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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:
Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
atmospheric without much tension See more (94 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... (scenes deleted)

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)
 
Location Management
David Ross McCarty .... location unit manager
Stephanie Samuel .... assistant location manager
Mary Shelton .... location assistant
 
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
Tommy Samona .... production assistant
Ida Schonfeld .... intern
Phil Seifert III .... production 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Nicoletta Braschi, who plays the Italian woman, is Roberto Benigni's wife in real life.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
CryingSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
atmospheric without much tension, 7 July 2015
Author: SnoopyStyle

In New Orleans, Radio DJ Zack (Tom Waits) is berated by his girlfriend Laurette (Ellen Barkin) for losing his job. He gets $1000 to drive a car across town but the cops stop him and find a dead body in the trunk. Jack (John Lurie) is a pimp who is offered a new young white girl. Before he notices that she's underage, cops bust in and arrest him. They end up in the same cell and Roberto (Roberto Benigni) who speaks little English is brought in. He writes down phrases that strike him. He tells them that he's a card cheat who killed a man with the pool 8-ball. Then he leads them on a breakout.

The camera lingers in slow moving long continuous scenes. The sparse settings give a surreal feel to it all. Everything has a dreamlike quality. It has an interesting atmosphere but it doesn't have much tension which is Jim Jarmusch's style.

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