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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wolf Forrester
Robby Gillon
Duane Davis ...
Hambone Busby
David Fresco ...
Willie Green ...
Victor Corsini
Sheriff Stennis
John Short ...
Corny 'Buster' Robbins
Frank Mangrum
Sam Lester


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 <>

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Where the pros meet the cons.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Midnight Sting  »

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)


$4,836,637 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roy Palmer's wife is played by Louis Gossett Jr.'s real-life wife at the time, Cyndi James Gossett. See more »


After a few of the boxing matches, Corsini's henchman attacks Caine and hangs him from a tree, dirtying Caine's suit. Caine changes into a new suit, but his suit changes back and forth repeatedly during the subsequent boxing scenes. See more »


[Honey Roy stops Gillon from hitting his son after the 10 fights]
Honey Roy Palmer: [to Hambone] Hey, brother. My hands hurt. You wanna do this?
[Hambone knocks Gillon to the ground hard]
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References Roots (1977) See more »


Mountain Music
Written by Randy Owen
Performed by Alabama
Courtesy of RCA Records Label of BMG Music
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One of the best con movies you will ever see.
21 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

this is a superb movie that really should have been seen by many many more people than it clearly has been. The best James Woods performance I have seen , superb support from Oliver Platt, Bruce Dern and - well, everyone in it. The script is tight, sharp, incredibly clever and very very funny. I'm not a fan of boxing movies, don't let it put you off. yes, the sting ultimately revolves around a fight, well, ten fights, to be precise, against just one man - but really it's a hugely satisfying con movie that ultimately becomes about vengeance, paying for your actions and finding the morality amongst the money. It's brilliant. Buy it/get it from a video shop that has old movies, steal it, whatever it takes.

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