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Buffalo '66 (1998)

Vincent Gallo , Christina Ricci , Vincent Gallo  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette
  • Directors: Vincent Gallo
  • Writers: Vincent Gallo, Alison Bagnall
  • Producers: André Link, Chris Hanley, Deborah Brock, Gerry Gershman, Gretchen McGowan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092T3X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Buffalo '66" on IMDb

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Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston. A man just released from prison returns home to Buffalo, where he kidnaps a young woman who must pretend to be his wife to convince his parents he wasn't really in prison. Written and directed by Gallo. 1998/color/110 min/R/widescreen.

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and Poignant April 24, 2000
Format:DVD
Vincent Gallo's directorial debut is a powerhouse of fine acting, writing, and direction, not to mention a showcase for some hilariously inventive cinematography. Buffalo 66 is one of the finest independent films that I have ever seen, and perhaps the most fascinating character study I have yet to see on film.
Christina Ricci provides a quietly poignant performance as Layla, the odd but tenderhearted tap dancer who provides Gallo's Billy Brown with the only true love he has ever received. Ricci is brilliantly understated, and she relays just as much heartfelt meaning in one glance of her beautiful, dark eyes as Gallo does in his barrage of rapid-fire monologues.
There are also fine supporting performances from Ben Gazzara and Anjelica Huston, as Billy's utterly dysfunctional parents, Mickey Rourke, as a sleazy bookie, Jan-Michael Vincent, as Billy's touchingly loyal crony and owner of a bowling alley, and Kevin Corrigan, as Billy's slow but well-meaning best friend.
Buffalo 66 is an incredibly moving and beautiful film. It provides some of the starkest movie images of blue-collar society to come along since the '70s. The on-location Buffalo, New York sites are haunting in their bleakness, and the filtered photography emphasizes this all the more.
On top of all of this, Gallo provides a mesmerizing performance as Billy Brown--a man who has spent so much of his life pining for love and tenderness that he doesn't know how to deal with it once it is staring him in the face.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic July 28, 2004
Format:DVD
This is one of my favorite independent movies. Vincent Gallo writes, directs, and stars in this film. He plays Billy Brown, a young man recently released from prison who has a plan to get revenge on the kick of the the Buffalo Bills who lost the game on which he had bet a large sum of money. While in prison, he didn't tell his parents that he was in prison. Instead, he told them that he was married and working in another city far away. After being released from prison, he decides to visit his family. His mother insists that he bring his wife along. In desperation, Billy kidnaps Leila, a tap dance student played by Christina Ricci. Billy makes Leila play the part of his wife. The visit is a total disaster and we learn that Billy has the worst family in the world. Billy then focuses on his plan to get revenge.

This movie has a strong charcter driven plot. Even though Billy is a terribly unlikable in the beginning, you grow to pity him as secrets about his childhood are revealed. He becomes a hurt child lashing out at everyone. Leila also has strong emotional needs, which in some strange way, Billy fulfills. She becomes a sort of mother figure which tries to bring Billy back from the brink of his abyss. This has to be the most unromantic love story, but in it's own way, it shows that even just a seed of love can grow on the most infertile soil. This movie is definitely worth checking out.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "...We're just spanning time here..." July 25, 2004
Format:DVD
Dark, underrated little indie about a brooding college town loser (played with utter believability by writer/director Gallo) whose moronic, self-destructive obsession with revenge gets blindsided by unexpected love. Starts out dreary and desolate - but stick with it. This little gem of a black comedy holds some hidden surprises, not the least of which is a lovely, vulnerable performance by an incredibly beautiful Ricci - who offers the schmuck a glimmer of hope and - just maybe - a last chance at happiness.

Cast is uniformly excellent but Ricci is just plain irresistible. One of the most magnetic screen actresses since Louise Brooks - you can't take your eyes off her. Every strung-out loser should be so lucky.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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The movie itself is timeless as far as I'm concerned. The unfolding of the depth behind this initially horrendous Billy Brown character is paced in such a way that you are watching the evolution of his past and present character simultaneously. Layla who seems to have a great insight into Billy's pain turns out to be his savior, and even though she is presented without any back story whatsoever you can't help but admire how important she becomes to the story. There is some controversy about misogynistic and homophobic acts and language in the film. While these aren't completely unwarranted someone going through the events portrayed in the film would most likely have these type of feelings regardless of moral guidelines. Billy is not meant to be portrayed as a saint but as a deeply flawed (damaged) character from a lifetime of humiliation and feeling inadequate. It is through Layla's acceptance and understanding that he evolves and begins to accept love and friendship as a tangible and obtainable goal. This part of the story is actually quite beautiful if you can move past the gritty and nasty behavior and try to see Billy as Layla does, accept him as a deeply flawed and hurt product of his environment with redeemable qualities that can be nurtured to bring out his true nature.

All of this is set just underneath or on top of (depending on your view) a very effective dry humor. It is through this humor that you stay engaged and willing to take the journey with an initially deplorable person and find yourself discovering there is more than what is on the surface. Real life opinions of Gallo aside this film is amazing and deserves far more credit and attention than it receives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Norwood
Good flick, better than expected
Published 18 days ago by afterdeath2
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great
Published 29 days ago by GRixse
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky love story...
"Buffalo 66" (1998) is directed by Vincent Gallo (Promises Written in Water). The film is about Billy Brown (Vincent Gallo) who kidnaps a tap dancer, Layla (Christina... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Edmonson
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's my present?
For a 15th anniversary edition one could have expected a little something in terms of bonus/additional content. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hydrosaure
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffalo
This is a truly quirky movie with Christina Ricci and a wildly screwed up
Vincent Gallo. Ya gotta see this one. It's freaky with Ben Gazzara
as the father. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Asa Pace
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like "Offbeat" this film will take you there.
Interesting off beat film with actors who like to stretch "offbeat" to new levels including the leads, and Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rouke, Kevin Pollak, Anjelica Huston. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Tao
4.0 out of 5 stars Buffalo 66
Strange really quirky movie. I liked it. It was written, acted and directed by Vincent Gallo. If you like strange, low-budget movies, you will enjoy this one.
Published 5 months ago by sue owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffalo 66
Great classic . Wish it were in color but nevertheless good acting good movie and one that belongs in your movie collection
Published 5 months ago by Valerie Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind provoking!
Loved this movie! But.....this is a movie for a select audience - not your run-of-the-mill movie-goer. Read more
Published 7 months ago by pollyanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffalo 66 Junkie LOL
Vincent Gallo made an excellent Noir comedy and the acting was very good. I caught this movie in 1998 when I was living in Hawaii it was a late night showing and I was bored. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bryan Davila
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