- 1 hr 38 min
Gabriel Caine (played by James Woods) is a conman just released from prison. While serving time for moving forged artwork, he meets up with a convict who tells him about a small town in Georgia called Diggstown, and about the super wealthy and crooked John Gillon (Bruce Dern). Gillon managed to take over the town and its boxing business by fixing a match against the local boxing hero, leaving him permanently injured and ending his boxing career. Never one to scoff at a challenge, Caine sets out with his partner Fitz (Oliver Platt) to con the corrupt Gillon. What starts out as a few small cons playing poker turns quickly into the ultimate dare. Cain bets Gillon that he has a man that can beat any ten of Gillon's boxers in the ring in one day. Gillon eagerly accepts the bet. Now, Caine has to convince his man, former prizefighter "Honey" Roy Palmer (played by Louis Gossett Jr.) who has burned by Caine in the past to go along. At 48, Palmer is over the hill in the boxing world, and is weary of accepting the challenge yet he teams up with Caine and thus the battle begins. The true shadiness of Gillon's character is revealed while each team is strategizing their plan of action. Gillon is bullying and bribing boxers and eventually the battle gets heavy enough that Gillon has waged the entire town on the match. With so much at stake, there is no way out and Gillon is willing to bend every rule, and break every law in order to win. Whoever comes out on top will have it all, and the loser may just pay with his life. Director Michael Richie (Fletch, Golden Child, Wildcats) is all suspense and action from the beginning to the end of this film. With a strong cast, terrific performances and brutal fight scenes this is a movie you won't soon forget.