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Diggstown (1992)

R  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  14 August 1992 (USA)
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Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a... See full summary »

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Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a boxer that will knock out 10 Diggstown men, in a boxing ring, within 24 hours. "Honey" Roy Palmer is that man - although at 48, many say he is too old. A sub plot is thrown in about Charles Macum Diggs - the heavyweight champion that gave the town its name - and who is now confined to a wheel-chair. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Where the pros meet the cons.

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There's a deleted scene that appears only in the theatrical trailer on the DVD. Roy looks to Caine before fighting Hammmerhead Hagen and says, "He seems awful mad... did you tell him he was black?" See more »

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When Gabriel and Emily pull up to the rail crossing next to the train station, two different engines pass by three times. (The 'front' of the train passes by repeatedly.) See more »

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John Gillon: [leading prayer] Dear Lord, please give us the strength and courage to tear this man from limb to limb.
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Excellent con/boxing flick
11 June 2002 | by (Missouri) – See all my reviews

Diggstown is one of the few movies that has ever made me actually cheer out loud. If you've seen it, you know the moment at the end that I'm talking about. I've seen it a few times now, and even though I know how it ends, I still love seeing the ending over and over. It's pretty much a formula movie, but is well-done and has some very clever moments and one-liners thrown in to keep you interested. Take for example when Woods and Dern are discussing the rules for the fight. Woods opens a bottled drink in one motion only with his thumb (twisting, not prying), right before answering one of the questions posed to him. It's a great effect and lets the audience know just how smooth Gabriel Cain is.

Louis Gossett does a great job and is believable as a boxer. The fights are obviously over-choreographed, but they're still better than any of the horribly unrealistic Rocky sequences. Oliver Platt is excellent as Cain's sidekick, Fitz. Look for Heather Graham before she became a celebrity....some things never change, though....yowsa!

I definitely recommend Diggstown...it's not an award-winning or thought-provoking type of movie, but it's a lot of fun.


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