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Buffalo Girls (1995)

Anjelica Huston , Melanie Griffith , Rod Hardy  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anjelica Huston, Melanie Griffith, Gabriel Byrne, Peter Coyote, Tracey Walter
  • Directors: Rod Hardy
  • Writers: Cynthia Whitcomb, Larry McMurtry
  • Producers: Sandra Saxon Brice, Suzanne Coston, Suzanne De Passe
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Platinum Disc
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000274TI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,112 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Buffalo Girls" on IMDb

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful mini-series! March 1, 2005
Buffalo Girls is one of the best made-for-tv movies from the 1990s and it is a pleasure to have this forever on DVD.

The film stars Anjelica Huston, Melanie Griffith, Peter Coyote, Sam Elliot, Gabriel Byrne, Liev Schrieber, Jack Palance, and Reba McEntire. Even if the film hadn't been as well written as it was, the sheer star power of the film would have carried it through.

Huston plays Calamity Jane expertly with such emotion and understanding of the character. Melanie Griffith was my favorite, however, playing ex-madame Dora DuFran, Calamity's best friend. Her story is an emotional rollercoaster, and Griffith's incredible skills as an actress shine through here. Sitcom star Reba McEntire plays Annie Oakley, and it's a shame that her role in the film is so small. In the 3-hour film, she is maybe in it a total of fifteen minutes. I think Reba is wonderful and it would have been nice to see more of her as Annie. All in all, a great, involving movie that is a joy to experience.

The DVD from Platinum Disc Corporation has no extra features, but luckily presents the movie as it originally aired on TV, in two seperate parts. The earlier VHS release had the two parts edited together into one long movie and had a scene edited out. It's nice to have the Buffalo Girls in it's original form. The picture quality is perfect and the sound is a robust 2-channel stereo track with surround seperation at very appropriate times in the film.

For the low price Amazon is offering this 3-hour DVD at, it is ridiculous not to buy it. Even if you are not a fan of westerns (I certainly am not), it will still keep you entertained!
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Women in the Old West November 5, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Ok, so you have to get through some TV movie hokieness to appreciate this movie. At first, I was distracted by the awkward direction, acting, and accents, and the general TV-movieness of it all. But as the movie went on, I was able to overlook those things and started to enjoy it, especially Angelica Huston as Calamity Jane. Some quality about her, a grittiness and strength, seems just right for the role.
Melanie Griffith is not always a favorite of mine, but she has a sweetness that makes her Dora enjoyable. Gabriel Byrne as the lovelorn Blue makes a good match for her. He is suitably and touchingly romantic here, not as much "darkness" to his character as in most roles.
I enjoyed their story, though I was distracted at first by that heavy Texas drawl issuing from Byrne's mouth. It was fine when I got used to it, though it did start me thinking that probably there were a lot of cowboys with Irish, Scandinavian, German and other accents--immigrants. The only reason we think of all cowboys with a Texas drawl is Hollywood.
I also thought the movie shortchanged Indian women a bit. What does Blue's Native American wife think of being married to a white guy who doesn't love her? That's sad for her, and in a movie about women of the Old West, would have been a good angle to the story.
Westerns usually show Indian women as victims or passive prizes for "sympathetic" white men. In reality, Indian women often had much more autonomy and power than European women. The idea of being given as a "prize" to a white men would have been entirely against their culture. (To learn more about Native American women, I recommend the writings of James Alexander Thom, a historical novelist whose wife is Native American.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ride 'em, cowgirls! August 27, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Angelica Huston rocks in Buffalo Girls, in which she plays Calamity Jane. This movie plays fast and loose with history and fiction, but what good 'true' movie doesn't. A great take on a woman's perspective of the Old West.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sooooo cooool!!!!!!!!!!!!! January 22, 2006
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
i'm twelve years old and i am a fan of Anjelica Huston

i thought the movie was great.Anjelica is so awesome in this movie and if you don't like her in this you have lost your mind.

the movie starts out where Calamity Jane(Anjelica Huston)is entering the army and relizes that she loves this wild cowboy named Bill Hicock(Sam Elliot).later he leaves her pregnant.although she thought it was just so strange since she was much of a tomboy in this movie.her friend Dora has her own troubles to deal with.i also like Lonesome Dove.if you havn't seen that then you should see that as well.Anjelica is in Lonesome Dove too.i didn't think that she was my favorite character in Lonesome Dove.she played Clara mom says that when does westerns she's not that good because she doesn't look western.although she was the best in Buffalo Girls.i enjoyed sooooo much!!!!!!so did my mom.i don't think that anyone else could have been Calamity Jane as well as she did.

it is excellent you must see it!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underated western, great historical script December 18, 2006
By D Sapp
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
good actors, great story... some good action too... this is great movie to help put together the bits and pieces of the stories you've heard about Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, and more. It all may be true history, it may be fictional, it may just be myths mixed with fact, but whatever the case, there's more truth than not in this version of the 1870's
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buffalo girls January 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is a very touching movie about lives at the end of the period known as the "wild west. The acting is done well, well known actors are in the movie. I recommend it to anyone, especially women, who are interested in the old west.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great movie
Published 2 months ago by Beth Herrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowgirls!
Fun movie and love the history. All the actresses and actors were good. Happy to find this and it is a keeper. Yes, I still have my VCR!
Published 4 months ago by Judy
2.0 out of 5 stars movie review
Rather predictable and quasi weak story line. Unfortunate as it had possibilities to
be a real good one with stronger characters.
Published 7 months ago by Leigh Stuart
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The movie steered too far from the book for my taste and the casting was all wrong; I think Angelica Huston is way too pretty to be Calamity Jane and while Gabriel Byrne's accent... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Patricia Gaston
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies!
I was glad to have found this movie again, I added it back into my collection, thanks for your help!
Published 15 months ago by Winona
3.0 out of 5 stars Buffalo Girls
I always thought this was a good movie and I had it on VHS. The only problem is it is not closed captioned and I have a hearing problem
Published 20 months ago by Reba K Hensley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
I read the book (by the great Larry McMurtry) first, and, while the movie isn't quite as good, it was still immensely entertaining. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Raye
3.0 out of 5 stars worth watching a couple of times
A few readily recognizable names Anjelica Huston ("The Witches," "The Addams Family," "Prizzi's Honor," "Lonesome Dove" ); Melanie Griffith ("Working Girl," "Lolita," "Body... Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by J. Munyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffalo Girls
Angelica Houston is at her best in this movie. Everyone did a great job. Wish Sam Elliott had a bigger role. This is one of the best westerns I have seen in a very long time. Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Shirley V. Dieckman
4.0 out of 5 stars fun movie
I got this aa a companion to another movie I bought. I'm not regretting it. A fun movie
Published on May 14, 2010 by Pat Storm
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