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7,508 Ratings

Buffalo '66

Directed by Vincent Gallo
United States, 1998
Comedy, Drama


After being released from prison, Billy’s (Vincent Gallo) first port of call is to find a bathroom, but instead he finds dancer Layla (Christina Ricci). He kidnaps her to go with him to his parents house to pretend to be his wife. To his surprise she agrees and plays her role convincingly.

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Buffalo '66 Directed by Vincent Gallo

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

1999 | Nominee: Best First Feature

International Film Festival Rotterdam

1999 | Winner: MovieZone Award

National Board of Review

1998 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Actress

Gallo’s compact yet idiomatic mise-en-scène is nowhere more inventive than in his transfixing staging of Billy’s climactic act of vengeance in the strip club—a sui generis series of mind’s-eye tableaux vivants, lurid real-time freeze frames set, with incongruous perfection, to Seventies-era King Crimson. I’ve never seen anything like it.
January 24, 2019
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Gallo’s directorial debut is one of a kind, an eccentric, provocative comedy which laces a poignant love story with both a sombre, washed-out naturalism and surreal musical vignettes.
October 01, 1998
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From the start, it’s so grungy that it’s weirdly captivating. By the time Gallo’s lo-fi joyride cruises to a stop, you’ve been so beguiled by its surprises, wrong turns, and chance encounters that you’d be disappointed by something more carefully worked out.
September 28, 1998
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What are people saying?

  • Paul Relf's rating of the film Buffalo '66

    Beautiful in a cripplingly shy kinda way. Moments of humour and frustrating awkwardness. I adore the subtle colour tone of this film. Like many of my favourite films it's one where nothing really happens (see Lost In Translation) but that's exactly what is enjoyable; not what happens but what doesn't happen and that is even more true with Buffalo '66.

  • TangoSierra's rating of the film Buffalo '66

    I watched this for the second time yesterday, and having that craving for about 3 years, I must say that I am so far from disappointed it is unreal, better than I remember. Vincent Gallo is just absolutely superb, charming and visceral. The repetitiveness of his speech, the childlike nature of his presence and the opposition of disregard and regard for his surrounding makes this film thoroughly enjoyable and funny.

  • Angelo Dagonel's rating of the film Buffalo '66

    So many great quotes come from this movie, there should really be a thread dedicated to them. "I don't give a shit about you, or your fucking hot chocolate." "What is this--is this a shifter-car? I can't drive this." "I drive cars that shift themselves."

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Buffalo '66

    I loved how Anjelica Huston tells Vincent Gallo that it's all his fault how she missed the Buffalo Bills only Superbowl because he was born that day. Gallo later commented that "Christina Ricci is a fat pig who was constantly stuffing her face with pizza". He always has something nice to say about his co-stars. Ben Gazzara is brilliant, too, as is Kevin Corrigan.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Buffalo '66

    Vincent Gallo's first film is one of the best film debuts ever. It is a wonderfully aestheticized film, grimy & washed out but fluid & intimate in technique. It's a very funny film, almost endlessly quotable, but Buffalo '66 is raw & tender unlike most I've ever seen. It's a forgiving & compassionate work of art & Gallo gives one of the most vulnerable performances I've ever seen an actor give. A great great film.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film Buffalo '66

    I love this film. It's best described as a grim, dark comedy. Perfectly executed. The cast, the performances are all outstanding across the board. Vincent Gallo as Billy is so believable, you can feel his anger, desperation, hate... Probably the most realistic performance I've seen. I loved the story, the flow, and how the film changes it's tone towards the ending. One of my favourite films!

  • Thomas's rating of the film Buffalo '66

    A frequently distracting, narcissistic exercise from Gallo, but which still manages to draw enough interest from an engaging, simple plot and some fine performances from the small supporting cast, notably Ben Gazzara and Anjelica Houston as Billy's parents.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Buffalo '66

    The question about the difference between the artist and the art remains. Gallo's analysis of dysfunctional masculinity is so close to the bone that there is a blurred boundary between his on-screen persona and Gallo himself. As a film exclusive from the context of reality, this is a profound piece. If Gallo can break through the regressive elements of his character, (cue: film's final sequence) it may vindicate him.

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