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Plot: 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... Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 14 Aug 1992
One of the best con movies you will ever see. (by pippahinchley-1)
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 <more>
morality amongst the money. It's brilliant. Buy it/get it from a video shop that has old movies, steal it, whatever it takes.
Do you know the difference between a hustler and a good con-man? (by Spikeopath)
Diggstown also known as Midnight Sting is directed by Michael Ritchie and stars James Woods, Louis Gossett Junior, Bruce Dern, Heather Graham, Oliver Platt, a pre-fame James Caviezel and Randall "Tex" Cobb. The plot sees Woods as con-man Gabriel Caine, recently out of prison he and his cohort Fitz Platt , set up a boxing "sting" in Diggstown, a hickville place out in Olivair County that is run by egomaniac John Gillon Dern . The set-up entails Caine's old friend Honey Roy Palmer Gossett Jr having to fight, and beat, 10 Diggstown men in one day. As the money goes <more>
down and secrets come out, corruption and violence is never far away.Midnight Sting was one of those film's that came to my attention in the early hours of one morning. I couldn't sleep and turned the TV on out of pure frustration at a lack of sleep. What I didn't know at that time of irksome sleepy annoyance was that I would fall in love with a movie, a love that lasts to this very day. The TV announcer said the name of the movie and that it stars James Woods. Since Woods is always value for money I thought I would give it a go, for the next 98 minutes I laughed out loud, I cringed at some sad moments and I punched the air on more than one occasion. It quickly became one of my favourite movies of all time. On the surface it looks a very simple tale, but it has so much more to offer outside of the excellent fight sequences and some belting one liners.Based on Leonard Wise's novel "The Diggstown Ringers", the film deals in loyalties, friendships, greed, power, corruption and lies - not to mention small town mentality being under the microscope. It's impeccably acted as well, with the Woods and Gossett play off one of the most engaging duets of the 1990s. The twists within, and there are some corkers, really crown what was already a smart and witty script. It was a film that went largely unnoticed upon its release, and even now in this age of rampant internet usage it appears to still be under seen or sadly forgotten. It of course will not become a personal favourite of all newcomers to it, but just maybe one day if you can't sleep or you are stuck for a rental then you should give it a chance. Because it deserves a chance to at least try to welcome you into its fan club.I love it, you know that by now, and there's a chance that you will too. Punch the air brilliant. 10/10
I find Diggstown to be one of the best movies of all time. My only regret is that I don't have amnesia so that I can go back and experience the ending for the first time again.I love the background music. Storyline and plot are wonderful. I can watch this movie over and over again. There are at least 50 great quotes that I use on a daily basis. Acting is good throughout. Some of the best acting is by the extras in the background of the bar scenes.James Wood is terrific, maybe his best role ever. Lou Jr. is very believable as an aging fighter. Bruce Dern plays a scumbag to a tee. Tex <more>
Cobb's best role also. Platt is terrific as he always is . Only disappointments were Heather Graham - She gave a lackluster performance, and Hammerhead - he was way too young, should have been more aged.
Shamefully overlooked. Woods has never been better. (by TOMASBBloodhound)
At least it has recently appeared on ESPN Classic so it would seem that a cult following may be building for this terrific film. I don't think this one lasted three weeks in the theaters around here, but the first time I saw it on cable, I was hooked. Diggstown is not only a hilarious film, but it's also one of the best "sports" movies I've ever seen.Our story has a small group of con men led by James Woods who are trying to outwit a corrupt small town kingpin. They bet that "Honey" Roy Palmer Louis Gossett Jr. can knock out ten of the town's best boxers <more>
in a 24 hour period. Palmer is an outstanding, yet aging talent who "never got his shot". His skills, and the help of some local insiders make Woods and Co think they have a real shot at robbing the town blind. The funny thing is how Bruce Dern, who plays the local kingpin, reacts. He is no fool. He knows that Palmer will be tough to beat, and that Woods is trying to con him. But he has too much pride to pass on the wager. He also thinks the boxing talent in town is certainly good enough to beat a forty-eight year old fighter no matter how good he used to be. You'd think the locals would have the upper hand, but Woods and his people have all kinds of tricks up their sleeve both leading up to and during the matches. Once the wager is agreed to, the film never lets you up for air.Diggstown is a very funny movie. James Woods could sit down and read the newspaper aloud and it would be entertaining, but here he has a great script to work with. Plenty of one-liners and intelligent dialog are used by everyone. The fight scenes are a considerable cut above any Rocky film ever made. It really looks like people are getting the crap beat out of each other in the ring. The motley crew of locals that Palmer has to fight are a hoot. One of them is even played by The Passion of the Christ's very own Jim Caviezel. He actually makes the mistake of calling Palmer the N-word in the ring. Yikes! There are numerous twists as the conclusion draws near. It becomes a question not of which side has the most endurance, rather which side has the biggest surprises in place to trip up the other. The final twist in one you will absolutely NOT see coming. For great comedy, spectacular fight scenes, and a surprise ending, check out Diggstown. It's a shame more people don't know about this film! 9 of 10 stars.The Hound.
