In Australia and New Zealand, digger is an informal term for a man, especially a private soldier. The term derived (in the early 20th century) from digger ‘miner’, reinforced by association with the digging of trenches on the battlefields.
Digger ★★½ 1994 (PG)
Digger (HannByrd) arrives at a Pacific Northwest island to stay with relatives, including his Grandma (Dukakis) who's being romanced by the fun-loving Arthur (Nielsen). He makes friends with another youth who turns out to have a terminal heart ailment. 92m/C VHS . Adam Hann-Byrd, Olympia Dukakis, Leslie Nielsen, Joshua Jackson, Barbara Williams, Timothy Bottoms; D: Robert Turner; W: Rodney Gibbons; M: Todd Boekelheide.