Movies From the Hat V #33 – David’s Pick – Diggstown (1992)


This is my 2982nd Review

Thanks to David of That Moment In… for this recommendation.

 

“Is that ten grand or are you just happy to see me? ” – Caine

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater in ’92 and 23 Mar 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A conman recently released from prison sets up a boxing match here he bets that his champion can beat ten men in one day.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing years ago in the theater and didn’t remember anything about it besides the fact that it involved boxing and starred Louis Gosset Jr. and James Woods.

I was excited to watch it again when David suggested it because I didn’t remember it being terrible and hoped it would be enjoyable.

Besides Woods and Gosset Jr., this film also stars Oliver Platt and Bruce Dern.

All four of them are fine here, but each of their characters is played a bit too over-the-top which detracts from the impact of a storyline like this.

Each of the ten boxing matches are truly unique but it actually gets a bit tiresome to watch fight after fight after fight.

Had hoped that this would be much more fun than it was…

Bottom Line – Interesting idea for a film that just doesn’t work as well as one would hope.  Woods, Gosset Jr., Platt and Dern are all ok, but they play their roles too over-the top and that detracts from the impact that this film makes.  Despite the fact that each of the ten fights are uniquely fought, it still gets a bit tiresome to watch so many boxing matches one after the other.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Heather Graham and James Woods briefly dated during the making of the film, despite Woods being almost twice her age.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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