An unpretentiously involving movie about unpretentious people, Diggers is set in 1976 on the South Shore of Long Island before the invasion of folks from fancy Manhattan zip codes and its rebranding as the Hamptons.
This seriously funny group portrait of third-generation clam diggers (and their wives and sisters) is fresh as today's catch and about as tasty. Its '70s soundtrack positively swaggers.
The clammers are feeling the squeeze from a conglomerate that has rights to the prime fishing spots and also from the summer people who dismiss them as townies. As these guys too old to be boys and too immature to be men drift into troubled waters, their default is booze and brawls. Circumstances force them to grow up.