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Down by Law


Down by Law

Down by Law


"Down by Law" is a movie written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It was released in 1986 and is categorized as a comedy-drama film. The story revolves around three characters: Zack, Jack, and Roberto, who end up in jail for various reasons. Despite their initial conflicts, they eventually form a bond and plan an escape together.

Zack, an unemployed DJ, is framed for a crime he didn't commit and lands in jail. Inside, he meets Jack, a pimp who is also wrongfully accused. The two initially clash but gradually develop a friendship. Their dynamics change when Roberto, an Italian immigrant, joins them. Together, they hatch a plan to break out of prison and embark on an unpredictable journey through the Louisiana bayou.

The film explores themes of friendship, redemption, and the human capacity for connection in unexpected circumstances. Jarmusch's distinctive style is evident in the movie's slow pace, deadpan humor, and black-and-white cinematography. "Down by Law" received critical acclaim for its unique storytelling and performances by actors Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni. It remains a notable entry in Jarmusch's filmography, showcasing his talent for creating offbeat and character-driven narratives.

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Bianca Neethling

When I'm not writing about movies and series, I spend most of my time traveling the world and catching my favorite West End shows. My life is also full of interesting books and I'm addicted to cooking. I believe that words can change the world, and I use them to inspire my readers.

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