American Buffalo is a superb example of just how much tension can be created with a minimal cast and a limited location. Admittedly, Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz give a convincing performance with an incredible amount of depth, which is something that one might not get from a script alone.
Suspicion abounds as Donny and ‘Teach’ plan a robbery, with Donny’s hapless sidekick Bobby thrown into the fold as a victim of mistrust. American Buffalo builds vivid pictures of those ‘off stage’ as well as on, and suggests that those who mistrust are not to be trusted. Tense and evocative, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for the duration.