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Down by Law 
Down by Law review
4/4 stars

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.!!!" Probably one of the most enjoyable and realistic prison films associated with oddball figures. It starts off with an argument between Laurette and Zack (Tom Waits), a DJ. Jack (John Lurie), a pimp, gets framed by the police, so was Zack. Bob (Benigni) joins the mismatched pair in a single cell. Surprisingly funny and provocative with lines "You don't understand any kind of people. Maybe that's your problem." "It is a sad and beautiful world." "Very strange mother, my mother. But I love her." and "And now I have fallen in love, at last. I have finded my new home." The cast did a splendid job with the believable performances. If it had been three different leads, then the on-screen chemistry would have been off. The soundtrack, direction, screenplay and portrayals were faultless. Every scene was essential and detailed. It represents selfishness/imagination/loyalty (Zack), lack of direction/hates authorities/laziness/sanity (Jack) and resourcefulness/humor/amiable nature/recollection (Robert). The conclusion was likewise perfect wich deals with love, forgiveness, finding a new home and a new journey on the road ahead. Down by Law is highly entertaining from start to finish.


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