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American Buffalo (1996)

R  |   |  Drama  |  13 September 1996 (USA)
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Long-repressed feelings of bitterness and betrayal explode when three inner-city losers plot the robbery of a valuable coin in a seedy second-hand junk shop.

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AMERICAN BUFFALO is another story of men's interminable struggle toward the top of the heap, a goal which ultimately and inevitably eludes most of us. Don Dubro, the proprietor of a dusty dark inner-city junk shop, holds court there with his friends and makes plans probably on a daily basis for his ascendancy to the top. He does this more out of habit than hope because he's long ago surrendered his future to the daily repetition of his life as guardian of the discarded remnants of others' possessions. Disheveled Teach, on the other hand, is either too dumb or too stubborn to accept the lot life has dealt him. Instead, he bucks like a wild horse under the saddle and refuses to be broken. Most pitiable of the trio which populates the movie is teen-aged Bobby. Mistaking much of the palaver which passes between the older men as pearls of wisdom, Bobby is the only one of the trio who still has a chance to make a life for himself somewhere beyond this tired too-familiar neighborhood. Don ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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They had a plan. It wasn't worth a nickel.

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American Buffalo - Das Glück liegt auf der Straße  »

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$164,109 (USA) (13 September 1996)

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$540,364 (USA) (4 October 1996)
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Actor Dennis Franz was at the first reading of an early draft of the play in the Seventies. See more »

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Teach: Friendship is friendship, a wonderful thing, and I'm all for it. You know me on this point! OK?
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I found this movie riveting.
26 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Yes, it feels like a play: centred on conversation- and what lively conversation- between just three people: little action. I don't think that disqualifies it from being a great film.Does a movie have to be all action? I was reminded of Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" (waiting for Fletcher). I watch TV late watching and normally fall asleep during the most vigorous movies. This film kept me sitting on the edge of my seat all the way through. If you enjoy people and seeing how somewhat depraved characters- even extraordinary characters like Teach- have some goodness deep down this movie will have meaning for you. The acting is first class


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