Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Diggstown (1992)

James Woods Film Fest Movie #3

Synopsis: Three con artists pull a scam. The two white guys drive fancy cars and throw money around town like drunken sailors while the black dude agrees to get mercilessly pummeled by ten local…hey, waitaminute!! 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “The con is on, and so are the laughs in this two-fisted comedy packed ith surprises and ‘rock’em sock’em action’ (David Sheehan, KNBC). James Woods and Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr. are a potent one-two punch as a pair of mismatched partners in for the scam of their lives.”

What Did I Learn?: A hustler has to get out of town as quick as he can, but a good con-man - he doesn't have to leave until he wants to. 

Really?: 1) Are Emily (Heather Graham) and Caine dating? This is left unclear. If they are, isn’t he WAY too old for her? 2) So, if Corsini has put up nearly all the money for this scam, does this mean he now owns the town? Are the citizen of Diggstown any better off with a sleazy Miami gangster in charge instead of Gillon (Bruce Dern)? 3) See: "Synopsis." I don't know...agreeing to fight ten tough guys sounds more like gambling than an actual con.

Rating: Woods and Gossett enjoy some fine, bickering chemistry in Diggstown, a well-written, and often-funny caper film with a clever twist ending. My only complaints are that a number of sub-plots (including the budding romance between Emily and Caine) are never developed, and Dern’s character is a little too cartoonishly evil to be believed. 8/10 stars.

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