Midnight Sting [DVD]
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Der frisch aus dem Knast gekommene Kunstfälscher Gabriel Caine (James Woods) wettet mit dem reichsten Mann von Diggstown John Gillon (Bruce Dern), dass der 48 jährige Boxer Roy Palmer (Louis Gosett Jr.
Based on a tip by his cellmate, Wolf Forrester (Randall "Tex" Cobb), Caine heads for Diggstown, Georgia, a small town run by the ruthless John Gillon (Bruce Dern). Please consider expanding the lead to provide an accessible overview of all important aspects of the article. But just when all looks lost, Caine whistles at Torres, gets his attention, straightens his tie and does a thumbs-down gesture (copying a move Gillon did earlier). Diggstown is one of those films trying to straddle a genre gap, and it doesn`t do too badly at the attempt, telling a story about a hustle involving boxing, Rocky meets The Sting. As his manager, Gillon drugged Diggs during a fight so that Gillon could collect on the opponent's long odds.
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It's far from a sure thing, though, since Gabe's fighter is "Honey" Roy Palmer (Gossett), a cranky, over-the-hill 48-year-old who has just come out of retirement. They are cut short by Gillon, who notes that his son never entered the ring -– therefore, only nine fights have transpired. Filmaffinity - Movieaffinity | Filmaffinity is a movie recommendation site based on the concept of Movie Soulmates. Ex-con Gabriel Caine and partner Fitz cook up a plan to take rich Diggstown resident John Gillon for all he’s worth. From the opening scenes we get to witness how the fast talking sleek Gabriel runs hustles within the prison and from there the film entertains at every turn.The film is a little patchy, it starts off quite light hearted and played for laughs, and indeed there is an imaginative fart gag that`s worth waiting for. Roy Palmer was leaning against the ropes between each round in the first few fights; fighters don't do that, since it makes the arm muscles tense and sore. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit.
I certainly didn`t have high expectations when it came to this disc, the film definitely passed me by the first time round, but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Still, the dialogue is sharp and watching the hustle unfold is a joy, leading up to a sweet pay-off. A loan shark backs Caine's bet, with the understanding that his health and welfare will be riding on the outcome. The cons with twists and reveals are very satisfying and the boxing scenes are very well shot and add tempo bringing everything together for a very satisfying final act. Believing himself to also be a con man and smarter than most, it’s almost delightful to see him fail.
A not so well known gem of a film, which I saw at the cinema at the time, and ought to be in the collection of anyone who likes con-artist/sport/semi-comedy-semi serious type fare. 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.
Gabe, recognising a golden opportunity, bets the town`s powerful boss (Bruce Dern) that his fighter will defeat ten opponents in 24 hours. Playing the conniving scoundrel with remarkable ease, Woods delivers one of his best performances, making Caine a character who walks with the calm and authority of a true professional.Caine and Fitz wager Gillon that aging boxer Honey Ray Palmer can outbox any 10 men in a 24-hour period. Playing to Gillon`s avaricious nature, and with the aid of partner Fitz, Caine sets up a wager with Gillon, that a washed-up has-been fighter can knock out ten straight opponents in the space of 24 hours.