Down By Law

Nominee
Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
Nominee
Best Feature
Spirit Awards
Nominee
Best Director
Spirit Awards
A true filmmaker 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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Down By Law


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Jim Jarmusch follows his groundbreaking Stranger Than Paradise with another rambling, character-driven film with a twisted sense of humor. Set in a seedy New Orleans summer, Down By Law details the meeting of three unlikely convicts and their just-as-unlikely escape. Zack (Tom Waits) is an out-of-work DJ who is accused of murder when a body is found in the trunk of a stolen car he was hired to drive across town. Jack (John Lurie) is a pimp set up for a fall by a competitor. These two sullen souls are locked in a cell with Roberto (Roberto Benigni), a cheerful Italian immigrant who happens to have killed a man. The chemistry between the members of this loosely bound "team" is fascinating: Zack and Jack are forever laughing at Roberto, yet they rely on his energy and good will to escape their dire situation. The three mismatched miscreants eventually bust out of jail and head into the Louisiana bayous.

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer: Jim Jarmusch
Stars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin
R
Genre
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Throwback Thursdays
Runtime
92
Language
English
Director
Jim Jarmusch
Writer(s)
Jim Jarmusch
Cast
Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni
Awards:
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Best Feature, Spirit Awards
Nominee, Best Director, Spirit Awards
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