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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)  »

Also Known As:

Buffalo '66, avagy a megbokrosodott teendők  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$2,365,931 (USA) (23 October 1998)
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Ben Gazzara ad-libbed the part where he shoves his face between Christina Ricci's breasts at the dinner table. See more »

Goofs

In the bowling alley scene when Billy ask Layla "What's so funny?", the boom mic shadow is visible on the ceiling behind his head when the camera pulls back. See more »

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Billy Brown: I'm gonna step out of the car for one minute. One minute, I'm gonna step out. Put your hands on the dashboard like that. Hold em like that. Don't let me see you move them one finger, not one finger move, not one twitch of a move or I'll come back and choke you to death. I swear to God. I'll take a bite out of your cheek and I'll shit you out.
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Referenced in 24: Live Another Day: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (2014) See more »

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Splendiferous
19 November 2004 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Never even heard of Gallo: just happened onto this film on IFC one night and totally loved it. The acting was superb, the story even more so; and that camera work! Gallo's character, Billy Brown, was a picture of hate and resentment due to his unfeeling, unloving parents who made it clear from day one that he wasn't wanted, much less loved. This pushing away by these heartless, empty people turned young Billy into a introvert who was only able to find love within the confines of his own dreamy mind. Of course, this was insufficient which drove Billy to acting out in some bizarre and dangerous ways. Finally, when love does come it terrifies him and causes him to push away this affection continuing the cycle started by his parents. At times I found myself rocking with laughter at the antics of these hurting and emotionally scarred folks, but the tale was anything but comical. I wish there were more pictures coming out as interesting and dramatic as this.


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