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Buffalo '66 (1998)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  26 June 1998 (USA)
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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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jail | prison | dog | bookie | kidnapping | See more »

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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:

£52,968 (UK) (2 October 1998)

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$2,365,931 (USA) (23 October 1998)
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The character Scott Woods is a reference to Buffalo Bills place kicker Scott Norwood who missed the game winning field goal in Super Bowl XXV. See more »

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After Billy grabs the bread off the table, it is back on the serving plate in a different shot. See more »

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Billy Brown: I'm asking you to come there and make me look good. Alright? And if you make a fool out of me, I swear to God, I'll kill you right there. Boom! Right in front of Mommy and Daddy. And I'll tell you something else, you make me look bad... I will never ever talk to you again, ever. But if you do a good job, well, then you can be my best friend. My best friend that I've ever had. You hear me?
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Published by Crimson Music/BMG Music Publishing, Ltd.
Courtesy of Caroline Records
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Outstanding script, great characters; fine film all around
9 October 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I am a non-fan of ex-con movies; I find Dustin Hoffman's critically acclaimed STRAIGHT TIME especially odious, for instance. Accordingly, I was about to stop watching BUFFALO '66 during the first scene. Thankfully, I kept the tape rolling to be ultimately rewarded by one of the best indie films I have ever seen. Vincent Gallo has put together an excellent character study set against the grimy, subfusc background of his home town.

Christina Ricci deserves the near-unanimous praise she has received for her eminently appealing, understated portrayal of a cooperative kidnaping victim. The spectrum of expressions that chase across her lovely heart-shaped face in the photo booth is especially memorable. This is not to take anything away from Gallo's acting though. His rhythmic, repetitious remonstrations are quite addictive, and I have since found it difficult to keep from imitating his verbal style while dealing with people at work. Ben Gazzara and Angelica Huston are also outstanding as parents in a family so dysfunctional it makes the subjects of AMERICAN BEAUTY look like something out of the Donna Reid Show. A nearly unrecognizable Mickey Rourke shows up in a great cameo as a bookie.

Fans of local color will also like BUFFALO '66. Gallo has a similar eye for his old stomping grounds that the Coen brothers did for theirs in FARGO, but Gallo's execution is more subtle and at least as rewarding.

Bottom line: just stick with it through the opening scene, and you'll find gold here.


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