I missed it, before it came out (by johnbgardner75)
Please excuse the rating, I'm actually watching it for the first time as I type.The reason for the posting is the unusual circumstances regarding how I learned of this movie - It was at least a year and perhaps several before it was released in 1992.I was in Dallas, TX at the Northpark Mall West 1 & 2, and for the life of me, I thought it was the opening of "Batman" I remember seeing. The reason this is odd is that I had heard "Diggstown" was held back quite a while between shooting and release, but batman was released in 1989 and Diggstown was released in 1992. <more>
Was it held back 3 years? In any case, while wrapped around the theater waiting for our movie, a production representative appeared and offered us the opportunity to be in a pre-release group for the movie Diggstown. We declined fools ! It is just a bit of minuscule trivia that it apparently took years for the movie to be released and some 15+ years later I am finally watching it for the first time. Irrelevant, but I think, interesting for a movie that has been underrated from before its beginning.Damage
I teach film appreciation, and this is one film that I show almost every semester when I talk about scriptwriting. The only time I don't is when I get tired of seeing it two - three times/year. But, ironically, those times are few and far between, I rarely tire of it.It's a great example of foreshadowing and exposition, the acting is great and it has a great cast. Oliver Platt, James Woods, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Bruce Dern. It's very nicely directed and is structurally amazing. I wouldn't call it a comedy, there are some very serious parts in it, but everything lent itself <more>
to the story well. It's just an all around good film. Very underrated and little heard of, it's definitely one for the rental list.
A fine Movie, that probably had a poor advertising campaign (by mjw2305)
One night, years ago now, I stumbled across this movie on Sky known as Midnight Sting in the UK With a fine cast including James Woods, Bruce Dern, Heather Graham and Oliver Platt, I had stumbled onto a really good movie.James Woods is a con man who with the help of his partner Oliver Platt sets up a fight between his age old friend Honey Roy Palmer, an ageing but very accomplished boxer and any 10 Diggstown men a small out of the way boxing loving town, controlled by Bruce Dern The con is on, Woods and Dern set the wheels in motion on this exhibition of boxing, and as the stakes get <more>
higher you will find yourself engaged by the tension of the event. Who is hustling who? And why? I am amazed at how few people seem to have seen this movie. So if you fancy a film, with a some good laughs, a clever story, a fine cast and a cracking ending. Then give it a try, yes there are better films, but there are far more that are worse.8/10 Go and rent yourself a copy
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 <more>
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.
A really nice guy movie. Some language, very few sexual overtones, great boxing sequences. Great guy movie to watch with a younger audience or with a girlfriend. OR just a great movie for a lady into boxing! Louis Gossett Jr. is great. He portrays his character of an aging boxing ringer very well. He was in pretty good shape and whoever was fight choreographer probably Benny "the jet" Urquidez did a really nice job of showing some intricacies of old school "dirty boxing".James Wood and Oliver Platt are hilarious as a pair of con men.Bruce Dern is, as always, a villain <more>
you love to hate.it has a serious tone, but with the occasional joke to keep this film from becoming tense.i'd recommend it to anyone that likes a good fight movie. its not high theater, but it sure is entertaining.