Down By Law

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Released 1986

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Director:
Jim Jarmusch
Released:
1986
Rating:
TV-14
A disc jockey (Tom Waits), a pimp (John Lurie) and an Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni) escape from jail in New Orleans.

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  • 88

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Photographed in stark black and white by Robby Muller with music by both Waits and Lurie, Down By Law (a slang expression meaning in control), more conventional and livelier than S...

  • 88

    Slant Magazine Joseph Jon Lanthier

    Divorcing New Orleans from its stereotypes (there's no ham-fisted Creole dialogue, no digs at the indigenous cuisine), the filmmaker imagines the boiling, boggy city as a purgatory...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It doesn't have the inspired perfection of Stranger Than Paradise, in which every shot seemed inevitable. But it's a good movie, and the more you know about movies, the more you're...

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Comedy, Drama

Themes

Crime, 80s