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

you gonna be interested in, Jack.

I doubt that very much.

- You busy?

- Yes.

- I just want to come up

and talk to you, Jack.

- Uh-huh.

- I wanna prove to you

I'm on your side, man.

- Uh-huh.

- Don't you got just

five minutes to talk?

- No, I don't.

- Come on, Jack.

- Just come up and make it short,

all right?

- I'm on my way up.

- Yeah.

Fatso's on his way up here.

Cover up the merchandise.

Just take this, in case he's gotten

any smarter lately, all right?

Hi, Jack. Where you at?

Hi, babe.

She nice.

Jack, I know how you feel about me...

after what happened

down in Jefferson Parish...

with that spy boy,

and I don't blame you one bit.

But you too serious.

You gotta let

the past be the past, Jack.

I come here tonight

to settle us up.

Now how you gonna be

doin' that, fathead?

By doin' you a favor, a really big favor.

I'm as serious as cancer.

Man, whatever this is,

I know it's bullshit.

Jack, I have been tryin' to find a way

to straighten us out,

and I finally come up with it.

Please, let bygones be bygones.

Man, I can see why you might

wanna be on my good side.

You wanna do me a favor 'cause you know...

you know I'm gonna be big...

- and you wanna be in on it.

- All right, it's no secret.

I know where you're headed.

But just hear me out,

see my little gift,

- and then if you're not interested,

let me know.

- What's the gift?

Oh, man, you gonna die.

I have got a piece of chicken you ain't

even gonna believe is from this planet.

- No, that I might believe.

- Oh, Jack, be serious, man.

This girl is 19.

A beautiful white girl.

A Cajun goddess, man.

A Cajun goddess.

I got her up at

the Belle Chasse Hotel right now.

And she's waiting there

for you, Jack.

My gift to you. The most beautifulest

gift that I could possibly give you.

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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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