Down By Law

Down By Law

Down By Law

Tom Waits, John Lurie and Roberto Benigni star as three convicts incarcerated in the same cell in Jim Jarmusch's Palme d'Or-nominated, black and white comedy/drama. The character-driven story follows the three inmates' imprisonment and ultimate escape from a Louisiana prison.

1986Rating: M107 minsUSA, West Germany
ComedyDrama
Director:
Jim Jarmusch ('Dead Man', 'Broken Flowers', 'Stranger Than Paradise')
Writer:
Jim Jarmusch
Cast:
Tom WaitsJohn LurieRoberto BenigniNicoletta BraschiEllen Barkin

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87%31 reviews

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Variety

Variety

The Jim Jarmusch penchant for off-the-wall characters and odd situations is very much in evidence.

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Time Out

Time Out

After the initial establishment of character and atmosphere, the laughs come thick and fast, most notably from the marvellous Benigni.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The excitement (of Down by Law) comes from the realization that we are seeing a true film maker at work, using film to create a narrative that couldn't exist on the stage or the printed page of a novel.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A true original that kind of grows on you.

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