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A funny, heartfelt story of 2 generations of hard-living clam diggers trying to maintain their way of life in the face of enormous change. A death in the family causes Hunt (Paul Rudd) and his sister Gina (Maura Tierney) to examine the bonds of family, fr

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If Diner had taken place in clam country, it might have looked like Diggers. The Bicentennial is in effect, Jaws tops the box office, and amateur photographer Hunt (Paul Rudd) and friends carry on family tradition as clam diggers. Frankie (Ken Marino) has a wife (Sarah Paulson) and kids. Hunt, Jack (Ron Eldard), and Cons (Josh Hamilton) don't. They work hard, they party hard (Cons also serves as the local dealer). Things are about to change, though, as a corporation called South Shell threatens their Long Island livelihood by limiting the area in which they ply their trade. Then, Hunt loses his father, who was out clamming when his heart gave out. Now it's just him, his dispirited buddies, his diminishing career, and his newly divorced sister, Gina (Maura Tierney). Clearly, the time has come to make some tough decisions. Fortunately, Diggers isn't downbeat, but nor is it a comedy, despite the participation of part-time comedians, like Rudd (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Tierney (NewsRadio). There's a little humor mixed in with the drama, as in Hunt's flirtation with Manhattan visitor Zoe (Lauren Ambrose), but it's mostly a fond look back at a vanishing way of life. Directed by Katherine Dieckmann (A Good Baby) and written by Marino (MTV's The State), an actual digger's son, it's the kind of small-scale indie that could easily get overlooked, but deserves to be seen--not because it offers something startlingly original, but because it offers something heartfelt and unexpectedly moving. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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  • Actors: Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Maura Tierney, Ron Eldard, Josh Hamilton
  • Directors: Katherine Dieckmann
  • Writers: Ken Marino
  • Producers: Alan Oxman, Anne Chaisson, David Wain, Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NY0YKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Diggers" on IMDb

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This is an excellent movie with an awesome cast.
Tom Hunter
This is not a movie of alot of action,but much more of a character study and observing people and their behaviours.
KerrLines
An additional half hour or so in the running time would have gone a long way towards correcting that problem.
Roland E. Zwick

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on May 11, 2007
Format: DVD
***1/2

How refreshing it is to encounter an art house, "independent" film that doesn't rely on "quirkiness," "eclecticism" or "eccentricity" to impress the viewer with its "cleverness." Instead, "Diggers" is a realistic slice-of-life drama that plays it straight with its audience, viewing both its characters and their situations without cynicism or irony.

Set in 1976, "Diggers" focuses on four young men leading lives of quiet desperation, working as independent clam diggers on Long Island Sound. All four have pretty much accepted the fate life has handed them, although one, a talented photographer named Hunt (Paul Rudd), dreams vaguely of one day starting a new life away from his family home and business, if only he can muster enough personal courage and initiative to actually make the move. His married buddy, Lozo (Ken Marino, who also wrote the screenplay), is more firmly tied down to the area by the responsibilities he has as husband and father to an ever-expanding brood of undisciplined children. The remainder of the quartet consists of Jack (Ron Eldard), a devil-may-care womanizer, who becomes romantically involved with Hunt's thirty-six year old divorced sister, Gina (Maura Tierney); and Cons (Josh Hamilton), a perpetually stoned pseudo-hippie philosopher who, of all the characters, seems most in tune with the drug culture loopiness of the period in which the movie is set. In addition to Gina, the women in their lives include Lozo's levelheaded but eternally frustrated wife, Julie (Sarah Paulson), and Zoe (Lauren Ambrose from "Six Feet Under"), a pretty young woman from Manhattan who has a brief summertime flirtation with Hunt.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Erland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 8, 2007
Format: DVD
'Diggers' released in '06 is a tale of rural life in a oceanside community and four friends who make a meger living digging for clams. When their tenious livelihood is threatened by a large fishing company which moves into town and buys the fishing rights to a prime digging location their daily catch grows smaller and life more difficult then it already was. What begins as an outward struggle between the rights of the individual versus big business slowly shifts into an exploration of the inner, more personal thoughts, fears and hopes of the "diggers" and what lies ahead as the old way of life dies before their eyes.

'Diggers' is a good but not great film. Paul Rudd and Maura Tierney are a delight as always and the supporting cast delivers strong, believable and likeable performances, my favorite being Josh Hamilton in the role of Cons, the erudiate and philosophical druggie and digger. I also enjoyed the crisp, witty dialogue and the backwoods, outsider soundtrack. Definitely worth a watch.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Striper on June 11, 2007
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Having lived the life of the Great South Bay Clam Digger this movie was a step back in time for me. Much of the movie is based in fact although the original company always had the rights to the bay bottom (by the way the company is featured in the documentary)and did not have the impact portrayed in the movie, but it does portray the dilemma we all faced as the industry began to decline due to enviromental issues in the bay.

What I found more interesting is the personal stories portayed by the characters and how they evolved through the changes they faced. It is definitley a movie I will watch more than once.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KerrLines on April 28, 2007
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Ah....the early 1970's.We were no longer "flower children",JAWS dominated the box office (boy,do I remember standing in line for that!) and we had yet to reach "the big chill" of the 1980's "need-to-choose-a-life" era.Thus we come to DIGGERS,an intimate semi-serious,semi-comical look at Long Island clam diggers, who as a small time business, are threatened into extinction by the large corporate commercial fishermen encroaching the Long Island South Bay Shore.

Paul Rudd who seems to always pop his head up as comic relief in FRIENDS, CLUELESS and more recently THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, plays the digger,Hunt,opposite Ken Marino's Frankie ( Marino actually wrote this little quirky gem) in this period piece which observes these characters in a two week period in 1976.Hunt loses his father to a heart attack and what transpires with the aid of other characters (especially the always surprising Maura Tierney) is a coming of age-type story for Hunt as he faces his own choices before him.

The film is definitely an Indie and plays as such.This is not a movie of alot of action,but much more of a character study and observing people and their behaviours.Generally I enjoy a good intimate character study film,but these characters in DIGGERS get a little bogged down in the dialogue and the film founders in that respect. You may not particularly care/sympathize/identify with any of them.I personally did not,but still a one time viewing is worthwhile.3 1/2***'s.DVD extra documentary BAYMEN is OUTSTANDING in understanding the life and times of the farm-fishermen.It is as good if not better than the film itself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rushmore VINE VOICE on May 18, 2007
Format: DVD
After hearing a review of this movie on Ebert & Roeper, I just felt like it was one I had to see. I would have given it 5 stars but I was put off at first and nearly switched the movie off. In the beginning the characters are not very appealing. I found myself wondering, "Why should I care about these people?" In fact, the movie does not ever grab you by the throat, but it does involve you, gently, confidently. It feels very authentic. Paul Rudd and Maura Tierney are exceptional (both give the best performances of their careers), but the entire cast is strong. This is exactly what I love about indie filmmaking. This will be a movie I will watch every once in a while, just to lose myself in a very defined time and place.
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