Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Vincent Gallo|
|Produced by||Chris Hanley|
|Screenplay by||Vincent Gallo
|Story by||Vincent Gallo|
|Music by||Vincent Gallo|
|Editing by||Curtiss Clayton|
|Studio||Cinépix Film Properties
Lions Gate Films
|Distributed by||Lions Gate Films|
|Running time||120 minutes|
Buffalo ’66 is a 1998 comedy-drama film that is writer-director Vincent Gallo's full-length motion picture debut. Gallo and Christina Ricci star in the lead roles and the supporting cast includes Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette, Ben Gazzara, and Anjelica Huston. Gallo also composed and performed much of the music for the film.
Empire listed it as the 36th-greatest independent film ever made. It was filmed in and around Gallo's native Buffalo, New York. The film makes extensive use of British progressive rock music in its soundtrack, notably King Crimson and Yes.
Having just served five years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Billy Brown (Vincent Gallo) kidnaps a young tap dancer named Layla (Christina Ricci) and forces her to pretend to be his wife. Layla allows herself to be kidnapped and it is clear she is romantically attracted to Billy from the start, but Billy all the while is compelled to deal with his own demons, his loneliness and his depression.
The subplot of Billy seeking revenge on the man indirectly responsible for his imprisonment, Scott Wood, is a reference to a former Buffalo Bills kicker, Scott Norwood, who missed the game-winning field goal in Super Bowl XXV against the New York Giants in 1991.
- Vincent Gallo (John Sansone, young) as Billy Brown
- Christina Ricci as Layla
- Anjelica Huston as Jan Brown
- Ben Gazzara as Jimmy Brown
- Kevin Corrigan as Goon
- Mickey Rourke as The Bookie
- Rosanna Arquette as Wendy Balsam
- Jan-Michael Vincent as Sonny
- Kevin Pollak and Alex Karras as TV sportcasters
- John Rummel as Don Shanks
- Bob Wahl as Scott Woods
- Penny Wolfgang as The Judge
Gallo had difficulties working with his cast and crew. Gallo and Christina Ricci reportedly did not get along on the set. He called her a "puppet" who did what she was told. Ricci vowed to never work with Gallo again. She also resented the comments he made about her weight three or four years after filming. Anjelica Huston also did not get along with him, and Gallo claimed Huston caused the film to be turned down by the Cannes Film Festival. Although cinematographer Lance Acord was widely credited with the film's distinct visual look Gallo has claimed credit for designing most of the film's cinematography. He also publicly disparaged Acord, saying "This guy had no ideas, no conceptual ideas, no aesthetic point of view."
Buffalo '66 received mostly positive reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 78% of critics have given the film a positive review, based on 40 reviews, achieving a "Certified Fresh" classification, with an average rating of 7/10. At Metacritic it has a rating score of 68, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
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- Dave Calhoun. "Christina Ricci interview". Time Out. Retrieved 2008-04-15.
- Gallo's Humor: FFC Interviews Vincent Gallo. Film Freak Central. Retrieved December 04, 2013
- "Buffalo '66 Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
- "Buffalo '66 Reviews, Ratings, Creditas and More". Metacritic. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
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