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Buffalo '66 (1998)

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Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry... See full summary »

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Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry (and forcing her to say the same). Written by Anonymous

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Billy Brown just got out of jail. Now he's going to serve some real time. He's going home.

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Rated R for language, strong violent images and scenes involving nudity | See all certifications »

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26 June 1998 (USA)  »

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Buffalo '66, avagy a megbokrosodott teendők  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,555 (USA) (26 June 1998)

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$2,365,931 (USA) (23 October 1998)
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Original cinematographer Dick Pope was fired during preproduction for opposing Vincent Gallo's decision to shoot on reversal film. Gallo intended to act as cinematographer himself but the bond company insuring the film would not allow it. Gallo then hired Lance Acord, who was at the time a non-union cinematographer who had never shot a feature. See more »

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When Billy and Layla check into the motel, the clerk tells them check-out time is eleven o'clock, but a sign on the left wall states the time as noon. See more »

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[Trying to start Layla's car]
Billy Brown: Is this a shifter car? I cannot drive a shifter car, alright, so we got a little situation here. I can't drive these kinda cars! What the fuck is goin' on! You think that's funny? Would you like to know, smartass? Would you like to know why I can't drive this kinda car? I'll tell you why, I'm used to *luxury* cars. Have you ever heard of a luxury car? You know what luxury means? Ever heard of Cadillac, Cadillac Eldorado? That's what I drive. I drive cars that *shift...
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Heart of the Sunrise
Written by Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Bill Bruford
Performed by Yes
Published by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) O/B/O Topographic Music, Ltd.
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Review: Touching and Brilliant
22 January 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Vincent Gallo's directorial debut is a powerhouse of fine acting, writing, and direction, not to mention a showcase for some truly jaw-dropping cinematography. Buffalo 66 is one of the finest independent films that I have ever seen, and perhaps the most fascinating character study I have yet to see on film.

Christina Ricci provides one of the year's best performances as Layla, the odd but tenderhearted tap dancer who provides Gallo's Billy Brown with the only true love he has ever received. Ricci's performance is brilliantly understated, and she relays just as much heartfelt meaning in one glance of her beautiful, dark eyes as Gallo does in his barrage of rapid-fire monologues.

There are also fine supporting performances from Ben Gazzara and Angjelica Huston, as Billy's utterly dysfunctional parents, Mickey Rourke, as a sleezy bookie, Jan-Michael Vincent, as Billy's touchingly loyal friend and owner of a bowling alley, and Kevin Corrigan, as Billy's slow but well-meaning best friend.

Buffalo 66 is an incredibly moving and beautiful film. It provides some of the starkest movie images of blue-collar society to come along since the '70s. The on-location Buffalo, New York sites are haunting in their bleakness, and the filtered photography emphasizes this all the more.

On top of all of this, Gallo provides a mesmerizing performance as Billy Brown-a man who has spent so much of his life pining for love and tenderness that he doesn't know how to deal with it once it is staring him in the face.

Simply put, Buffalo 66 is a staggering achievement. Vincent Gallo is a fiercely talented filmmaker and a force to be reckoned with in the future.


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