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Buffalo '66 (1998)

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After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.

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Vincent Gallo

Writers:

Vincent Gallo (original story), Vincent Gallo (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Gallo ... Billy Brown
Christina Ricci ... Layla
Ben Gazzara ... Jimmy Brown
Mickey Rourke ... The Bookie
Rosanna Arquette ... Wendy Balsam
Jan-Michael Vincent ... Sonny
Anjelica Huston ... Jan Brown
Kevin Pollak ... TV Sportscaster
Alex Karras ... TV Sportscaster
John Sansone John Sansone ... Little Billy
Manny Fried Manny Fried ... The Donut Clerk
John Rummel John Rummel ... Don Shanks
Bob Wahl Bob Wahl ... Scott Woods
Penny Wolfgang Penny Wolfgang ... The Judge
Anthony Mydcarz Anthony Mydcarz ... The Motel Clerk
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

A piece of Billy Brown's dialogue can be heard playing backwards in the song "I'm Getting Closer" by M83. See more »

Goofs

When Billy gets to the bowling alley Sonny asks him if he wants "his lane", lane 15. Later when Billy is bowling it shows the ball roll down lane 13. See more »

Quotes

[Trying to start Layla's car]
Billy Brown: Is this a shifter car? I cannot drive a shifter car, alright, so we got a little situation here. I can't drive these kinda cars! What the fuck is goin' on! You think that's funny? Would you like to know, smartass? Would you like to know why I can't drive this kinda car? I'll tell you why, I'm used to *luxury* cars. Have you ever heard of a luxury car? You know what luxury means? Ever heard of Cadillac, Cadillac Eldorado? That's what I drive. I drive cars that *shift...
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Crazy Credits

Tibi Scheflow credited as working as the "Fantastic Locations Manager". See more »

Connections

Edited into Motherland (2018) See more »

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A Falling Down, Billy Brown
Written & Performed by Vincent Gallo
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Funny, Entertaining, and oddly-romantic
1 March 2002 | by billybrown41See all my reviews

I fell in love with this movie. Before I saw it, I didn't know much at all about Vincent Gallo. I saw the trailer that was attached to "Out of Sight" and was like "well, that looks interesting. Maybe I'll check it out sometime." It took me a long time to track it down, but it was so worth the wait. One thing I can honestly say, is that the trailer is NOT deceptive. It pretty much tells you EXACTLY what you're going to get. One thing I wasn't expecting thoug, was the humor. There were times in this movie that I had to rewind and watch over because I was laughing so hard from the previous scene that I missed what was going on. Despite the film's depressing tone and deliberately grainy look, there are a lot of laughs here. Most of them come from the character of Billy Brown.

Never in my life, have I seen a more pathetic hero. The guy is almost totally unlikeable without ONE redeeming quality. In the opening frame, he's being released from Prison. He's been there for something like five years and it's obvious that he's coming out of there in the clothes that he was wearing when he went in. His wardrobe is hilarious and his red ankle boots are a laugh riot. As are his pants that appear to be about four inches too short. You can tell when you first see him that this guy is a real piece of work. The first ten minutes or so focus on our new friend trying to find a bathroom, without any luck. When he finally does find a restroom, he is harassed by an obese homosexual. This sets up a scene that is kinda sick but darkly funny.

Next thing, we learn the plan (part of it anyway) that Billy has up his sleeve. We meet his lunatic parents through a phone conversation and learn that they are clueless that Billy has been in lockup for the last five years. Apparently, they are stupid enough to believe that their son has been working in a foreign country as a government agent. They also believe that he is married. So he has to find a girl to pose as his wife. This sets up even more hilarious scenes as he kidnaps a young tap-dancer. I'm not going to go much farther. But the movie does get even funnier. Not only is it funny but it covers a lot of emotions. Here's a guy who's clearly been a loser his whole life, trying desperately to impress his parents who could care less about him. It sounds really depressing, but it's actually inspiring and, because it ends on a high note, it's uplifting.

While it may not be for everyone, it's still a very entertaining and rewarding film. It's been a few years since Gallo has done anything, but I'm really looking forward to his next project.

If anything, I'd say that this is a black-comedy/character study. It's probably the most original film of 1998 and it did take a lot of chances with its unique style. I have no complaints about this movie whatsoever and I'm giving it the highest score possible. It's a 10+.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buffalo '66 See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,555, 28 June 1998

Gross USA:

$2,375,097

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,375,097
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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