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Mystery Train (1989)



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A tacky, low-rent Memphis motel dedicated to Elvis Presley is the setting for this anecdotal comedy-drama. The film tells three overlapping but distinct stories taking place over the course of one evening, featuring foreign tourists, criminals on the run, and the spirit of the King himself.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Jarmusch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 2000
Orion Home Video


Youki Kudoh
as Mitsuko
Rufus Thomas
as Man in Station
Rick Aviles
as Will Robinson
Cinqué Lee
as Bellboy
Sy Richardson
as Newsvendor
Stephen Jones
as The Ghost
Tom Noonan
as Man in Diner
Tom Waits
as Radio DJ
Joshua Elvis Hoch
as Tourist Studio Guide
Jodie Markell
as Sun Studio Guide
William Hoch
as Tourist Family
Pat Hoch
as Tourist Family
Beverly Prye
as Streetwalker
Sara Driver
as Airport Clerk
Richard Boes
as Second Man in Diner
Darryl Daniel
as Waitress
Calvin Brown Jr.
as Pedestrian
Jim Stark
as Pall Bearer
Elan Yaari
as Pall Bearer
Marvell Thomas
as Dave, Pool Player
Charles Ponder
as Pool Player
D'Army Bailey
as Pool Player
Rockets Redglare
as Liquor Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Mystery Train

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

The three-part structure of Mystery Train is still a bit shambling and slight, but there's an undeniable air of deadpan cool that permeates the film and gives it a haunting sense of place.

Full Review… | June 10, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Happily, Jarmusch's formal inventiveness is framed by a rare flair for zany entertainment ...

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's the best thing Mr. Jarmusch has done to date.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Certainly Jarmusch brings back his favorite predilections (and probably always will), but he makes his passengers interesting, kicks the plot off the platform whenever possible and keeps the way ahead refreshingly uncertain.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

If there is a rationale for what takes place on-screen, it's not evident. Things happen, and nothing means anything.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The best thing about "Mystery Train" is that it takes you to an America you feel you ought to be able to find for yourself, if you only knew where to look.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mystery Train

Another classic from Jarmusch with the backdrop of Memphis and featuring great performances especially from Mr. Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Mystery Train was capable of much better. It's divided into thirds; the first portion is the best, far and away. The Japanese couple are the richest characters, have the best dialogue, and experience the most interesting situations. The second portion is uninvolving, with a couple of gleaming moments to be taken from the chaff. The third is just dumb.

The fact that these three stories overlap time is a purposeless gimmick - something to tie these incongruous tales together. Ideally, you'd do best just watching the first forty minutes and shutting the movie off.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer


Has its moments, but not the best movie ever made.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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