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American Buffalo

Overview

David Mamet's play about three losers planning a robbery is brought to the screen in an admirably simple, straightforward manner. Don Dennis Franz is the owner of an "antique store" read: junk shop who discovers that the buffalo head nickel he recently sold to a coin collector was a lot more valuable than he imagined. Don hatches a scheme in which he and Bobby Sean Nelson, a teenage kid who works at the shop, will steal the nickel back and sell it for a much higher price. Teach Dustin Hoffman, Don's ...
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Overview

David Mamet's play about three losers planning a robbery is brought to the screen in an admirably simple, straightforward manner. Don Dennis Franz is the owner of an "antique store" read: junk shop who discovers that the buffalo head nickel he recently sold to a coin collector was a lot more valuable than he imagined. Don hatches a scheme in which he and Bobby Sean Nelson, a teenage kid who works at the shop, will steal the nickel back and sell it for a much higher price. Teach Dustin Hoffman, Don's down-on-his-luck buddy, insists on coming in on the job, but Don isn't sure he wants Teach's help -- or that the robbery is a good idea at all. While director Michael Corrente occasionally moves the action out of the shop unlike the original play, American Buffalo maintains nearly all the dialogue of the original play and its three-man cast.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
For audiences unaccustomed to playwright David Mamet's claustrophobic, language-dense style, American Buffalo may be a hard film to watch. Primarily a three-character play with one main set -- a junk shop where two men and a teenaged assistant plot a robbery -- the film is more a character piece than a real story. As such, it is a marvelous study in language and personality, rolling along on the performances of Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz and Mamet's uniquely cadenced, blisteringly profane dialogue. The actors are all terrific, and young Sean Nelson (Fresh) more than holds his own with the veterans, but this is likely to appeal to theater fans more than casual viewers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/1998
  • UPC: 651021101469
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Teach
Dennis Franz Don
Sean Nelson Bobby
Technical Credits
Michael Corrente Director
Kerry Barden Casting
Richard Crudo Cinematographer
Sarah Green Co-producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Robert Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
Robert C. Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
Ronald Judkins Sound/Sound Designer
David Mamet Screenwriter
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Kate Sanford Editor
John Sloss Executive Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Daniel Talpers Production Designer
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