove
Frank Collison
as Prison Guard
Marshall Bell
as Warden Bates
Wilhelm von Homburg
as Charles Macum Diggs
John Walter Davis
as Chet Willis
Alex García
as Minoso Torres
Cindi Gossett
as Mary Palmer
Kenneth White
as Ben Culver
Troy A. Smith
as Betting Guard
Larry Ham
as Betting Guard
José Alcala
as Boxing Kid
Victor Koliacos
as Boxing Kid
Nelly Bly
as Emily's Friend
George Wallace
as Bob Ferris
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Critic Reviews for Diggstown

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Full Review… | March 11, 2011
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Diggstown

Awesome Piece

Wahida K

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...It is a certified classic comedy...thanks for the memories...

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

With an unusual, forgettable title and no A-list stars, "Diggstown" came and went with little fanfare during a summer filled with high profile films. It deserves a wider audience, as it's an underrated film with a couple of terrific performances and a winning story that builds to a truly cheer-worthy finale.

It was directed by Michael Ritchie, a great comedic filmmaker who specializes in sports comedies, and because of that, the boxing scenes are quite thrilling. I've long been a sucker for con pictures, and this is one of the better ones in recent memory. Star James Woods is at his snarky best here, a good guy with none of the usual good guy trappings, and it's a great swan song for veteran Lou Gossett, Jr. in one of his last big starring roles.

But a film like this doesn't work without a great villain, and it really is Bruce Dern that makes this all work so well. With those big teeth and shark-like grin, he truly is a bad guy you love to hate. He has some truly evil moments here that make the payoff even more satisfying, but the screenplay by Steven McKay always manages to keep things light and lively. It also provides a few surprises along the way and that terrific ending that you won't see coming, but there are a few subplots it could stand to lose. Heather Graham looks great, but she serves little purpose and is simply forgotten about after a while.

"Diggstown" is a crowd pleaser looking for a crowd. Those who stick it out and likely to greatly enjoy it.

Timothy Sanders

Diggstown Quotes

Gabriel Caine: He's bigger than you are. He's tougher. He's faster. He's younger thant you are. He hasn't fought 22 rounds today, but remember this... you are BLACK!
– Submitted by Darryl J (4 years ago)

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