Down by Law

Synopsis: DJ Zack and pimp Jack end up in prison for being too laid-back to avoid being framed for crimes they didn't commit. They end up sharing a cell with eccentric Italian optimist Roberto, whose limited command of the English language is both entertaining and infuriating. More useful to them is the fact that Roberto knows an escape route.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Jim Jarmusch
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  4 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

play with me anymore!

I hate you.

You're so damn stubborn and stupid.

And I hate you.

I hate you.

And I'm an idiot

for being with you.

You got me embarrassed

on my own time.

You got no fuckin' future,

Zack, especially not with me.

Not the shoes.

Not the shoes.

- Not the shoes.

- No?

Come on, hit me, motherfucker!

Hit me! Hit me!

I guess it's over

between us, Laurette.

You know, Jack, we could

get some money together.

Except you always blowin' it.

You know, gamblin',

gettin' high, showin' off.

I have to have fun,

you know, baby?

Yeah, yeah, I know.

You always makin'

big, big plans for tomorrow.

You wanna know why?

'Cause you always fuckin' up today.

Look at what happened to that white girl

Julie that you started out with.

She is a mess now.

All the girls you got

are so messed up, except me.

I could tell you a lot of things about

yourself you never even thought about.

Never even entered

your hatchet-shaped head.

But, you know,

you never can be too sure.

My mama used to say that

America is a big meltin' pot.

Because she used to say

when you bring it to a boil,

all the scum rises to the top.

So maybe there's hope

for you yet, Jack.

You listenin' to me?

Shit. You don't understand

any kind of people.

Maybe that's your problem.

You sure don't understand women at all.

And a pimp is at least

supposed to understand women.

If you was a good pimp, you would have

hit me by now or done somethin'.

But I can just lay here

and talk forever...

and you won't hear

a single word,

like you don't even speak English.

Lost inside all them plans you got.

But I know about you, Jack.


You sure can talk, can't you, baby?

- Yes?

- Hey, Jack. It's me, Gig.

Ah, what do you want?

Man, I don't owe you anything.

Man, I got something I know

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Jim Jarmusch

James Robert Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, and composer. He has been a major proponent of independent cinema since the 1980s, directing such films as Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), and Paterson (2016). Stranger Than Paradise was added to the National Film Registry in December 2002. As a musician, Jarmusch has composed music for his films and released two albums with Jozef van Wissem. more…

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