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(1986) dir Jim Jarmusch w/Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin [107 min, digital presentation]
The inspired combination of three very different actors (New York hipster jazzman Lurie, Italian comedian Benigni, and gravel-voiced cult musician Waits) lends this ramshackle prison-break tale an inescapable charm. Zack (Waits) and Jack (Lurie) land in a Louisiana jail for, basically, being too lazy to avoid being convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. They soon find themselves sharing a cell with English-impaired Roberto (Benigni) who, aside from being a source of amusement, also offers them a way to escape.
- Read Brattle Film Notes for DOWN BY LAW, written by Brandon Walter Irvine