Saturday, February 04, 2006

Friendship is friendship and a wonderful thing

One of my favorite movies currently is showing on Encore on On Demand--"American Buffalo" . It's based on a David Mamet play. Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz have a great rapport, and the dialogue is beyond belief.

Of course, another great Mamet adaptation, and one that is better known, is "Glengarry Glen Ross", for which Al Pacino received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the same year in which he won the Oscar for Best Actor for "Scent of a Woman." Arguably, the academy gave the nod to Pacino that year to make up for all the years in which he was overlooked, akin to Paul Newman getting the Oscar for "The Color of Money."

5 Comments:

Blogger John Patrick Henry (aka The Truth) said...

On the Pacino track again. I saw him in NYC doing American Buffalo at the circle in the square theater. was close enough to see the spit flying!

1:15 PM

 
Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

What part was he playing?

I heard that the recent Broadway production of Glengarry, with Alan Alda and Liev Schreiber, was excellent.

2:20 PM

 
Blogger djhlights said...

The "Glengarry" prod was great. I saw it this summer this summer along with "Hurlyburly" with Parker Posey in it which was pretty good as well.

Jon A,

Are your sure you saw "American Buffalo" at Circle in the Square? It played at the Booth when Pacino was in it in the early eighties. Pacino was in "Hughie" at the circle in 1996. Maybe that was the show?

9:45 PM

 
Blogger John Patrick Henry (aka The Truth) said...

It was the circle in the square, as confirmed by a frank rich review in the NYT june 5 1981. you could look it up.

10:54 AM

 
Blogger djhlights said...

Jon A

You should send that review to IBDB.

I saw the production at the Booth and that is in the broadway database for American Buffalo, but one at Circle is not.

9:29 PM

 

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