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      American Buffalo

      1996, Drama, 1h 28m

      27 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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      It lacks the dynamism of other adaptations of his work, but American Buffalo still offers the tenacious characterizations and hard-hitting dialogue that are hallmarks of David Mamet's writing. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Pawn shop owner Don (Dennis Franz) discovers that a rare coin he has just sold for next to nothing is actually worth a small fortune, so he enlists his loyal teen employee, Bobby (Sean Nelson), to help him get the item back. Unfortunately, it now sits in another store, and the men will have to stage a holdup in order to retrieve it. Don's loser pal, Teach (Dustin Hoffman), believes he can make the heist work and talks his way into joining the scheme, but Don starts to get nervous about the plan.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Michael Corrente

      • Producer: Gregory Mosher

      • Writer: David Mamet

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $632.1K

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.

      • Production Co: Punch Productions, Samuel Goldwyn Company

      • Sound Mix: Surround

      Cast & Crew

      Dustin Hoffman
      Dennis Franz
      John Sloss
      Thomas Newman
      Richard Crudo
      Kate Sanford
      Daniel Talpers
      Jessica Lanier
      Deborah Newhall

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      • Nov 21, 2010

        What are we talking about? We're talking business!

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      • Jul 16, 2008

        Although the play was better, performances from Hoffman and Franz maintain interest.

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      • Jan 30, 2008

        One of those films I loved at the time I saw it, and barely thought of it since. I really should watch this again, I remember that it was based on a play and I enjoyed how the director never tried to hide the fact that it was. Also, the script and performances were great.

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      • Jul 15, 2007

        Very disappointing. This is my least favourite David Mamet play and it has been translated into a poor film.

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