Down by Law

Down by Law

Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1986 • United States

Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together 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, a singular adventure ensues. Described by Jarmusch as a "neo-Beat noir comedy" DOWN BY LAW is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white cinematography by the esteemed Robby Müller.

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Down by Law
  • Down by Law

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1986 • United States

    Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film Stranger Than Paradise with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together three hapless men--an unemployed disc jockey (T...

Extras

  • Cannes Film Festival: Press Conference

    The following 1986 press conference features DOWN BY LAW director Jim Jarmusch, executive producer Otto Grokenberger, actor-composer John Lurie, and actors Nicoletta Braschi and Roberto Benigni. The color loss evident in the image is inherent in the master footage.

  • “It’s All Right with Me”

    Tom Waits recorded the Cole Porter classic “It’s All Right with Me” for the 1990 AIDS benefit album “Red Hot + Blue.” This music video for the song was directed by Jim Jarmusch in Los Angeles in 1989. Also included is an audio interview with Jarmusch in which he describes the making of the video.

  • Cannes Film Festival: John Lurie

    This interview with actor-composer John Lurie was shot for French television during the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.

  • Outtakes

    The following outtakes were assembled by Jay Rabinowitz, apprentice editor on DOWN BY LAW, who went on to edit many of Jim Jarmusch’s subsequent films.

  • Robby Müller on DOWN BY LAW

    This interview with DOWN BY LAW cinematographer Robby Müller was recorded at the Hortus Botanical Garden in Amsterdam in 2002.

  • Original Theatrical Trailer