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American Buffalo (1996)



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A pair of ne'er-do-wells and their young intern plot the theft of a valuable Buffalo-head nickel in this drama that is based on a 1975 play by David Mamet. Most of the story takes place within the junky confines of Don Dubrow's second-hand store. Don and his young protege Bobby begin plotting the heist after a sly customer comes in and buys an extremely valuable coin for next to nothing. When Don discovers that the coin was worth a fortune, he feels cheated and decides to get the coin back. Unfortunately the volatile, self-absorbed Teach overhears their plan and weasels his way into the contrivance. Most of the story focuses on the machinations of these three well-drawn characters who provide fascinating insight into the criminal mind as they ingeniously devise new ways to manipulate and aggravate each other.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
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Written By: David Mamet
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On DVD: Jan 23, 2001
Hallmark Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for American Buffalo

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (13)

A three-character, one-set chamber piece, pic lacks the bravura moments of the film version of the playwright's Glengarry Glen Ross

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
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Entertainment Weekly
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Globe and Mail
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Detroit News
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Mamet's strafing dialogue still hits its marks, but director Michael Corrente never manages to turn this into anything more than a static filmed play.

Full Review… | June 11, 2015
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for American Buffalo


A great movie version of a great play.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Very disappointing. This is my least favourite David Mamet play and it has been translated into a poor film.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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What are we talking about? We're talking business!

matt sigur

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