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Mystery Train

  • Comedy
  • Crime/detective
  • 1989
  • Jim Jarmusch
  • 105 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy drama. A seedy Memphis hotel where each room is a shrine to Elvis Presley is the focus for three stories involving two Japanese tourists visiting Graceland, an Italian woman whose flight to Rome is delayed, and an Elvis lookalike down on his luck. As the assorted characters converge on the hotel, the two members of staff appear unperturbed by their unusual clientele.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The first American film to be wholly financed by Japanese cash, this is indie cinema close to its best. Demonstrating his customary, quirky genius for character, director Jim Jarmusch effortlessly weaves together three stories set in a moth-eaten Memphis hotel, which is little more than a seedy shrine to Elvis Presley, whose spirit pervades the entire picture. The scenes involving Japanese rock pilgrims Masatoshi Nagase and Youki Kudoh are a delight, while the postmortem into Joe Strummer and Steve Buscemi's bungled robbery is tantamount to a Tarantino prototype. Capping the lot are the exchanges between night clerk Screamin' Jay Hawkins and bellboy Cinque Lee.

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Credits

Cast

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JunMasatoshi Nagase
MitzukoYouki Kudoh
Night clerkScreamin' Jay Hawkins
BellboyCinqué Lee
LuisaNicoletta Braschi
Dee DeeElizabeth Bracco
GhostStephen Jones
JohnnyJoe Strummer
Will RobinsonRick Aviles
CharlieSteve Buscemi
Voice of radio DJTom Waits

Crew

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DirectorJim Jarmusch

Details

Theatrical distributor
Palace Pictures
Released on
1989-12-08
Languages
English | Japanese | Italian
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, nudity and drug abuse.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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