American Buffalo Movie Review 1995

Information and Film Reviews for American Buffalo the Movie

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Somewhat lackluster but decent screen adaptation of a classic American drama. Franz's junk shop owner Donny plans to steal back a rare Buffalo-head nickel that he feels he was swindled out of, with the help of his protege Bobby (Nelson). Hoffman's ferret-like Teach, one of Donny's card-playing buddies and an arrogant opportunist, tries to weasel in on the plan that never comes to fruition. Set in Corrente's hometown of Pawtucket, the director's reverence for the material is obvious and he plays it too safe. Top-notch performances raise the level. Mamet adapts his play for the screen.

Distribution

Evergreen Entertainment, 6100 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1400, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Phone: (213)634-3000, Fax: (213)549-3760

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 88 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Plays to Film: David Mamet, Adapted from a Play, Scams, Stings & Cons, Revenge, Hard Knock Life
Screenplay
David Mamet
Cast
Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, Sean Nelson
Cinematography
Richard Crudo
Director
Michael Corrente
Music
Thomas Newman
Producer
Gregory Mosher, John Sloss, Capitol Films, Punch Productions, Samuel Goldwyn Company

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