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7,673 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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