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Diggstown
     

Diggstown

Director: Michael Ritchie,

Cast: James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr., Bruce Dern

 

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In this comedy, a charming con man teams up with a boxer fallen on hard times in hopes of making some quick money. After doing time for selling art that turned out to be forged, Gabriel Caine (James Woods) and his partner Fitz (Oliver Platt) set their sights on a village called Diggstown; Fitz arrives first and takes several well-heeled locals in a high-stakes poker

Overview

In this comedy, a charming con man teams up with a boxer fallen on hard times in hopes of making some quick money. After doing time for selling art that turned out to be forged, Gabriel Caine (James Woods) and his partner Fitz (Oliver Platt) set their sights on a village called Diggstown; Fitz arrives first and takes several well-heeled locals in a high-stakes poker game, and then Gabriel follows to make a sporting proposition to John Gillon (Bruce Dern), the city's wealthiest citizen. Gabriel tells Gillon he has a boxer that can beat any ten opponents Gillon can line up, in the same day. Gillon takes the challenge and places a big enough wager to make matters even more interesting, but now Gabriel has to convince Honey Ray Palmer (Louis Gossett Jr.), a middle-aged former boxer who has been taken for a ride by Gabriel in the past, to go along with this scheme. In the meantime, Gabriel works out a deal with gangster Victor Corsini (Orestes Matacena) to back his bets while romancing Emily (Heather Graham), the sister of a large and ill-tempered fighter Gabriel met while behind bars.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Michael Ritchie's Diggstown is a shaggy dog of a movie. Utterly implausible and full of silliness, it still takes the viewer for a very enjoyable ride. James Woods has center stage here as a con man and he is more than up to the task. The audience can believe he would be capable of dreaming up the outrageous stunt that is the centerpiece of the film. Oliver Platt shines, as always, with his limited screentime, and the always menacing Bruce Dern is, well, menacing. Louis Gossett Jr. is the perfect age and is just physically impressive enough to make the audience buy that he might succeed in an attempt to fight ten guys in succession. The film lacks any of the thematic resonance of Ritchie's superb '70s film, but Diggstown is professionally told and certainly holds interest while its on the screen -- even if it will evaporate from the memory not long after the closing credits finish rolling.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2015
UPC:
0738329168926
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
11,469

Special Features

Making-of featurette; Trailers for Diggstown and The Couch Trip

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Gabriel Caine
Louis Gossett Honey Ray Palmer
Bruce Dern John Gillon
Oliver Platt Fitz
Heather Graham Emily Forrester
Randall "Tex" Cobb Wolf Forrester
Thomas Wilson Brown Robby Gillon
Duane Davis Hambone Busby
Willie Green Hammerhead Hagan
Orestes Matacena Victor Corsini
Richard Pagano Actor
Raymond Turner Slim Busby
David Fresco Fish
Kim Robillard Sheriff Stennis
John Short Corney "Buster" Robbins
Michael McGrady Frank Mangrum
Roger Hewlett Sam Lester
Rocky Pepeli Buck Holland
Jeff Benson Tank Miller
James Caviezel Billy Hargrove
Frank Collison Prison Guard
Marshall Bell Warden Bates
Wilhelm von Homburg Charles Macum Diggs
George D. Wallace Bob Ferris
John Walter Davis Chet Willis
Alex García Minoso Torres
Cindi Gossett Mary Palmer
Kenneth White Ben Culver
Benny Urquidez Referee
Jeremy Roberts Sonny
Michael de Lorenzo Paulo
Troy A. Smith Betting Guard
Larry Ham Betting Guard
David Candreva Coach
Jose Alcala Boxing Kid
Nelly Bly Emily's Friend
Victor Koliacos Boxing Kid
Laura Tate Marcy

Technical Credits
Michael Ritchie Director
Bobby Bass Stunts
Barbara Drake Set Decoration/Design
Wayne A. Finkelman Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Stephen Hendrickson Production Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Steven McKay Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Jim Nickerson Stunts
Michael Okowita Art Director
Kim Ornitz Musical Direction/Supervision
Art Schaeffer Producer
Robert Schaffel Producer
Youssef Vahabzadeh Producer
Don Zimmerman Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Diggstown
1. Chapter 1 [:11]
2. Chapter 2 [8:06]
3. Chapter 3 [15:38]
4. Chapter 4 [15:24]
5. Chapter 5 [13:09]
6. Chapter 6 [13:01]
7. Chapter 7 [10:42]
8. Chapter 8 [12:11]
9. Chapter 9 [9:25]

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