American Buffalo (1996)
Based on a 1975 play by David Mamet, this drama follows the story of second-hand store owner Don Dubrow. When a sly customer buys a valuable Buffalo-head nickel for next to nothing, Don, his protege Bobby, and neighborhood weasel Teach contrive a plan to steal it back.
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Critic Reviews for American Buffalo
A three-character, one-set chamber piece, pic lacks the bravura moments of the film version of the playwright's Glengarry Glen Ross
Dustin Hoffman channels his Ratso Rizzo character from the 1969 Midnight Cowboy.
Mesmerized by the trademark Mamet gutter poetry, Corrente directs unobtrusively and respectfully.
In this overly theatrical version, Hoffman gives a mediocre performance in a role that Al Pacino excelled with on stage. Failing to open up Mamet's play, confined to one locale--a junk store--the film is claustropobhic and dull, lacking emotional payoff
A colossal letdown that ends up running in place.
My example of a great Back Shelf Beauty
There is little sense of tension, nor any dramatically sound resolution. American Buffalo seems to end rather abruptly - but not a moment too soon
Powerful and overlooked,lost in the shuffle.
Audience Reviews for American Buffalo
Very disappointing. This is my least favourite David Mamet play and it has been translated into a poor film.More
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