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Down by Law -- The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey.
Down by Law -- 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.

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Director:
Writer:
Jim Jarmusch (written by)
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Release Date:
30 October 1986 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
It's not where you start - It's where you start again.
Plot:
The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Noire Fairy Tale: Surprised by Delight See more (82 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Waits ... Zack

John Lurie ... Jack

Roberto Benigni ... Roberto

Nicoletta Braschi ... Nicoletta

Ellen Barkin ... Laurette
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
Adam Cohen ... Uniformed Cop
Alan Kleinberg ... Corpse
Archie Sampier ... Prisoner
David Dahlgren ... Guard #1
Alex Miller ... Guard #2
Eliott Keener ... Guard #3 (as Elliot Keener)
Jay Hilliard ... Guard #4
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Pruitt Taylor Vince ... (scenes deleted)
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Directed by
Jim Jarmusch 
 
Writing credits
Jim Jarmusch (written by)

Produced by
Cary Brokaw .... executive producer
Otto Grokenberger .... executive producer
Alan Kleinberg .... producer
Tom Rothman .... co-producer
Russell Schwartz .... executive producer
Jim Stark .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
John Lurie 
 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Melody London 
 
Production Design by
Janet Densmore 
 
Costume Design by
Carol Wood 
 
Makeup Department
Donita Miller .... hair stylist
Donita Miller .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Rudd Simmons .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guido Chiesa .... second assistant director
Claire Denis .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Janet Densmore .... prop master
Janet Densmore .... set dresser
Roger Knight .... assistant props and sets
 
Sound Department
John Auerbach .... supervising sound editor
Martin Bisi .... additional sound recordist
Matthew Corey .... apprentice sound editor (as Matt Corey)
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Stanley Kastner .... sound re-recordist (as Stan Kastner)
Robin Katz .... second assistant sound editor
Frank Kern .... sound editor
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
Peter Waggoner .... sound re-recordist
Sylvia Waliga .... first assistant sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Anderson .... first assistant camera
Hank Billeaud .... best boy
Hank Billeaud .... gaffer
Theo Cremona .... second assistant camera
Paul Ferrara .... key grip
Christopher Porter .... gaffer
Michael Ruggles .... best boy
Louis Tancredi .... electrician
Louis Tancredi .... swing grip
 
Casting Department
Claudia Splecher .... additional casting
Alison Walsh .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lynn Simpson .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Tim Brennan .... negative matcher
Lori Mozilo .... assistant film editor
Jay Rabinowitz .... apprentice film editor
Tom Salvatore .... color timer
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Doug Bowne .... musician: drums
Curtis Fowlkes .... musician: trombone
Tony Garnier .... musician: acoustic bass
Lisa Krueger .... music coordinator
Tom Lazarus .... music mixer
Tom Lazarus .... music recordist
Arto Lindsay .... musician: guitar
Eugene J. Moye .... musician: cello (as Eugene Moye)
Marc Ribot .... musician: trumpet and banjo
E.J. Rodriguez .... musician: percussion
Nana Vasconcelos .... musician: percussion
 
Other crew
Billy Bragg .... available lighting
Allison Brandin .... production assistant
Joe Catalanotto .... independent studios
Charles De Cuir .... production assistant
Sara Driver .... production troubleshooter
Peter Grand .... script supervisor
Matthew A. Handal .... production assistant (as Matthew Handal)
Kathie Hersch .... production coordinator/auditor
Eric Hoffman .... projectionist
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Tom Jarmusch .... production assistant
Lisa Krueger .... assistant to producer
David Ross McCarty .... location unit manager
Tommy Samona .... production assistant
Stephanie Samuel .... assistant location manager
Ida Schonfeld .... intern
Phil Seifert III .... production assistant
Mary Shelton .... location assistant
Camela Smyke .... office coordinator: New York
Lynn Staats .... production controller
Alison Walsh .... assistant coordinator
 
Thanks
Simon Brook .... special thanks
Don Donigi .... special thanks
Bill Nisselson .... special thanks
Pascale Ogier .... dedicatee
Melvin Pukowsky .... special thanks
Phil Sodano .... special thanks
Enzo Ungari .... dedicatee
Irwin Young .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
107 min
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Trivia:
Roberto Benigni had never been to America prior to this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jack:Julie, what're you doing out here?
Julie:Just watching the light change.
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40 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Noire Fairy Tale: Surprised by Delight, 18 March 2005
Author: (jk-96) from California

This movie was a total surprise to me. I'm sure it's very famous, but somehow had never seen it before. From the beginning scenes, I was expecting a gritty low life, wind up in the gutter, down and out kind of crime movie and that was fine with me, especially if set in New Orleans. At the same time there was a surprising freshness about it, that caught my attention, like a wake up call. Literally, there was writing on the wall that signaled "this is not that kind of movie!" The opening scenes reminded me of the opening of Sopranos -- the rolling shot of a neighborhood with an ominous sounding song in the background. (Were the Sopranos producers inspired by this film?) But once Roberto Benigni appeared on the scene, announcing that "Life is Sad and Beautiful" the whole story began to feel more like a strange fairy tale. Throughout the film, I appreciated the way the director took his time, letting the story evolve slowly, giving the characters time to develop their tenuous bonds. I could watch this again and again, knowing I would keep discovering hidden meanings, references, and ironies. Loved it!!!!

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