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Buffalo '66 (1998)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Manny Fried ...
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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.


Comedy | Drama

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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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$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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The song Billy's father sings to Layla, "Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread", was actually sung by Vincent Gallo's father, Vincent Gallo Sr. See more »


When Billy and Layla leave the photo booth, they do so to (the viewer's) left side, though that side of the booth is positioned against a wall. See more »


Billy Brown: And if I find out you go near my locker, I swear to God I'll give you a karate chop right in the head.
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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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