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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.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment

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Cast

James Woods
as Gabriel Caine
Louis Gossett Jr
as Honey Roy 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' Robbins
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
Raymond D. Turner
as Slim Busby
Wilhelm von Homburg
as Charles Macum Diggs
George D. Wallace
as Bob Ferris
John Walter Davis
as Chet Willis
Alex Garcia
as Minoso Torres
Cindi Gossett
as Mary Palmer
Cyndi James Gossett
as Mary Palmer
Kenneth White
as Ben Culver
Benny Urquidez
as Referee
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
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Critic Reviews for Diggstown

All Critics (13)

Gossett reminds us why he's an Academy Award WInner - great flick!

February 3, 2009
Brag Magazine

More people should be fans of this movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Diggstown

Bruce Dern might actually be the best sleazebag boxing manager in any movie I've ever seen. I realize that that might not be a very long list, for me, since it's not like I watch boxing movies up the ass every day of my life. And it's also not like every one of these films has a sleazebag boxing promoter/manager. But the point still stands, Bruce Dern is absolutely excellent here. What I liked about the character is that he isn't played for comedy at all. He has a couple of funny lines and everything, but he is a man that will do just about anything to get his way. And I do mean anything as the movie does go to some surprisingly dark places when Dern's character feels that someone has disobeyed his orders or just knows too much about the illegal activities he's been up to that allowed him to take over most of the town. I wouldn't call this movie hilarious, by any means, and the laughs that were there were more like chuckles instead of belly laughs. That's fine, since the movie still works thanks to its villain and it's great to see him get his comeuppance after all the shit he's pulled on the people of Diggstown. There's some really heavy-handed moments, right out of sports cliches, that kinda hold the movie back. Like when Roy is getting beat up by Hagan and, in between rounds, Gabriel is telling Roy that he's gonna throw in the towel. It's done in the most over-the-top and hammy manner, with James Woods doing his best overacting. I'm not sure if it was done as a subversive parody of boxing film cliches, but it was a little laughable to me. And the film does take a while before it truly gets going. It's about 30 or so minutes before Roy even comes into the equation, so it was a little rough at first. It does get better, trust me, as you get to know more information about this town and how Gillon has fucked the town over by forcing them into debt and then foreclosing on their houses. It's certainly a movie that has more going on under the hood than you would normally expect. Not necessarily saying this is the most thoughtful and complex movie of all time, but it certainly stretches beyond the normal genre tropes. While the film did end at its high point, seeing Gillon get what's coming to him was immensely satisfying, I can only say that this movie is good. It was almost close to very good, with the way it was going, but the rough start and some silliness kept it from reaching that next level. But at the same time the film is really perfectly paced in some strange way. It didn't need to be any longer than it was. It was just the right amount of time that was needed to tell this story in an effective manner. I definitely recommend this as I think it's a considerably better movie than the rating would imply.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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
Timothy Sanders
½

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

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Fascade Fiveoneeight

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