• Down by Law (1993)

Down by Law

Release Date: April 15th, 1993

DVD Release Date: October 22nd, 2002

R |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

A disc jockey (Tom Waits), a pimp (John Lurie) and an Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni) escape from jail in New Orleans.

Cast: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Ellen Barkin, Billie Neal, Rockets Redglare, Vernel Bagneris, Nicoletta Braschi

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Island Pictures

Keywords: Escape, Charming, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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 likely to like it. show more

  • 88
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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 Stranger Than Paradise, and a lot less strange, is as up to date as tomorrow and as familiar as yesterday. [19 Sep 1986]

  • 88
    Joseph Jon LanthierSlant Magazine

    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 for lost souls, spotted with cinephiliac mold. show more

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Winner Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (1987)