Buffalo '66

Buffalo '66

Cast: Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Ben Gazzara

     
 

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Actor Vincent Gallo (The Funeral, Palookaville) made his feature directorial debut with this drama about convict Billy Brown (Gallo), released after half a decade spent behind bars. Drifting into downtown Buffalo, Billy kidnaps teen Layla (Christina Ricci) and has her pose as his loving wife when he visits his parents (Ben Gazzara and Anjelica Huston).See more details below

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Actor Vincent Gallo (The Funeral, Palookaville) made his feature directorial debut with this drama about convict Billy Brown (Gallo), released after half a decade spent behind bars. Drifting into downtown Buffalo, Billy kidnaps teen Layla (Christina Ricci) and has her pose as his loving wife when he visits his parents (Ben Gazzara and Anjelica Huston). Layla praises him and goes along with his fanciful tale that they met at CIA headquarters, where they both worked. Mom and dad not only fall for this, they are entranced by Layla, who soon begins to embellish her act. When she claims to be pregnant by Billy, he hustles her out to a bowling alley and on to a restaurant, where they run into trampy Wendy (Rosanna Arquette), who might be Billy's former girlfriend. Eventually, Billy seems ready to track down and kill the person he feels was responsible for his five years in the slammer. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Satire and offbeat romance blend nicely in Buffalo '66, the self-assured indie directorial debut of actor Vincent Gallo. Fresh out of prison after five years, Billy Brown (Gallo) kidnaps a young dancer (Cristina Ricci) and forces her to pose as his wife in an effort to impress his parents (Anjelica Huston and Ben Gazzara), who live in an exceedingly gray and dingy Buffalo, New York. Few words can accurately describe the taut feeling that comes with experiencing Gallo's hyper-satire, for which he also wrote the screenplay and composed the score. The absurd family scenes play as a caricature of caricature, a beautifully exaggerated nightmare of domestic dysfunction that is underscored by the drone of football on the TV and home movie-style flashbacks. It altogether works as a backdrop for the quirky boy-meets-girl comedy that has, ironically at times, the tone of a sad fairy tale. Gallo's performance is central to the film's success: He draws his character in broad strokes as a child in a scruffy ex-con's body, fleshing him out with keenly observed gestures and dialogue. Ricci's brand of nymphet style makes a perfect counterpoint to the obsessive manchild, and her sudden fantasy tap dance at a bowling alley sums up the film's unpredictable nature. The result is a movie that, despite dark comic overtones, is nothing more -- or less -- than a love story with a most unlikely charm.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2014
UPC:
0031398171034
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
11,540

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Gallo Billy Brown
Christina Ricci Layla
Anjelica Huston Janet Brown
Ben Gazzara Jimmy Brown
Kevin Corrigan Goon
Mickey Rourke Bookie
Rosanna Arquette Wendy
Jan-Michael Vincent Sonny

Technical Credits
Vincent Gallo Director,Score Composer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Lance Acord Cinematographer
Alison Bagnall Screenwriter
Michelangelo Bolla Asst. Director
Deborah Brock Co-producer
Curtiss Clayton Cinematographer,Editor
John Dunning Executive Producer
Gerry Gershman Co-producer
Jordan Gertner Co-producer
Chris Hanley Producer
Andre Link Executive Producer
Brian Miksis Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Gideon Ponte Production Designer
Jeff Sackman Executive Producer

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