Diggers

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Overview

In the years before the Hamptons became the ultimate Long Island destination, two generations of clam diggers work the land and struggle to make sense of the changes that threaten to forever transform their simple way of life. The year is 1976, and the future Long Island vacationing hotspot is little more than a tight-knit community of hard-living folks who make their living from the sea. While the impending presidential race between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter has the entire country swept up in the wind of ...
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Overview

In the years before the Hamptons became the ultimate Long Island destination, two generations of clam diggers work the land and struggle to make sense of the changes that threaten to forever transform their simple way of life. The year is 1976, and the future Long Island vacationing hotspot is little more than a tight-knit community of hard-living folks who make their living from the sea. While the impending presidential race between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter has the entire country swept up in the wind of change, the local Hamptons clam diggers begin waging a losing battle against the wealthy developers who are gradually encroaching on their waters. Hunt Paul Rudd is a restless and imaginative digger who comes from a long line of hardworking seafarers and has a keen eye for black-and-white photography. When Hunt's father suddenly dies, Hunt and his lifelong pals Frankie Ken Marino, Jack Ron Eldard, and Cons Josh Hamilton slowly begin to take stock of their modest lives. Meanwhile, as Hunt's recently divorced older sister, Gina Maura Tierney, struggles to get by while working as a waitress at a local diner, Hunt himself enters into a playfully flirtatious relationship with vacationing Manhattanite Zoe Lauren Ambrose. Constantly questioning why Hunt refuses to venture out of his dead-end town in favor of pursuing his artistic talents in the big city, Zoe serves as a persistent reminder that one is not always necessarily bound by his or her roots.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes/outtakes with commentary; Higher Definition: Diggers episode; Documentary: "Baymen"; Commentary with director, Katherine Dieckmann and writer/actor, Ken Marino
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • UPC: 876964000833
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Colorized
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,787

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Rudd Hunt
Lauren Ambrose Zoey
Ron Eldard Jack
Josh Hamilton Cons
Sarah Paulson Julie
Ken Marino Lozo
Maura Tierney Gina
Technical Credits
Katherine Dieckmann Director
Roshelle Berliner Production Designer
Anne Chaisson Producer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Katya DeBear Art Director
Catherine George Costumes/Costume Designer
Sabine Hoffman Editor
Malcolm Jamieson Editor
Jason Kliot Producer
David Mansfield Score Composer
Ken Marino Producer, Screenwriter
Michael McDonough Cinematographer
Jeff Pullman Sound/Sound Designer
Jonathan Stern Co-producer
Cindy Tolan Casting
Joana Vicente Producer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
David Wain Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Diggers
1. Get Out Early [7:25]
2. Buried Out to Sea [7:17]
3. In His Boots [6:34]
4. Silent Flirtation [7:36]
5. Sell It and Leave [8:48]
6. Pick Up His Ashes [5:50]
7. Clams With Zoe [7:32]
8. South Shell Is Hiring [7:25]
9. Freakin' Out [7:41]
10. Be Cool [8:17]
11. Say Good-bye [11:07]
12. End Credits [4:08]
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Disc #1 -- Diggers
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      Audio
         English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
         English 2.0 (Dolby Digital)
      Subtitles
         Spanish Subtitles: On
         Spanish Subtitles: Off
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Katherine Dieckmann & Writer/Actor Ken Marino: On
      Audio Commentary With Director Katherine Dieckmann & Writer/Actor Ken Marino: Off
      Higher Definition: Diggers Episode
      Documentary on Clam Digging: "Baymen"
      Deleted Scenes & Outtakes With Commentary: On
      Deleted Scenes & Outtakes With Commentary: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Static in Ordinary Lives

    Capturing a bit of Americana, a parcel of life foreign in nature to our own, has offered the opportunity to appreciate the diversity of living and of people in this country populated by ordinary yet extraordinary beings. Films that have focused on little family ventures ('Mystic Pizza'-type films) make us examine our own niche and grow to love variations on a single theme. DIGGERS, as written by Ken Marino (who also stars), is just such a story, a window on the life of clam diggers in the shores off Long Island. Yet as directed by Katherine Dieckmann and acted by a particularly fine cast, DIGGERS addresses the changes that occur in each of us as we progress from teenagers to adults - and all the potentially crippling and thrilling factors that can and do arise. Four friends who dig for clams as their families have done for generations interact on levels of levity and anger, support and misunderstanding, and woven through the background of these four men's lives are the women (and children) who influence them. The apparently disparate men include wannabe photographer Hunt (Paul Rudd), procreator Lozo (Ken Marino), druggie philosopher Cons (Josh Hamilton), and womanizer Jack (Ron Eldard). Their lives intersect on many levels: the women in their lives - Hunt's needy divorced sister Gina (Maura Tierney) who after their father's death falls for Jack, Hunt's 'summer girlfriend' Zoey (Lauren Ambrose), and Lozo's constantly pregnant wife Julie (Sarah Paulson) - and the changes in the entire business of clamming rights as big business steps into the water. How these characters cope with the static that jars their day-to-day existence may seem small in importance to an outsider, but by the end of the film, we 'the outsiders' have grown to know and appreciate and love this little band of fellow beings. The cast displays excellent ensemble acting and while the film has its rough edges, so does the little corner of the world described. It is a quiet little film, all the more beautiful for being so unpretentious. Grady Harp

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