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It lacks the dynamism of other adaptations of his work, but American Buffalo still offers the tenacious characterizations and hard-hitting dialogue that are hallmarks of David Mamet's writing. Read critic reviews

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Pawn shop owner Don (Dennis Franz) discovers that a rare coin he has just sold for next to nothing is actually worth a small fortune, so he enlists his loyal teen employee, Bobby (Sean Nelson), to help him get the item back. Unfortunately, it now sits in another store, and the men will have to stage a holdup in order to retrieve it. Don's loser pal, Teach (Dustin Hoffman), believes he can make the heist work and talks his way into joining the scheme, but Don starts to get nervous about the plan.

Cast & Crew

Dustin Hoffman
Walt 'Teach' Teacher
Dennis Franz
Don 'Donny' Dubrow
John Sloss
Executive Producer
Thomas Newman
Original Music
Richard Crudo
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Kate Sanford
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Suzanne Smith
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Critic Reviews for American Buffalo

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Audience Reviews for American Buffalo

  • Nov 21, 2010
    What are we talking about? We're talking business!
    matt s Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2008
    Although the play was better, performances from Hoffman and Franz maintain interest.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2008
    One of those films I loved at the time I saw it, and barely thought of it since. I really should watch this again, I remember that it was based on a play and I enjoyed how the director never tried to hide the fact that it was. Also, the script and performances were great.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2007
    Very disappointing. This is my least favourite David Mamet play and it has been translated into a poor film.
    John B Super Reviewer

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