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Product Description A funny, heartfelt 70s era period piece set in the still-unspoiled Hamptons area of Long Island, DIGGERS is the story of two generations of hard-living clam diggers trying to maintain their way of life in the midst of the enormous changes swirling around them. Amazon.com If Diner had taken place in clam country, it might have looked like Diggers. The Bicentennial is in effect, Jaws tops the box office, and amateur photographer Hunt (Paul Rudd) and friends carry on family tradition as clam diggers. Frankie (Ken Marino) has a wife (Sarah Paulson) and kids. Hunt, Jack (Ron Eldard), and Cons (Josh Hamilton) don't. They work hard, they party hard (Cons also serves as the local dealer). Things are about to change, though, as a corporation called South Shell threatens their Long Island livelihood by limiting the area in which they ply their trade. Then, Hunt loses his father, who was out clamming when his heart gave out. Now it's just him, his dispirited buddies, his diminishing career, and his newly divorced sister, Gina (Maura Tierney). Clearly, the time has come to make some tough decisions. Fortunately, Diggers isn't downbeat, but nor is it a comedy, despite the participation of part-time comedians, like Rudd ( The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Tierney ( NewsRadio). There's a little humor mixed in with the drama, as in Hunt's flirtation with Manhattan visitor Zoe (Lauren Ambrose), but it's mostly a fond look back at a vanishing way of life. Directed by Katherine Dieckmann ( A Good Baby) and written by Marino (MTV's The State), an actual digger's son, it's the kind of small-scale indie that could easily get overlooked, but deserves to be seen--not because it offers something startlingly original, but because it offers something heartfelt and unexpectedly moving. --Kathleen C. Fennessy