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.
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R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Hallmark Entertainment

Critic Reviews for American Buffalo

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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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 28, 2005
Variety
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for American Buffalo

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matt sigur
matt sigur

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½

Although the play was better, performances from Hoffman and Franz maintain interest.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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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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