American Buffalo (1996) - Drama

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Long-repressed feelings of bitterness and betrayal explode when three inner-city losers plot the robbery of a valuable coin in a seedy second-hand junk shop.

IMDB: 5.8
Director: Michael Corrente
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Dennis Franz
Length: 88 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 8 out of 43 found boring (18.6%)

One-line Reviews (29)

After twenty or so minutes of incredibly boring conversation,we looked at each other, stood up, walked and never looked back.


It's a story of futile human desperation delivered through snappy and quick witted dialouge that I found fascinating.

The movie is engrossing and entertaining, all the while using only one location and three characters.

Overly talky and often tedious and annoying (especially at the start), "American Buffalo" seems to be going around in circles.

I found this movie riveting.

Still worth watching if only for Hoffman and Franz and if you love Mamet.

A constrained adaptation of Mamet play, pointless in spite of talented actors.

One of the most exciting of these is David Mamet.

This is the only movie I have ever walked out of before the end.

But to me the movie is more entertaining than many actionmovies.

These guys are certainly losers, a prime requirement of that genre, but this play, and the film, is rather tedious despite the good cast work.

Now I will admit that if the film had not had good actors to back up Mamet's sharp edged dialouge, American Buffalo would have been an awful, dreary, and pathetically boring film.

Yep, this is a dreary film set in a dreary junkshop in a dreary city.

I watch TV late watching and normally fall asleep during the most vigorous movies.

While you never do forget the fact that you're watching a filmed version of a play, the story is still pretty riveting.

The three-man script is gritty, but pointless.

David Mamet's compact and incisive script, adapted from his play, not only offers a fascinating and provocative dissertation on ethics, friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, but also paints a bleakly compelling portrait of two hopeless small-time losers who are fatally undermined by their own pathetic intrinsic fallibility.

This film kept me sitting on the edge of my seat all the way through.

Hoffman portrayed a through-ably hate-able character, god what an unpredictable slimeoid.

"American Buffalo" is a pointless dialogue-intensive claustrophobic character-driven drama which take place almost entirely in an inner city junk shop and involves two guys ruminating incessantly about a heist they're about to pull.

Pointless, plotless, and typically Mamet .

I remember seeing this years ago when it first came out and thinking how boring it was.

This is "just" an excellent character study, but with these actors it's enough to make it worth watching.


However, this tale of emerging bitterness and feelings of underachievement is palpable and engaging, if you let it.

The one thing that keeps you from walking out is the ever unrealized possibility that it might have some kind of point or meaningful climax, and the fact that, all irritation aside at the banal personalities, they're acted quite reasonably.

What goes down between these three men in the course of one night makes for some tense moments and some fascinating back and forth dialogue that has you mesmerized from the start.

Their arguments are thoroughly entertaining as they plan the big heist… will they, can they pull it off… just watch.