Buffalo '66

June 26th, 1998


Buffalo '66

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Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her...

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 7.4/10 (21,398 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director: Vincent Gallo

Stars: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara

Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry (and forcing her to say the same).

Writers: Vincent Gallo, Vincent Gallo

Vincent Gallo - Billy Brown
Christina Ricci - Layla
Ben Gazzara - Jimmy Brown
Mickey Rourke - The Bookie
Rosanna Arquette - Wendy Balsam
Jan-Michael Vincent - Sonny
Anjelica Huston - Jan Brown
Kevin Pollak - TV Sportscaster
Alex Karras - TV Sportscaster
John Sansone - Little Billy
Manny Fried - The Donut Clerk
John Rummel - Don Shanks
Bob Wahl - Scott Woods
Penny Wolfgang - The Judge
Anthony Mydcarz - The Motel Clerk

Taglines: Billy Brown just got out of jail. Now he's going to serve some real time. He's going home.

Release Date: 26 June 1998

Filming Locations: Buffalo, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $39,555 (USA) (28 June 1998) (2 Screens)

Gross: $2,375,097 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Christina Ricci choreographed her infamous tap dance in the bowling alley scene.

Continuity: When Billy and Layla check into the motel, the clerk tells them check-out time is eleven o'clock, but a sign on the left wall states the time as noon.

Billy Brown: Want to know the truth? I could have had any girl l wanted in school. Any girl l wanted. You know why l didn't have a girlfriend? Huh? Because there was nobody that l liked. Nobody that l liked. That's the truth. I could have had anybody. There was nobody that l liked, because girls stink. They stink. They're evil. And they're all bad, all of them. They're backstabbers like you.

User Review

Review: Touching and Brilliant


Vincent Gallo's directorial debut is a powerhouse of fine acting, writing, and direction, not to mention a showcase for some truly jaw-dropping cinematography. Buffalo 66 is one of the finest independent films that I have ever seen, and perhaps the most fascinating character study I have yet to see on film.

Christina Ricci provides one of the year's best performances as Layla, the odd but tenderhearted tap dancer who provides Gallo's Billy Brown with the only true love he has ever received. Ricci's performance is brilliantly understated, and she relays just as much heartfelt meaning in one glance of her beautiful, dark eyes as Gallo does in his barrage of rapid-fire monologues.

There are also fine supporting performances from Ben Gazzara and Angjelica Huston, as Billy's utterly dysfunctional parents, Mickey Rourke, as a sleezy bookie, Jan-Michael Vincent, as Billy's touchingly loyal friend and owner of a bowling alley, and Kevin Corrigan, as Billy's slow but well-meaning best friend.

Buffalo 66 is an incredibly moving and beautiful film. It provides some of the starkest movie images of blue-collar society to come along since the '70s. The on-location Buffalo, New York sites are haunting in their bleakness, and the filtered photography emphasizes this all the more.

On top of all of this, Gallo provides a mesmerizing performance as Billy Brown-a man who has spent so much of his life pining for love and tenderness that he doesn't know how to deal with it once it is staring him in the face.

Simply put, Buffalo 66 is a staggering achievement. Vincent Gallo is a fiercely talented filmmaker and a force to be reckoned with in the future.


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