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Katherine Dieckmann

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Plot Summary

In the years before the Hamptons became the ultimate Long Island destination, two generations of clam diggers work the land and struggle to make sense of the changes that threaten to forever transform their simple way of life. The year is 1976, and the future Long Island vacationing hotspot is little more than a tight-knit community of hard-living folks who make their living from the sea. While the impending presidential race between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter has the entire country swept up in the wind of change, the local Hamptons clam diggers begin waging a losing battle against the wealthy developers who are gradually encroaching on their waters. Hunt (Paul Rudd) is a restless and imaginative digger who comes from a long line of hardworking seafarers and has a keen eye for black-and-white photography. When Hunt's father suddenly dies, Hunt and his lifelong pals Frankie (Ken Marino), Jack (Ron Eldard), and Cons (Josh Hamilton) slowly begin to take stock of their modest lives. Meanwhile, as Hunt's recently divorced older sister, Gina (Maura Tierney), struggles to get by while working as a waitress at a local diner, Hunt himself enters into a playfully flirtatious relationship with vacationing Manhattanite Zoe (Lauren Ambrose). Constantly questioning why Hunt refuses to venture out of his dead-end town in favor of pursuing his artistic talents in the big city, Zoe serves as a persistent reminder that one is not always necessarily bound by his or her roots.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 57
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Meticulously assembled, Diggers shuttles among several major characters with an ease and grace that don't waste a moment of screen time. But it doesn't feel rushed. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Diggers has the conviction to avoid tying things up with a bow and allows us the privilege to imagine where its denizens will go afterward. – Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Fresh: The best thing in Diggers, besides the close-up of the back end of the Vista Cruiser, is the interplay between Rudd and Tierney. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: [Director] Dieckmann fails to stage scenes in a compelling manner. Diggers bumps along from trauma to trauma like a clam-digging boat on choppy waters. – Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 28, 2007

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Customer Reviews


it was a great movie. paul rudd Really is an amazing actor. I also saw him in the play he did with julia roberts, three days of rain, (which was also amazing) and i knew from then that there was more to him than wet hot american summer. he's one of my actors. this movie does not dissappoint- its sweet and sad and heartwarming and funny and really lovable.


So good. Ken Marino & Paul Rudd were so great in this movie. It wasn't funny, but it wasn't too sad either. You will like it more if you are from a small town on the East coast.

Great movie

This movie has everything comedy,drama and a very good story I highly recommend watching it Paul Rudd gives a great performance and the supporting actors are just as good

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