Rudd drama worth digging for


on April 27, 2007 by Shlomo Schwartzberg

It's 1976, and, despite the impending Presidential election, the residents of the Hamptons, Long Island, have other things on their mind. Their independent livelihood as clam diggers is threatened by the South Shell Corporation, which has legally restricted their available fishing grounds. Then the death of a veteran digger sends them reeling further, in particular affecting his son, Hunt (Paul Rudd), who hankers to leave town to pursue his photographic interests but doesn't want to abandon his sister Gina (Maura Tierney of TV's ER ), a waitress who is still recuperating from the sudden and bitter breakup of her marriage. Though traversing familiar ground—the artistic outsider who doesn't fit in, the disappearing traditional small town way of life— Diggers , well shot on digital video, nevertheless feels fresh. It's a modest but savvy, memorable look at a barely post- '60s, now apolitical, cynical generation and the strong, emotional ties that bind them together. Distributor: Magnolia
Cast: Paul Rudd, Lauren Ambrose, Maura Tierney and Ron Eldard
Director: Katherine Dieckmann
Screenwriter: Ken Marino
Producers: Jason Kliot, Joana Vincente, Anne Chaisson and Ken Marino
Genre: Drama
Rating: R for language, drug use and some sexual content
Running time: 87 min.
Release date: April 27, 2007
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