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Actor Dennis Franz was at the first reading of an early draft of the play in the Seventies.
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The Times Square Restaurant in Pawtucket, RI was renamed the Riverside Diner to fit the script of this film. As of 2010, it is still called the Riverside Diner, although the elaborate neon marquee that stood on the building several years after filming has been replaced by a simpler sign.
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The play originally opened at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago on 23 November 1975. Bernard Erhard played Teach, J.J. Johnston played Don and William H. Macy played Bobby. Al Pacino also played Teach on Broadway from 1981-1984.
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Michael Corrente was offered the job of directing after meeting producer Gregory Mosher at a screening of Corrente's "Federal Hill." He told Mosher, the director of the original stage production, "This won't mean anything to Mamet, bout could you tell him that 'Federal Hill' never would have happened if I hadn't seen 'Buffalo' onstage when I was a kid?" Mosher then suggested that Corrente direct the film adaptation.
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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.
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