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Elvis may not be alive, but his spirit continues to permeate the American cultural landscape. Jim Jarmusch pays tribute his legacy in his funky third feature, Mystery Train. The name comes from the great bluesy recording Elvis made for Sun Records in 1955, but the stories of wandering tourists and lost souls drifting through Memphis come from the mind of Jarmusch. Three different tales play out in a single 24-hour period, a loose trilogy spinning around a fleabag hotel manned by a sleepy Screamin' Jay Hawkins and his eager bellboy Cinqué Lee. A young Japanese couple arrives in Memphis to take the Elvis tour, an Italian woman (Nicoletta Braschi of Life Is Beautiful) takes possession of her dead husband's ashes and gets a surprise visit from a wandering spirit, and three Memphis lowlifes (including indie stalwart Steve Buscemi and Clash guitarist Joe Strummer) take an aimless and ultimately fateful midnight cruise around town. Jarmusch lazily unfolds his tales at the speed of life, the unhurried rhythms lending the deadpan mix of quirky Americana, pop culture, and cinematic poetry a quietly lived-in quality, while he juggles timelines in a trick Quentin Tarantino borrowed for Pulp Fiction. The offbeat interweaving is just another pattern to the crazy quilt, lovely examples of the mercurial playfulness of life in Jarmusch's America. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

Masatoshi NagaseJun (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Yûki KudôMitsuko (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Screamin' Jay HawkinsNight Clerk (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Cinqué LeeBellboy (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Rufus ThomasMan in Station (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Jodie MarkellSun Studio Guide (segment "Far From Yokohama")
William HochTourist Family (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Pat HochTourist Family (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Joshua Elvis HochTourist Family (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Reginald FreemanConductor (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Beverly PryeStreetwalker (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Nicoletta BraschiLuisa (segment "A Ghost")
Elizabeth BraccoDee Dee - Charlie's Sister (segment "A Ghost")
Sy RichardsonNewsvendor (segment "A Ghost")
Tom NoonanMan in Arcade Diner (segment "A Ghost")
Stephen JonesThe Ghost (segment "A Ghost")
Lowell RobertsLester (segment "A Ghost")
Sara DriverAirport Clerk (segment "A Ghost")
Richard Boes2nd Man in Arcade Diner (segment "A Ghost")
Darryl DanielWaitress in Arcade Diner (segment "A Ghost")
Calvin BrownPedestrian (segment "A Ghost")
Jim StarkPall Bearer at Airport (segment "A Ghost")
Elan YaariPall Bearer at Airport (segment "A Ghost")
Joe StrummerJohnny aka Elvis (segment "Lost In Space")
Rick AvilesWill Robinson (segment "Lost In Space")
Steve BuscemiCharlie the Barber (segment "Lost In Space")
Vondie Curtis-HallEd (segment "Lost In Space")
Royale JohnsonEarl (segment "Lost In Space")
Winston HoffmanWilbur (segment "Lost In Space")

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Jim Jarmusch
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 110 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 7, 1989
    EuropeDec 8, 1989
    JapanDecember 1989
    AustraliaDec 14, 1989
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaJun 15, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 14, 2001
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