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About the Movie
When fate lands three hapless menan 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 neoBeat 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.
Fresh: The Jim Jarmusch penchant for off-the-wall characters and odd situations is very much in evidence.
Fresh: Pure pleasure for comedy connoisseurs.
Fresh: A true original that kind of grows on you.
ABSOfreakingLUTELY FANTASTIC film.
Well done, Mr. Jarmusch. I can't imagine improving on this film's settings, score, cast, and writing. Top notch comedy, with so many poignant human moments.
This was terrible. Cinematography...good, but the acting stank, plot development was woeful. How long should it take to arrest 3 "innocent" men and get the story moving?
A sad and beautiful film
An absolute masterpiece... funny as hell with moments of quiet tragedy. I've seen it at least a half dozen times and look forward to watching it another half dozen times. Brilliant acting by the three leads. Tom Waits is at his best.