• Mystery Train (1989)

Mystery Train

Release Date: November 22nd, 1989

DVD Release Date: March 28th, 2000

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

A seedy hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, provides the backdrop for three separate tales, featuring everything from a kitsch-obsessed Japanese couple (Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh) to a trio of amateur robbers (Joe Strummer, Rick Aviles, Steve Buscemi) who discover the true nature of their relationship during a botched heist. Linking the stories together is the hotel's eccentric and creepy night clerk (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) as well as the spirit of Elvis Presley.

Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Nicoletta Braschi, Joe Strummer, Youki Kudoh, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Cinqué Lee, Elizabeth Bracco, Rick Aviles

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Genres: Drama , Comedy drama

Production Co: JVC Entertainment

Keywords: Offbeat, Love, 1980s, Husband, Hotel, Fall, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    This bracing, original comedy may be mostly smoke and air, but it's not insubstantial. Mystery Train insinuates itself into the memory and lingers on. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    There is a deep embedding of comedy, nostalgia, shabby sadness and visual beauty. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Jarmusch's presence as a director is always felt, from moment to moment, in ways that are small but never random. Even establishing shots -- exteriors of buildings -- suggest his sardonic, quietly despairing vision. With Mystery Train, Jarmusch comes of age. [21 Dec 1989, p.E1]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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