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Midnight Sting [DVD]

Midnight Sting [DVD]

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No chapter selection screen, no trailer, merely the static menu screen with the same four icons as every other recent MGM back catalogue release. He is feared by many but also respected because he is the former manager of Diggstown's pride and joy, the once-famous boxer Charles Macom Diggs, the man for whom the town is named.

Ex-con Gabriel Caine and partner Fitz cook up a plan to take rich Diggstown resident John Gillon for all he’s worth. 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. Whether from ill judged performances or miscasting is uncertain, but here he is perfectly cast as Gabriel Caine, a slick, fast talking hustler. 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. Palmer looks done for, but he gets new motivation after seeing Diggs, who is sitting courtside, move his hand slightly (which he interprets as a show of support).It is a classic con, just like in many such films that have come before, and like them all, it depends on the mark being a thoroughly detestable chap to work.

Yes he is over the top blah blah blah but he takes risk and among his many bad films there are many good ones. He plays the boxer with a sympathy and depth of soul that contrasts well with Caine, and the scenes with the two of them are excellent. Ex-con Gabriel Caine (James Wood) heads for Diggstown, a place where unofficial boxing matches are held for big prize money. Upon hearing a remark that Diggs once knocked out five fighters in one day, Fitz “drunkenly” says he knows of a fighter who could knock out any 10 in one day: Honey Roy Palmer.Gabriel Caine ( James Woods), a con man, is released from prison in Winfield, Georgia and immediately gets to work on his next scam. Also since the con involves boxing, there`s no place for finesse here, and ultimately the execution is quite fittingly brutal.

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