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Buffalo Bill's Defunct: Stories from the New West (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 May 2004 (USA)
Will Bill be able to tear down his garage with a winch and 100' of cable? And if so, will it make a big crash? Watch as Bill's garage and family are deconstructed plank by plank.


Matt Wilkins


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Cast overview:
Earl V. Prebezac Earl V. Prebezac ... Buffalo Bill
Frances Hearn Frances Hearn ... Suzanne
Keith Fox Keith Fox ... Jack
Martha Strickland Cagley Martha Strickland Cagley ... Martha
Michael White Michael White ... Daniel
David N. Donihue ... Dave
Jennifer Estes Jennifer Estes ... Jen
Wiley W. Wilkins Wiley W. Wilkins ... Wiley
Christopher Lloyd Christopher Lloyd ... Chris


Buffalo Bill rallies his sissy-fied clan to the old-fashioned task of pulling down their dilapidated shed with a winch and 100' of cable; a half-baked decision influenced heavily by the fact that he accidentally blasted through the garage door with his truck. As Bill's daughter and grandchildren prepare the shed for razing, they excavate rusted family artifacts, uncovering interfamilial tensions. In their own words, Bill's ensemble gossips about each other, most of the time revealing more about the person talking than the subject. The film spills the guts of this American family through stories of Bill's seeds floating through the world on their own unique, but parallel narratives. "Buffalo Bill's Defunct" is a poem to the entanglement of family, casting a vigil light on inheritance. The relationships are cluttered, muddled and imperfect, but perfectly functional. Written by Jaime Keeling

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A Real Family film
15 May 2006 | by beth-yockeySee all my reviews

Buffalo Bill's Defunct is a startlingly engaging film, which despite its lack of "plot" draws you in to the characters' lives, so much so that you feel a part of the family. Flashbacks to Wilkins's earlier film, Interior Latex, give a depth and sense of continuity that is often lacking in this sort of documentary-style narrative.

The actors have an easy camaraderie with one another, and move with the un-self-consciousness of real family. The location is stunning. The characters are so well defined that you feel like you could call them up & help them with their barn / garage destruction.

Definitely worth watching!

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29 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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Sultan, Washington, USA

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