Trapped in an overcrowded cell, a disc jockey (Tom Waits), a pimp (John Lurie) and an Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni) bicker, sing and hatch an escape plan. Once free, the unlikely trio journey aimlessly through a maze of deep-south swampland until Benigni unwillingly stumbles upon his version of the American dream and bids his companions farewell.
On release, New York Times Critic Vincent Canby said, “the excitement [of Down by Law] comes from the realization that we are seeing a true film maker at work, using film to create a narrative that couldn't exist on the stage or the printed page of a novel.”
Down By Law
Opens 27 Dec
Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-beat-noir-comedy” Down By Law, pits thoroughly cool musicians Tom Waits and John Lurie against the cross-cultural clowning of Roberto Benigni in this jailhouse comedy set in the Louisiana bayou.