Taglines: They had a plan. It wasn’t worth a nickel.
American Buffalo is another story of men’s interminable struggle toward the top of the heap, a goal which ultimately and inevitably eludes most of us. Don Dubro, the proprietor of a dusty dark inner-city junk shop, holds court there with his friends and makes plans probably on a daily basis for his ascendancy to the top. He does this more out of habit than hope because he’s long ago surrendered his future to the daily repetition of his life as guardian of the discarded remnants of others’ possessions.
Disheveled Teach, on the other hand, is either too dumb or too stubborn to accept the lot life has dealt him. Instead, he bucks like a wild horse under the saddle and refuses to be broken. Most pitiable of the trio which populates the movie is teen-aged Bobby. Mistaking much of the palaver which passes between the older men as pearls of wisdom, Bobby is the only one of the trio who still has a chance to make a life for himself somewhere beyond this tired too-familiar neighborhood.
American Buffalo is a 1996 British-American drama film directed by Michael Corrente and starring Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, and Sean Nelson, the only members of the cast. The film is based on David Mamet’s 1975 play of the same name. The film was produced by Gregory Mosher, who was also responsible for directing the theatrical version of American Buffalo.
American Buffalo (1996)
Directed by: Michael Corrente
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz, Sean Nelson
Screenplay by: David Mamet
Production Design by: Daniel Talpers
Cinematography by: Richard Crudo
Film Editing by: Kate Sanford
Costume Design by: Deborah Newhall
Set Decoration by: Jessica Lanier
Music by: Thomas Newman
MPAA Rating: R for language.
Distributed by: The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release Date: September 13, 1996