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American Buffalo (1996)

 -  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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The building in which the movie was filmed was demolished along with several others in 1997 to make room for a pharmacy and fast food store. See more »

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Don: [pontificating as to a pupil] ... there's business and there's friendship, Bobby. Watcha gotta do is keep clear of who your friends are and who treated you like what or else because the rest is garbage, Bobby. I'll tell you somethin'.
Bob 'Bobby': OK.
Don: Things are not always what they seem to be.
Bob 'Bobby': [Knowing laugh] I know that, Don.
Don: Because there are people on this street - they want this, they want that. Do anything to get it. You don't have friends this life.
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What, No Ricky Jay?
23 October 2000 | by (Denville, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

A movie about junk. Worthless Lives that have hopelessly ended up in a junk store along with formally useful stuff that has also ended up in a junk store. The store has one thing of value, a rare Buffalo Nickel and one life of value; Bobby's, a young kid who does odd jobs helping out around the store. The store's owner Donnie, loves Bobby like a son and he represents the potential for success and happiness Donnie no longer has.

Dustin Hoffman plays Teach, Donnies friend. Hoffman's overacting is the only problem I found with this movie. If Hoffman had taken it down just a notch his charachter would have earned some well deserved sympathy. I wouldn't change a word of Mamet's excellent dialog, just have Hoffman calm down. The fact that the ending leaves the movie with no payoff was fitting and showed how the charachters lives have no payoff.


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