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Diggstown (1992)

R | | Drama, Sport | 14 August 1992 (USA)
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 ten Diggstown men, in a boxing ring, within twenty-four hours. "Honey" Roy Palmer is that man, although at forty-eight, many say he is too old. A subplot was thrown in about Charles Macum Diggs, the heavyweight champion that gave the town its name, and who is now confined to a wheelchair. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Where the pros meet the cons.

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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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14 August 1992 (USA)  »

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Midnight Sting  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,504,099, 14 August 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,836,637
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This is Michael Ritchie's fifth sports movie, and his first boxing film which includes his directorial debut, Downhill Racer (1969), The Bad News Bears (1976), Semi-Tough (1977), and The Scout (1994), would be directed by Ritchie starring Albert Brooks, two years after this film was released. See more »

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Fitz and the guys are playing 5 card stud poker but Corny's cards are in his hands like they're playing draw poker, when all the cards should be on the table. See more »

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[Gillon just lost]
John Gillon: [to a man in his way] Do you mind? I just lost this whole piece-of-shit town!
[someone takes his picture]
John Gillon: Now there's a picture worth about a WORD!
[grabs camera and throws it to the ground]
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Jesus My Jesus
Written by Carol Cymbala
Performed by The New Testament Baptist Church Choir #2 of North Highlands, CA
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Excellent con/boxing flick
11 June 2002 | by 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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