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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.

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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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They had a plan. It wasn't worth a nickel. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Buffalo - Das Glück liegt auf der Straße See more »

Filming Locations:

Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$164,109, 15 September 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$643,129, 31 December 1996
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Dennis Franz was starring on NYPD Blue (1993) when he agreed to take the role of Donny in this film. This movie was shot during his summer hiatus from the show. See more »

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Teach: The only way to teach these people is to kill them.
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A little long in the tooth.
12 January 1999 | by YsmanSee all my reviews

Brilliantly acted. Hoffman's performance is reminiscent of his role in Death of a Salesman. Unfortunately, the ending is a let down. I was hoping for more of a shock. Still worth watching if only for Hoffman and Franz and if you love Mamet.


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