Down by Law (1986)

R   |    |  Comedy, Crime, Drama

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Two men are framed and sent to jail, where they meet a murderer who helps them escape and leave the state.


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14 May 2019 | pere-25366
| All the elements that make a Jarmusch film come together to create a beautiful story
I've been binging Jarmusch's filmography this week for the first-time knowing little about his films and style of storytelling. In my opinion, this is his greatest achievement. The cinematography is beautiful; all of the river-boating scenes looked incredible. The performances are all great, especially Benigni's who had me in tears from laughter. The pacing is also solid; how these three very different men form a bond is a marvel to experience. On the whole, the story is a unique take on the 'prison film' and operates in that perfect balance of quirky and realistic. If you're like me and you're ripping through Jarmusch films for the first time, I'd say this is a pretty great introduction to the man and his mind.

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Release Date:

25 September 1986


English, Italian, French

Country of Origin

USA, West Germany

Filming Locations

Slidell, Louisiana, USA

Box Office


$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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