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Down by Law

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Original title
Down by Law
Running time
107 min.
United States United States
Jim Jarmusch
John Lurie (Songs: Tom Waits)
Robby Müller (B&W)
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Co-production United States-Germany - West Germany (FRG); Black Snake / Grokenberger Film Produktion / Island Pictures
Comedy. Drama | Crime. Prison Drama. Cult Movie. Independent Film (US)
Synopsis / Plot
DJ Zack and pimp Jack end up in prison for being too laid-back to avoid being framed for crimes they didn't commit. They end up sharing a cell with eccentric Italian optimist Roberto, whose limited command of the English language is both entertaining and infuriating - but rather more useful to them is the fact that Roberto knows an escape route.
1986: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
1986: Independent Spirit Awards: 4 Nominations including Best Film
Critics' reviews
  • "A terrific movie (...) A beautiful, melancholy, kidding escape fantasy"
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