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Basics Critics:74Viewers:79Rusty:77
Category: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Crime, DramaNotable as: Crime FictionSub-Category: buddy film, comedy film, prison film, independent film, black-and-white film, road movie, drama filmNarrative location: New OrleansRuntime: 103 - 107 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: English, ItalianCountry: United States, GermanyFilming location: New OrleansDirector: Jim JarmuschScreenwriter: Jim JarmuschMusic: John LurieCinematography: Robby MüllerStars: Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Ellen Barkin, Nicoletta Braschi, Joy N. Houck, Jr., Vernel Bagneris, Timothea Beckerman, Rockets Redglare Studio: PolyGram Filmed EntertainmentAwards won: Amanda Award for Best Foreign Feature FilmAward details: (details at IMDb)

Down by Law is a 1986 black-and-white independent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni. The film centers on the arrest, incarceration, and escape from jail of three men. It discards jailbreak film conventions by focusing on the interaction between the convicts rather than on the mechanics of the escape. A key element in the film is Robby Müller's slow-moving camerawork, which captures the architecture of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou to which the cellmates escape.

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