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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... See more »

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Zack
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Jack
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Roberto
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Nicoletta
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Laurette
Billie Neal ...
Bobbie
Rockets Redglare ...
Gig
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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
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Guard #1
Alex Miller ...
Guard #2
Eliott Keener ...
Guard #3 (as Elliot Keener)
Jay Hilliard ...
Guard #4
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Directed by

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Jim Jarmusch

Written by

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Jim Jarmusch ... (written by)

Produced by

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Cary Brokaw ... executive producer
Otto Grokenberger ... executive producer
Alan Kleinberg ... producer
Tom Rothman ... co-producer
Russell Schwartz ... executive producer
Jim Stark ... co-producer

Music by

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John Lurie

Cinematography by

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Robby Müller ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Melody London

Editorial Department

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Tim Brennan ... negative matcher
Lori Mozilo ... assistant film editor
Jay Rabinowitz ... apprentice film editor
Tom Salvatore ... color timer
John Dowdell ... hd colorist (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Janet Densmore

Costume Design by

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Carol Wood

Makeup Department

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Donita Miller ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Rudd Simmons ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Guido Chiesa ... second assistant director
Claire Denis ... assistant director

Art Department

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Janet Densmore ... prop master / set dresser
Roger Knight ... assistant props and sets

Sound Department

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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

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Jack Anderson ... first assistant camera
Hank Billeaud ... best boy / gaffer
Theo Cremona ... second assistant camera
Paul Ferrara ... key grip
Christopher Porter ... gaffer
Michael Ruggles ... best boy
Louis Tancredi ... electrician / swing grip

Casting Department

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Claudia Splecher ... additional casting
Alison Walsh ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lynn Simpson ... costume assistant

Location Management

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David Ross McCarty ... location unit manager
Stephanie Samuel ... assistant location manager
Mary Shelton ... location assistant

Music Department

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Doug Bowne ... musician: drums
Curtis Fowlkes ... musician: trombone
Tony Garnier ... musician: acoustic bass
Lisa Krueger ... music coordinator
Tom Lazarus ... music mixer / 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

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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

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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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Plot Summary

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. More useful to them is the fact that Roberto knows an escape route. Written by Michael Brooke

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Taglines It's not where you start - It's where you start again. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Down by Law - Sous le coup de la loi (France)
  • Down by Law - Alles im Griff (Germany)
  • Bajo el peso de la ley (Spain)
  • Içerdekiler (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Pod rukom zakona (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,100,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $49,840, 28 Sep 1986

Did You Know?

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Trivia Roberto Benigni's rabbit soliloquy was almost entirely self-written/improvisation, based on his own life experiences. His mother actually did raise rabbits. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Jockey Full of Bourbon See more »
Quotes [repeated line]
Roberto: I scream-a. You scream-a. We all scream-a. For ice cream-a.
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