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Down By Law

  R HD

Jim Jarmusch

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Plot Summary

When fate lands three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, their singular adventure begins. Described by director Jim Jarmusch as a “neo–Beat noir comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring fine performances and crisp black-and-white photography by esteemed cinematographer Robby Müller.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The Jim Jarmusch penchant for off-the-wall characters and odd situations is very much in evidence. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Pure pleasure for comedy connoisseurs. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Nov 15, 2002

Fresh: A true original that kind of grows on you. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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