American Buffalo

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Total Count: 27

46%

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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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Critic Reviews for American Buffalo

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (7)

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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