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  • Actors: James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr., Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt, Heather Graham
  • Directors: Michael Ritchie
  • Writers: Steven McKay, Leonard Wise
  • Producers: Art Schaefer, Robert Schaffel, Sharon Roesler, Steven McKay, Youssef Vahabzadeh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000035P5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Diggstown" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 8-Page Booklet

Editorial Reviews

The con is on and so are the laughs in this two-fisted comedy packed with surprises and "rock 'em sock 'em action" (David Sheehan, KNBC). James Woods and Academy AwardÂ(r) winner* Louis Gossett, Jr. are a potent one-two punch as a pair of mismatched partners in for the scam of their lives in a "movie that's hard to resist" (Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune). For con artist Gabriel Caine (Woods), Diggstown is the promised land, legendary for its high-stakes boxing matches that attract high rollers from miles around. Gabe, recognizing a golden opportunity, bets the town's powerful boss (Bruce Dern) that his fighter will defeat ten opponents in 24 hours. It's far from a sure thing, though, since Gabe's fighter is "Honey" Roy Palmer (Gossett, Jr.), a cranky, over-the-hill 48-year-old who has just come out of retirement. But Roy comes out swinging, pulverizing one contender after another, leading to a final exciting bout that may decide the ownership of the town itself! *1982: Supporting Actor, An Officer and a Gentleman

Customer Reviews

One of the best movies I have ever seen.
smokee
The great cast (James Woods, Lou Gossett, Jr., Bruce Dern, Heather Graham) alone makes it worth watching.
Miglets
You say you like movies with endings you never see coming?
S. D.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. D. on April 4, 2006
Format: DVD
You say you like movies with endings you never see coming? Well this one's for you! I've never enjoyed watching the actors in this film more than I have in this movie. James Woods and Oliver Platt are funny. Louis Gossett Jr is believable as an aging fighter (REALLY!). And Bruce Dern plays a guy you have no problem hating.

It starts right out and the "con" is on. Just when you think Woods & crew have the upper hand, Dern comes back with a con of his own. Thus it goes. Back and forth, winner take all.

The story: James Woods (fresh out of prison) goes to a small town "owned" by Bruce Dern and sets up a con game betting that his 48 year old fighter (Louis Gossett Jr.) can beat any 10 guys residing in Diggstown in a 24 hour period of boxing matches. But Dern's character has more than a few tricks up his own sleeve to twist the outcome to his favor. The boxing matches are fun (and well done). The cons are surprising.

If you watch it, watch it from the beginning and don't allow yourself to be interrupted during the movie. You won't be sorry!

I love this film! It keeps getting better with age!

Check it out. The price is right, that's for sure!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "byemrb" on January 21, 2001
Format: DVD
I sometimes feel guilty admitting this is one of my favorite movies.
In a nutshell, Woods and Gossett are extrodinary. Oliver Platt is wonderful and witty. There are laughs, fun dialogue, too-cool con-men, and more can-you-top-this endings than any 3 other movies.
Yes, it's transparent. Sure, it's cheap with some of it's moves. And, truly, it's vulgar in its attempts to manipulate the audience (what happens to the first of the two brothers is obscene story-telling).
But, wow, if there is any part of you that cheered at Rocky, that pulled for Butch and Sandance, had fun getting stung by the Sting, and if you'll let yourself get swept away by the story and the actors, you'll stand up and cheer at the end.
You just might not respect yourself in the morning.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Hirschi on October 12, 2001
Format: DVD
I watch way too many movies, to the point that not much surprises me anymore. However, Diggstown not only surprised me, but I practically cheered at the ending (the second time too).
James Woods is as good as he was in True Believer, but with a surprising gift for comedy that really lightens his usual intensity. Oliver Platt wins the show even with a small part and the end... You will cheer (at least on the inside.)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chad Spivak on July 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Diggstown is one of the most satisfying movies of all time. Lou Gossett Jr. and James Woods are at their all time bests. Bruce Dern plays an excellent bad guy, and you truly wind up hating him by the end of the movie.
This movie is witty, and the boxing scenes are done incredibly well, loaded with action. Diggstown is ultimately about one person's struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds with a never-give-up attitude. This is captured quite nicely, as you can't help but cheer for Honey Roy Palmer (Gossett Jr.) to beat ten different boxers in a 24-hour period.
The film portrays the con game at its best, and keeps you guessing at who will be the supreme con-artist. It has several twists and turns that keeps you on your toes (no pun intended-okay, maybe a slight boxing pun) to the very unpredictable ending. Diggstown is truly a pleasure to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on September 13, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have loved Diggstown since I first saw it as a kid. I don't know why I waited so long to get the DVD. Sure, it's cheesey in parts, but it's overall just a great boxing movie and really fun. Is it Rocky? Of course not, but it doesn't set out to be. It balances comedy and drama very well, so the few serious/dramatic parts really hit home without taking away from how funny the rest of the movie. And the ending is great. If I saw the movie for the first time now, I might be find it obvious, but I remember being completely surprised when I first saw it, and I still love it to this day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MAXWELL STRICKMAN on September 9, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The plot is 'slightly off the wall,' however three brilliant actors: James Woods, Lou Gossett and Bruce Dern make this movie a serious, collector's treasure. I watch it once a month. When I state that I watch this dvd monthly it's exactly like an enjoyable visit with someone whom I like very much. I achieve superb entertainment I bought it from Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DeeJaye6 on June 1, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
So, this review is mostly about this DVD release, but I will say a little about the movie. The movie is a fun crime/drama/confidence-game story, and to give more away would be spoiler-ific. Great cast, wonderful music, and the synergy between the characters is delicious.

Now, about the DVD. It's letterboxed!! That is to say, it is not anamorphic widescreen. This is understandable, given how old this movie is, and since it has never been re-released since its first DVD (which is what this is). It still stinks to have black borders on all four sides of the picture when I watch it on my widescreen TV. Yes, I can zoom the picture in, but then I lose a bit of the picture. If you still have a 4:3 TV, you will have no problems with this.

The sound is Dolby Digital stereo. No surround. It's not like a movie like this needs to have surround sound; but the sound is very old-sounding. Not great through a surround speaker system. Again, if you're watching through an older TV with just its speakers, it's good.

The collectible booklet is nice, I'm sure, but the used copy I bought for $5 didn't have it (looks like I got what I paid for...). Thing is, that is the only bit of behind-the-scenes information you get with this DVD. The special feature on the disc (yes, I used the singular) is the theatrical trailer. That's it. :-( No commentary; no interviews; no HBO "Inside 'Diggstown'" feature; no gallery; no nothing.

In short, if you can wait for it, hold off on buying this movie until they re-release it. (No word on any such release as of this writing.) If you can't wait, you've been warned what to expect, and may be less disappointed than I was. You may also want to spend less than $20 or $30 on it. :-)
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