Saturday, August 16, 2014

Down by Law

Down by Law is a 1986 Jim Jarmusch film. Tom Waits has a role. It deals with the relationships among 3 strangers as they are arrested, imprisoned and then escape from the same prison. I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's a quiet film that takes you along with it.


Slant Magazine gives it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars and says, "Divorcing New Orleans from its stereotypes (there's no ham-fisted Creole dialogue, no digs at the indigenous cuisine), the filmmaker imagines the boiling, boggy city as a purgatory for lost souls, spotted with cinephiliac mold." DVD Talk says, "It's a quiet, peculiar little movie that occasionally jumps at you unexpectedly". EW says, "Jarmusch is more interested in the journey than the destination." Roger Ebert calls it "a true original that kind of grows on you" and says, "it's a good movie, and the more you know about movies, the more you're likely to like it." It has a critics score of 88% at Rotten Tomatoes, and the audience score is even higher.


  1. I remember the first time I visited New Orleans, I didn't see the creole dialogue or other things filmmakers poke fun at. What I saw was the heat, even in February, when I was there, and the Mardi Gras crowds. This sounds like an interesting film.

    1. We saw historic sites mostly. And the French Quarter entertainment area. It's interesting the exaggerations and stereotypes we see about places.