Video Release: April 1, 2014
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: Criterion Collection
- Runtime: 107 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
Jim Jarmusch's quirky follow-up to his groundbreaking 1984 debut, STRANGER THAN PARADISE, is a comic fable about finding the American dream in the most unlikely of places. After being thrown out of the house by his girlfriend, Zack (Tom Waits), an out-of-work DJ, takes a job driving a stolen car with a body in the trunk across the state line. He is arrested and put into a cell with Jack (John Lurie), a pimp who's been busted for recruiting a minor. The trio is completed when Roberto (the always hysterical Roberto Benigni), an Italian tourist who is arrested for killing a man while playing cards, joins them in their cell. Eventually, Roberto succeeds in convincing Zack and Jack to break out of jail with him. But when they do, the escapees find themselves lost in the bayou with no salvation in sight. It isn’t until they land at the small home of an Italian immigrant (Nicoletta Braschi) that Zack, Jack, and Roberto learn to appreciate the beauty the world has to offer. Robby Muller’s gorgeously contrasted black-and-white photography adds an artistic dimension to Jarmusch’s film, which only heightens the performances by the three leads.
Produced in association with A Black Snake/Grokenberger Film production.
Other musical performers were: Marc Ribot (score performer/trumpet and banjo), Curtis Fowlkes (score performer/trombone), Doug Bowne (score performer/drums), E.J. Rodriguez (score performer/percussion), Tony Garnier (score performer/acoustic bass), Eugene Moye (score performer/cello) and Irma Thomas (song performer, "It's Only Raining").
Lisa Krueger was the musical coordinator. Naomi Neville was the song composer for "It's Only Raining."