Buffalo 66

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After five years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, billy brown, a down-on-his-luck-romantic, comes home to seek revenge on a local field goal kicker who cost him his freedom and buffalo its super bowl dreams.

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 40221361
UPC 031398834120
UPC 14 00031398834120
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Black Comedy
Family Interaction
Independent
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note An electric directorial debut (seven years in the making) by New York artist/musician/model/actor Vincent Gallo, BUFFALO '66 combines the experimental techniques of the French New Wave and the realistic grit of seventies filmmakers such as John Cassavetes, resulting in something inventive and original. Gallo portrays Billy Brown, who has just been let out of jail. Before returning home to visit his parents and murder the kicker who missed the field goal that sent him there in the first place (in order to repay a debt that he didn't have the money to extinguish), he kidnaps a bored ballerina (Christina Ricci) and makes her pretend that she is his wife. Though she doesn't seem to object to the abduction, Billy is emotional, angry, and sensitive. As the trip progresses--including an explosive visit to his childhood home, where his indifferent parents still reside--the two continue bicker back and forth, but begin to form a real bond.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...A wild, whacked-out ride of a movie....Ricci gives a sweet, sexy, star-bright performance..." 07/09/1998 p.146
Sight and Sound "...Gallo has any eye for telling detail..." 10/01/1998 p.39-40
Entertainment Weekly "...Inventive....Fulfilled its promise....Narcissism has rarely been so compelling..." -- Rating: A 01/22/1999 p.110
Box Office "...Visually and editorially deft....BUFFALO '66 offers a radical departure from much of what's currently being made both in and out of the indie scene..." 04/01/1998 p.177-8
Premiere "...A touching, often hilarious personal journey..." 07/01/1998 p.19
Los Angeles Times "...Compelling....With BUFFALO '66 Gallo does himself credit not only as an actor but also as an equally distinctive filmmaker..." 07/17/1998 p.C29
Total Film "[I]t's one of a kind, and it's to be cherished." 02/01/2004 p.115
Directors
Vincent Gallo
Actors
Christina Ricci
Vincent Gallo
Cast & Crew
Angelica Huston - Actor
Ben Gazzara - Actor
Christina Ricci - Actor
Jan-Michael Vincent - Actor
Mickey Rourke - Actor
Rosanna Arquette - Actor
Vincent Gallo - Actor
Vincent Gallo - Director
Vincent Gallo - Musical Score
Chris Hanley - Producer
Vincent Gallo - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 8341-D
UPC 00031398834120
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Awards
Independent Spirit (1999) Vincent Gallo, Chris Hanley, Nominee, Best First Feature
Sundance Film Festival (1998) Vincent Gallo, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Buffalo '66 proves to be a successful debut outing behind the camera for Gallo. It remains to be seen whether he'll direct any more films, but, if he does, hopefully he won't lose the edginess and sense of urgency... It's Buffalo '66's tone, not the reprehensible main character, that makes this an engaging motion picture.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Time
Review Gallo...is a smart young filmmaker, not least in his casting. Gazzara, angrily mourning his lost career as a local lounge singer, and Huston, obsessing on the Bills' football frustrations, are glorious eccentrics. And Christina Ricci, as the tap dancer Billy forces to play his faux fiance, is just lovely. She falls into instant love with her abductor, and with a kind of patient ferocity redeems his sanity. And this says nothing about Gallo's own demonic charm as Billy or his directorial boldness in juxtaposing the emotional surreality of his story with the bleak reality of his hometown in winter, creating a sort of casual but strangely haunting weirdness.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Richard Schikel
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Actor Gallo,Vincent
Label Trimark Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
The New York Times A deadpan original...
Premiere Comically surreal. Touching and hilarious! Imaginative and provocative.

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