There's two things we never joke about here in Diggstown, Mr. Caine; our boxing and our betting.
Diggstown is a 1992 boxing film starring James Woods, Louis Gosset Jr. and Bruce Dern. It plays on cable television a lot.James Woods stars as Gabriel Caine, a conman with a plan to hustle the corrupt city boss of Diggstown, John Gillon, with a daring boxing wager. Louis Gossett Jr. plays "Honey" Roy Palmer, a retired, almost-was boxer who must defeat ten opponents in 24 hours to win millions of dollars. Both sides of the bet try to out-fox the other with various schemes to rig the contest in their favor.
This film provides examples of:
Actor Allusion, Caine tries to inspire Roy by reminding him that he's black, saying, "It's a Roots kind of thing. Louis Gossett Jr. was in Roots.
Anticlimax Boss: Played intentionally as part of The Con. Palmer is barely able to stand after defeating his old nemesis in the final fight, only to learn that he must face another badass boxer, Minoso Torres. Unbeknownst to him, however, Torres and Caine have already arranged a fix, and Torres lays down after one punch.
Caine: You know, Warden, I owe you an apology. When they told me you had blanks in your clip, I didn't know they meant your gun.
When the underling of the gangster who's fronting his bet is about to hang him from a tree:
Paolo: It looks like I finally get to kill you after all.
Caine: Well, that's a distinct possibility. But I'd bet, I don't know, four dollars against an hour with your mother that it doesn't turn out that way. (Paoulo punches him in the stomach) You're right. That was insulting. I'm sorry. Five bucks.
Ironic Echo: A particularly awesome non-verbal example. Gillon signals to a fighter to throw a fight by standing up, straightening his tie, holding a thumb up and then turning it down. Caine does the exact same thing to Palmer's last opponent, Minoso Torres, to let him know it's time to throw that fight.
Kansas City Shuffle: Caine intends to bribe the Diggstown fighters. Gillon suspects this, and brings in Minoso Torres from the prison... who was also bribed by Caine, before the setup.
Karma Houdini: Gillon ultimately loses the bet, but he never gets any comeuppance for killing Slim.
Given his villain breakdown at the end, lost complete respect from his son, and getting punched out by Slim's brother he didn't completely get away with it.
He also assaults the town sheriff and takes his gun. Given that he is broke and no longer runs this town, the sheriff is likely to put him in jail for that.
Also, the mobsters almost lynched Caine when they thought he might not be able to pay them back. Gillon now owes the same mobsters, and he definitely can't pay them.
Kick the Dog: Gillon holds one boxer's brother hostage, threatening to kill him if the boxer doesn't knock out Palmer. He doesn't knock out Palmer.
Made of Iron: Honey Roy takes a beating from several fighters in a 24 hour period, only to emerge victorious. Even during one fixed fight, he encourages the fighter to hit him harder to sell the fix, stating, "I ain't made of glass!"
Noodle Incident: Caine and Palmer refer to a cash fight in Mouline, which caused them to break up. Very few details are revealed.
Out-Gambitted: Gillon is defeated after a back-and-forth battle of gambits to rig the wager. Realizing that he'd been bested by a superior conman, Gillon admits, "You beat me fair and square!"
Shout-Out: When Caine is trying to inspire Palmer against a particularly tough fighter, he gives a little speech acknowledging how tough his opponent is, ending with, "But you remember this! You... are black." Palmer wonders what the hell that means, and Caine admits he was trying to inspire him; "It's a Roots kind of thing." Palmer retorts, "Well, you're shit at motivation."
Spoiled Brat: Robby, who gets a classic car from his father only to lose it to Fitz a few days later.
Super Ringer: Played twice, for the two last fights. For the ninth, Gillon drafts Hammerhead Hagan, who had moved into the county before the rules were made. The second time, Gillon has recruited Minoso Torres from the prison, which is within the county.