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Jack
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Nicoletta
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Billie Neal ...
Bobbie
Rockets Redglare ...
Gig
Vernel Bagneris ...
Preston
Timothea ...
Julie
L.C. Drane ...
L.C.
Joy N. Houck Jr. ...
Detective Mandino (as Joy Houck Jr.)
Carrie Lindsoe ...
Young Girl
Ralph Joseph ...
Detective
Richard Boes ...
Detective
Dave Petitjean ...
Cajun Detective
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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 Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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It's not where you start - It's where you start again.

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Release Date:

30 October 1986 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el peso de la ley  »

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Budget:

$1,100,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,436,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Roberto Benigni had never been to America prior to this film. See more »

Goofs

Zack writes the number of the days that he's spent in cellar on the wall. Before he fights Jack for the first time, he angrily writes two big lines (two days). In the next scene with Roberto they are normal length. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack: Julie, what're you doing out here?
Julie: Just watching the light change.
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Jockey Full of Bourbon
Written and Performed by Tom Waits
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Courtesy Island Records, Inc.
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that simple
3 December 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

It's really that simple. Bring good actors together with decent directorship you get a good movie. No need for CGI or even a very interesting story.

Zack, Jack and Robertino are three very different people. Zack is a pimp, Jack is an unsuccessful DJ, Robertino is an Italian tourist. Somehow they all end up in jail. The first part of the movie shortly presents the kind of life Jack and Zack are living. Only a very brief scene introduces Robertino. The second part of the film shows them all in the same cell getting to know each other. The last part of the film explains their escape. This is not a comedy movie, but at times it is funny. It's not drama either. Yet, there are times you feel sorry for the characters. Each actor presents a very good portray of his character. Watch it, but don't expect an exciting story. Just watch it. It's beauty is in its simplicity.


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