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: M, Offensive language107 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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Variety

Variety

press

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

Time Out

Time Out

press

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

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A true original that kind of grows on you.

Variety

Variety

press

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

Time Out

Time Out

press

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

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A true original that kind of grows on you.

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