Buffalo '66

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Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her…

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 7.4/10 (21,398 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Vincent Gallo

Stars: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara

Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry (and forcing her to say the same).

Writers: Vincent Gallo, Vincent Gallo


Vincent Gallo

Billy Brown

Christina Ricci


Ben Gazzara

Jimmy Brown

Mickey Rourke

The Bookie

Rosanna Arquette

Wendy Balsam

Jan-Michael Vincent


Anjelica Huston

Jan Brown

Kevin Pollak

TV Sportscaster

Alex Karras

TV Sportscaster

John Sansone

Little Billy

Manny Fried

The Donut Clerk

John Rummel

Don Shanks

Bob Wahl

Scott Woods

Penny Wolfgang

The Judge

Anthony Mydcarz

The Motel Clerk

Billy Brown just got out of jail. Now he's going to serve some real time. He's going home.

Release Date: 26 June 1998

Filming Locations: Buffalo, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,500,000


Opening Weekend: $39,555
(28 June 1998)
(2 Screens)

Gross: $2,375,097

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Christina Ricci choreographed her infamous tap dance in the bowling alley scene.


When Billy and Layla check into the motel, the clerk tells them check-out time is eleven o'clock, but a sign on the left wall states the time as noon.


Billy Brown:
Want to know the truth? I could have had any girl l wanted in school. Any girl l wanted. You know why l didn't have a girlfriend? Huh? Because there was nobody that l liked. Nobody that l liked. That's the truth. I could have had anybody. There was nobody that l liked, because girls stink. They stink. They're evil. And they're all bad, all of them. They're backstabbers like you.

User Review

Review: Touching and Brilliant


Vincent Gallo's directorial debut is a powerhouse of fine acting, writing,
and direction, not to mention a showcase for some truly jaw-dropping
cinematography. Buffalo 66 is one of the finest independent films that I
have ever seen, and perhaps the most fascinating character study I have yet
to see on film.

Christina Ricci provides one of the year's best performances as Layla, the
odd but tenderhearted tap dancer who provides Gallo's Billy Brown with the
only true love he has ever received. Ricci's performance is brilliantly
understated, and she relays just as much heartfelt meaning in one glance of
her beautiful, dark eyes as Gallo does in his barrage of rapid-fire

There are also fine supporting performances from Ben Gazzara and Angjelica
Huston, as Billy's utterly dysfunctional parents, Mickey Rourke, as a sleezy
bookie, Jan-Michael Vincent, as Billy's touchingly loyal friend and owner of
a bowling alley, and Kevin Corrigan, as Billy's slow but well-meaning best

Buffalo 66 is an incredibly moving and beautiful film. It provides some of
the starkest movie images of blue-collar society to come along since the
'70s. The on-location Buffalo, New York sites are haunting in their
bleakness, and the filtered photography emphasizes this all the

On top of all of this, Gallo provides a mesmerizing performance as Billy
Brown-a man who has spent so much of his life pining for love and tenderness
that he doesn't know how to deal with it once it is staring him in the

Simply put, Buffalo 66 is a staggering achievement. Vincent Gallo is a
fiercely talented filmmaker and a force to be reckoned with in the