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Buffalo '66 (1998)

Director:
Vincent Gallo
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Romance
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Buffalo '66
RUNNING TIME
110 minutes
Producer:
Chris Hanley
Screenwriter:
Vincent Gallo
Alison Bagnall


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Billy Brown Vincent Gallo
Layla Christina Ricci
Jimmy Brown Ben Gazzara
The Bookie Mickey Rourke
Wendy Balsam Rosanna Arquette
Sonny Jan-Michael Vincent
Jan Brown Anjelica Huston
TV Sportscaster Kevin Pollak
Alex Karras

 

Review

Directed with a hint of flair and vision by eccentric artist/musician/filmmaker/actor Vincent Gallo, whose partly autobiographical story is self-absorbed and moody, but ultimately rewarding and somewhat poignant. It works best as an offbeat love story, and in that respect, the film is thrust forward by Christina Ricci's brilliant performance. The film has its edge through a handful of quirky moments - bordering on comedy. The dialogue is often flat and dull, but there are some inspiring segments - such as Ben Gazzara's singing act or Billy and Layla's stay at the motel. However, the biggest problem with Buffalo '66 is that for the most of its running time, the film is so preoccupied with being dense and dark, that it seems to forget that there's actually someone watching. If you remove his dysfunctionality, Billy Brown would be the dullest man alive - a title the ending signals he might just soon get.

Copyright 4.2.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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