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Buffalo '66 (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Sansone ...
Little Billy
Manny Fried ...
The Donut Clerk
John Rummel ...
Don Shanks
Bob Wahl ...
Scott Woods
Penny Wolfgang ...
The Judge
Anthony Mydcarz ...
The Motel Clerk


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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buffalo '66, avagy a megbokrosodott teendők  »

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Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,365,931 (USA) (23 October 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ben Gazzara ad-libbed the part where he shoves his face between Christina Ricci's breasts at the dinner table. See more »


When Layla does her tap dance in the bowling alley, several of the tap hits on the soundtrack do not match her foot movements at all. See more »


Billy Brown: I don't believe them!
Layla: No, Billy it's good... you know it's good if they like me, then they will be proud of you.
Billy Brown: Bullshit... my life is shit.
Layla: If you were my son,i-iii would be really proud of you.
Billy Brown: Did you see them kiss your ass? You made it happen, you made them do it.
Layla: (sighs) You kidnapped me... you pulled my hair, you threatened me. I just went in there in and did you a favor and I thought I did a good job. And...
Billy Brown: And what was that shit about the CIA? I asked you nice, I said nice: MAKE ME ...
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Referenced in Brows Held High: The Brown Bunny (2011) See more »


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Written & Performed by Vincent Gallo
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Buffalo '66 is an amazing and original film: well scripted, scored, cast, directed, and acted by Vincent Gallo.
11 March 2001 | by (New Orleans, United States) – See all my reviews

Buffalo '66 was really original in terms of both plot and style. At moments, the story of Billy Brown's life is so terribly tragic and bizarre, you almost have to break the tension by cracking a laugh. In the film, Vincent Gallo's ex-jail bird character, Billy Brown, kidnaps a young tap-dancer named Layla, played by Christina Ricci, to pose as his wife on his visit back home to his dysfunctional family. The colors are beautifully bold and somehow elegant by being so far past tacky. The film is really great.

The story is actually based somewhat on Vincent Gallo's own traumatic life. The Sinatra song that the Billy Brown's father sings to Layla in the bedroom is actually a tape of Vincent Gallo's father, Vincent Gallo, Sr. I read in an interview that Vincent Gallo has scripted another movie he hopes to direct and feature in. He is trying to get enough money to do it all himself. I am curious to see how it turns out, since this film was allegedly wound so tightly around scraps of his own life.

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