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Buffalo 66 [DVD]

Vincent Gallo , Christina Ricci , Lance Acord    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette
  • Directors: Lance Acord
  • Producers: Vincent Gallo
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042OEXIA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,130 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Billy Brown (Vincent Gallo) is released from prison after serving five years for a crime he didn't commit. Desperate to impress his parents, who are unaware that he has been inside, he tells them that he has been working for the CIA, taking along dance instructor Layla (Christina Ricci) to pose as his girlfriend and back up his story. Layla co-operates with an unexpected degree of enthusiasm, and while Billy plans murderous revenge on the man responsible for his imprisonment, she helps him on the path to forgiveness and redemption.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vicious satire of dysfunctional suburbanites 17 Dec 2003
Format:DVD
In Buffalo '66 twisted,but strangely alluring parolee Billy Brown has, in the hands of Vincent Gallo -- writer, director and star of this bleak, outstandingly creative film -- a seething, angered depth, molded by a lifetime of parental abuse, poor judgment and very bad luck and his wounded, embittered performance is captivating, and so is his filmmaking.
Greasy, resentful and just released from a five-year turn in the pokey -- he'd made a false confession to get out of a $10,000 debt to a bookie -- he has returned to his home town of Buffalo, New York, because he is desperately grasping for anything familiar to give his life some semblance of control.
He visits his vile, hateful parents (Anjelica Huston and Ben Gazzara)but only after wandering into a dance studio and impulsively kidnapping Layla (Christina Ricci), an innocently voluptuous tap student, to pose as his wife. It's a pathetic attempt to persuade them he has beaten the odds of his unfortunate upbringing, but it backfires.
"Buffalo '66" is a gloomy, slice-of-life drama about people with miserable lives, but at the same time it's a vicious satire of dysfunctional suburbanites.
Failing to find security at home, Billy drags Layla to the bowling alley of his childhood championships -- only to succumb to gutter ball syndrome. Later he demands she pose with him for photo booth snapshots to mail home the next few Christmases and feign that they're a happy couple "spanning time."

Adorably Rubenesque and dyed platinum blonde, Ricci gives a gradually and subtly revealing performance as Layla that helps cement the creative vivacity of the film.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Indie / Low budget movie 1 Oct 2011
Format:DVD
This is Vincent Gallo's (Tetro, Funeral) directorial debut. It is a movie of fine acting, writing, and direction, and it features some truly fine 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 gret performances as Layla, the odd but tenderhearted tap dancer who provides Gallo's Billy Brown with the only true love he has ever received. Ricci's performance is 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 aka Jackie Treehorn and Angjelica Huston, as Billy's utterly dysfunctional parents, Mickey Rourke, as a sleezy bookie, Jan-Michael Vincent, as Billy's touchingly loyal friend and owner of a bowling alley.

On top of all of this, Gallo provides a wonderful 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding.... 10 Sep 2008
Format:DVD
This film is just bursting with absolute joy, very intense at times hilarious at others, vincent gallo's acting and directing are genius, you start by hating the character and as the film progress's you begin to really empathise with the situations he has been put through...christina ricci is also brilliant i especially enjoyed the tap dancing scene and the excellent ending...definatly recommended to someone who likes there movies offbeat but full of charm.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsively entertaining indie flick 22 April 2007
By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Buffalo `66 is as fine an example of independent film-making as you're likely to find. Vincent Gallo's quirky, semi-autobiographical film, in which he stars as Billy Brown - a slightly unhinged, emotionally undernourished convict who kidnaps the surprisingly willing Layla (Christina Ricci) to pose as his wife - is easily the controversial New Yorker's best work to date and features stellar performances from the likes of Angelica Huston (almost unrecognisable as Brown's uncaring, football-obsessed mother Janet) and Jan-Michael Vincent - Brown's long-suffering best friend, Goon. Gallo is equally impressive in the role of Billy Brown; he's unpleasant, and prone to violence, but not entirely dislikeable. In fact, at times, he's almost child-like, and we sympathise with Brown, largely because of what we come to know of his background. The scene in which Billy visits his parents' house, for example, is one of classic suburban dysfunction - and hilarious at that.

There's a sense at times that Gallo is playing himself, rather than actually 'acting'; at others, he appears to be hamming it up a bit for comic effect (see the scene in which he forces Layla to pose with him in a photo booth and repeats the phrase "we're spanning time" ad nauseum) but he can be forgiven on both counts as a) the film is, as mentioned, a semi-autographical work and b) he is undeniably amusing.

Where this film impresses most, however, is in the sheer inventiveness and effectiveness of some of Gallo's techniques as director and Lance Acord's cinematography. Buffalo `66 has all the hallmarks of an indie, art-house film - but, refreshingly, these features actually contribute to our understanding of Brown's character and the advancement of the film's plot.

Brilliant stuff.

Matt Pucci
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
as described fast delivery . would recommend to a friend..good story and well acted..would watch it more than once I think
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Bev Ann Holland
3.0 out of 5 stars A well observed movie!
I'm not really familiar with the guy in the lead role, but he's done a good job with this film. It's well observed, and quite funny and quite sad. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Celluloid Hero
5.0 out of 5 stars A real indie talent
Vincent Gallo wrote the story, the screenplay, and directed this gem of an Independent film, and if that wasn't enough, he wrote and performed the music. Read more
Published 11 months ago by noahs dad
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film
I have to agree with Billy Ray and Prof. Zebedee: this is a superb film. In terms of ambience it reminds me of Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch) and Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sebastian Palmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Buffalo 66
A brilliant film, not everyone's taste I'll concede but I found it very enjoyable. Better than most Hollywood pap. The parents are very funny.
Published 14 months ago by Oli
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully engaging
This movie really offers some great moments and is nicely paced across its 105 minutes. The story starts with Billy who has just been released from prison after serving five years... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Random Tandem
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD!
The DVD arrived in the post promptly. The DVD quality is good and it is a very enjoyable movie. I would recommend it.
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by corrine3
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy With A 99
An enjoyable film, looks nice, and a typical offering from Vincent Gallo, who isn't to everyone's tastes. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by CLINT McGAVIN
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Cult Film?
Oh the trials and tribulations on on-line reviews. I do like this film very much, but was struggling with some people's 5 star reviews of it, describing it as the greatest film... Read more
Published on 19 Nov 2011 by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Fight in a Photo Booth
Vincent Gallo plays Billy who, fresh out of Prison, decides to go see his parents who have no clue he's been in jail as he's told then he works away with the CIA. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2010 by Ms. L. J. Braisby
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