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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
  • Language: Castilian
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: 23 Oct. 1995
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CNEV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,748 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ex-con Gabriel Caine (James Wood) heads for Diggstown, a place where unofficial boxing matches are held for big prize money. Caine finds himself a contender (Louis Gossett Jnr) and bets the crooked boss of Diggstown that his man can beat ten fighters in 24 hours. Expect twists on a scale of 'The Sting' and 'Maverick'.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Demetri P. on 23 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
Anyone who hasn't seen this film is seriously missing out. James Woods plays the consumate conman who sets up a boxing sting involving Louis Gosset Jr as the boxer, and Oliver Platt as their accomplice. Bruce Dern plays the redneck baddie perfectly. Heather Graham also offers token support.
This film oozes coolness, a great script, and breathtaking boxing sequences. This knocks the spots off 99% of films coming out at the moment and the fact that it has taken 12 years to come out on DVD is a disgrace! However, the good news is that now everyone can enjoy what is essentially a boys film, but truly one of the great underrated films of all time. Watch out for the killer ending....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dermot Mangan on 14 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
this by far one of the best films ever made about a con artist. woods was brilliant as a con man just out of jail who uses a towns history to take on its big shot. With a classic twist at the end this is a vey enjoyable film
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. R. Ryan on 16 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
To call this 'The Sting' of our generation (age 26) would not be an exaggeration.
Midnight Sting (aka Diggstown) is a fast-paced barrage of hustle, con and outsmart from start to finish!
James Woods is on, as always, fantastic form. Playing a role that seems very close to home for the poker playing king of cool.
A great supporting cast help make this film one of the best box office under performers ever.
The plot doesn't need explaining the film should be watched with no prior knowledge of whose who! Can you guess the final twist before it happens! I doubt it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gigoer on 12 July 2011
Format: DVD
How this film remains in relative obscurity is completely beyond me. This is one of the most entertaining flicks you've never seen.

James Woods stars as con-man Gabriel Cain just released from prison and sets out to scam a boxing-obsessd redneck town called Diggstown. He does so by setting up a bet with the local Kingpin that his old boxing partner can beat any 10 of Diggstown's fighters in 1 day. And from there, the stakes go completely out of control, building up to a brilliantly scripted ending.

Louis Gossett Jr is astonishingly good as the ageing boxer and Oliver Platt provides strong support as their less-than-subtle accomplice. Heather Graham is always worth a look (if you know what I mean) and Bruce Dern plays the part of an evil redneck to absolute perfection.

Realists will moan that no boxer can take 10 men in one day, but this isn't about realism - this is about an absorbing plot with twists & turns galore. While not wanting to give too much away, some of these are hilarious - check out the 4th fight - and others are downright sinister - the aftermath of the 5th fight - not to mention Cain's little 'reminder' at the mid-tournament break and a tragic subplot of a brain-damaged former boxer whose fate was decided by sickening corruption.

Yet the script balances the humour & the sinister brilliantly, with sharp dialogue delivered with aplomb from Dern & Woods and there's no let-ups from any of the supporting cast. And I promise you, the ending of this movie is worth the admission price alone!

All in all, an excellent film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
Diggstown (also known as Midnight Sting) is directed by Michael Ritchie and stars James Woods, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Bruce Dern. It also features 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 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 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 too, with the Woods and Gossett play off one of the most engaging duets of the 1990s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Waddington on 9 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
A very quick addition to the comments below which have just about said it all. This is a fantastic film if you like, boxing, hustling, gamesmanship, action-comedies. This is a fantastic film if you hate boxing, hustling, gamesmanship, action-comedies. As is said before I challenge anyone to guess the final twist before its revealed. The final twist that is, not the twist you think you see coming at the end, oh no, I mean the twist after that.

The only grumble I have about this film is that one of the opponents for Honey Ray to face is SOOOO huge, that you really can't see him ever losing. On the upside the sight of Heather Grahams legs more than make up for this.
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