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Year
1986
Runtime
107 min.
Director
Jim Jarmusch
Genres
Crime, Drama, Comedy
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
35,344
Checks
6,925
Favs
830
Dislikes
43
Favs/checks
12.0% (1:8)
Favs/dislikes
19:1
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  1. MathianSim's avatar

    MathianSim

    The best buddie movie ever. 9 years 9 months ago
  2. airi86ja's avatar

    airi86ja

    Its truly amazing feeling to watch such an old movie in cinema - it gives you extra emotions.
    I loved the film so much! It's so delicate, funny, musical.
    R. Benigni made me laugh all the time.
    Tom Waits was extraordinary and crazy so much.
    To sum up: one of the greatest comedies i've ever seen.
    Best compliments to J. Jarmusch once again.
    11 years 12 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Jim Jarmusch is the king of offbeat decisions, and Down by Law is a good example - the characters, the pacing, the choice of what to look at, everything takes a left when another movie would take a right. Indeed, bifurcation is one of the themes. Three men make a wrong decision and find themselves in a Louisiana parish jail (mostly on bum raps), Robert Frost is evoked, and the film ends on a fork in the road (and the third choice of not moving at all). And no closure. In a final twist, the audience is left to its own devices and asked to decide which path is the better one. A jazzy atmosphere pervades, a music of many paths. I'm not entirely convinced by the free-form plot, but the cinematography often makes up for the film's listlessness - clever lighting cues, wonderful bayou shots in nitrate silver... I think my main problem is probably with Roberto Benigni, who I don't find that funny, or for the most part, intelligible (though I love his dance at the end), but his energy is a good contrast to Tom Waits' and John Lurie's, who are, first and foremost, musicians (who, in fact, collaborated on the score). Their stillness makes them the better actors here. 1 year 11 months ago
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