Diggers

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Released 2006

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Released:
2006
Rating:
R
Diggers is a 2006 film directed by Katherine Dieckmann that tells the story of Hunt (Paul Rudd), a hard-working clam digger in Long Island, who is fighting to preserve the family tradition amidst threats which are about to endanger his occupation. As rich real estate developers start transforming the shores into vacation resorts, Hunt and his fellow diggers struggle to earn their living by harvesting from the sea, refusing to give up their traditional lifestyle. When Hunt's father dies, the family is desperate to make ends meet and faces an uncertain future. Hunt's sister, Gina (Maura Tierney), works as a waitress in a local restaurant trying to adapt to the changes that arise as the wealthy folks from the city arrive. Witnessing as his home lands are transformed into play grounds, Hunt strikes a romantic relationship with Zoe (Lauren Ambrose), a charming young lady on vacation, who tries to convince Hunt to abandon his simple life and pursue his passion for photography.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A quintessential American independent movie, Diggers isn't going to change the history of cinema. But it has integrity. It feels like life.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Archetypal characters and somewhat formulaic plot notwithstanding, Diggers has the conviction to avoid tying things up with a bow and allows us the privilege to imagine where its d...

  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Basically "Diner" in wading boots, it feels very familiar in conceit and unadventurous in execution, but offers the undeniable pleasures of a well-observed, well-played modest seri...

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Independent