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American Buffalo (1996)

Long-repressed feelings of bitterness and betrayal explode when three inner-city losers plot the robbery of a valuable coin in a seedy second-hand junk shop.

Director:

Michael Corrente

Writers:

David Mamet (play), David Mamet (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dustin Hoffman ... Teach
Dennis Franz ... Don
Sean Nelson ... Bob
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Storyline

AMERICAN BUFFALO is another story of men's interminable struggle toward the top of the heap, a goal which ultimately and inevitably eludes most of us. Don Dubro, the proprietor of a dusty dark inner-city junk shop, holds court there with his friends and makes plans probably on a daily basis for his ascendancy to the top. He does this more out of habit than hope because he's long ago surrendered his future to the daily repetition of his life as guardian of the discarded remnants of others' possessions. Disheveled Teach, on the other hand, is either too dumb or too stubborn to accept the lot life has dealt him. Instead, he bucks like a wild horse under the saddle and refuses to be broken. Most pitiable of the trio which populates the movie is teen-aged Bobby. Mistaking much of the palaver which passes between the older men as pearls of wisdom, Bobby is the only one of the trio who still has a chance to make a life for himself somewhere beyond this tired too-familiar neighborhood. Don ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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Conning, stealing and lying are all in a day's work. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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This movie had been previously in development at Castle Rock Entertainment. See more »

Quotes

Don: [to Bobby] Everything that I or Fletcher know we picked up on the street. That's all business is - common sense, experience, and talent.
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The Simple Ideas are the Best
19 November 2002 | by busherSee all my reviews

American Buffalo is an example of David Mamet's ear for dialogue and his way with the gritty underbelly of society. Perhaps no other movie has so deftly demonstrated Mamet's unique sense of rhythm in spoken language. The movie is engrossing and entertaining, all the while using only one location and three characters. Dustin Hoffman is revoltingly slimy as Teach, and Dennis Franz perfects the conflicted role of Don that he originated on stage many years ago. A must see for any fan of Mamet or student of the human condition.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$164,109, 15 September 1996

Gross USA:

$665,450

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$665,450
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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