Buffalo 66

How well does this movie hold up today?


Alex De La Garza, Staff Writer

Buffalo 66 is a film starring, co-written and directed by Vincent Gallo, and it is not for kids at all. This is an old movie produced back in 1998, and not that many people have watched it. The movie only earned $2.5 million at the box office when it was first released. However, when I first watched this movie, I loved it and it soon became my favorite movie. 

The writing in this movie is great. The story follows Billy (Gallo), who kidnaps a young woman named Layla (Christina Ricci), and he tells her to pretend that she’s his wife. She lies and says that he has been busy with work, so that is why his parents don’t know about the marriage. 

The acting of both Gallo and Ricci is still amazing to this day. Their acting is good, because it goes with the whole flow of the movie, and it’s not too over-the-top. Their performances are calm, natural and relaxing, unlike the acting you see in some other movies. My favorite scene is when Billy and Layla are at a bowling alley, and she starts tap dancing to “Moonchild” by King Crimson

Buffalo 66 is one of those movies that feels like a weird dream when you first watch it, but then it starts to grow on you as the years go by. The movie has a lot going on, and it doesn’t always make sense at first. It doesn’t really explain why Billy went to prison in the first place, and why he wants to get back into prison. He also doesn’t really explain why he kidnaps Layla at the start of the movie. 

However, I’d say that the movie still holds up pretty well overall. People can still watch it and know what it is, so this movie hasn’t fallen off in quality. 

If you have not watched Buffalo 66, you should definitely give it a try. And if you would like to watch more movies like this one, you should check out Lost in Translation (2003) and Fallen Angels (1995).