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Encyclopedia > Mystery Train (film)
Mystery Train

Poster for Mystery Train
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Produced by Jim Stark
Written by Jim Jarmusch
Starring Youki Kudoh
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Nicoletta Braschi
Joe Strummer
Steve Buscemi
Music by John Lurie
Cinematography Robbie Müller
Editing by Melody London
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) May 1989 (Cannes Film Festival)
November 7, 1989 (USA)
Running time 113 min.
Language English
Italian
Japanese
Budget $2,800,000
IMDb profile

Mystery Train is a 1989 anthology film written and directed by independent film director Jim Jarmusch and set in Memphis, Tennessee. The Film is comprised of three different stories set on the same night. They are linked by one run-down hotel run by Night Clerk (played by Screamin' Jay Hawkins) and his dishevelled bellboy Cinque Lee, a scene featuring Elvis Presley's "Blue Moon" and a gunshot. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio) is a noted American independent film director. ... Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio) is a noted American independent film director. ... Youki Kudoh[1] , born January 17, 1971) is a Japanese actress and singer. ... Screamin Jay Hawkins Jalacy Hawkins, best known as Screamin Jay Hawkins (July 18, 1929 – February 12, 2000) was an African-American singer famed for his wildly theatrical performances of songs like I Put a Spell on You and Constipation Blues. // Some sources believe that Hawkins is the long-lost brother... Nicoletta Braschi worked with Roberto Benigni in a lot of his films. ... For other persons named John Mellor, see John Mellor (disambiguation). ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... John Lurie (December 14, 1952) is an actor, musician, painter and producer born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. In 1978 he formed The Lounge Lizards, initially a New-York-car-crash jazz combo with his brother Evan Lurie. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... An anthology film or omnibus film or portmanteau film is a film consisting of several different short films, often tied together by only a single theme, premise, or brief interlocking event (often a turning point). ... An independent film, or indie film, is usually a low-budget film that is produced by a small movie studio. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio) is a noted American independent film director. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... Screamin Jay Hawkins Jalacy Hawkins, best known as Screamin Jay Hawkins (July 18, 1929 – February 12, 2000) was an African-American singer famed for his wildly theatrical performances of songs like I Put a Spell on You and Constipation Blues. // Some sources believe that Hawkins is the long-lost brother... “Elvis” redirects here. ... Cover of sheet music for Blue Moon arranged by Jeff Funk, scored by SATB choir, and published by Alfred Publishing Co. ...


Plot

The first story, "Far From Yokohama", features a teenage couple from Yokohama, Japan--Mitzuko and Jun--travelling across America. They have made an almost holy pilgrimage to Memphis. Mitzuko is obsessed with Elvis Presley, and even, in one scene "deduces" that Elvis was the basis for Madonna and the Statue Of Liberty. Their story follows their holiday, including an exhaustive trip to Sun Records and the film's sex scene. Their story also features a cameo by legend Rufus Thomas as an old man in a train station. For the town of Yokohama in Aomori Prefecture, see Yokohama, Aomori. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known as simply Madonna, is a six-time Grammy[1] and one-time Golden Globe award winning American pop singer, songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and fashion icon. ... For other monuments to freedom, see Monument of Liberty. ... Label of the fourth Sun Records Sun Records has been the name for four 20th century record labels. ... Sex scene is a term used to describe a scene in a non-pornographic motion picture which completely focuses on the character(s) while they engage in an act of sex. ... Rufus 1990 album for Alligator Records, That Woman Is Poison! Rufus Thomas (March 26, 1917 – December 15, 2001) was a rhythm and blues and soul singer from Memphis, Tennessee, who recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. ...


The second story, "A Ghost", follows a stop-over with an Italian Widow (possibly Mafia), Luisa, escorting her husband's coffin back to Italy. Stuck in Memphis for the night (after being conned twice and stuck with armfuls of magazines), she is forced to share a room with Dee Dee, a young woman who talks constantly. When Dee Dee does finally shut up and get to sleep, Luisa still doesn't get any sleep, after a visit from Memphis' most famous export...Elvis Presley. For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ...


In the final story, "Lost In Space", we get to meet Dee Dee's husband, Johnny (aka Elvis, much to his chagrin) played by former Clash front-man Joe Strummer. Having drunk himself silly after losing his job and brandishing a gun, Johnny, along with his buddy Will Robinson (former stand-up comic Rick Aviles) and brother-in-law Charlie (Steve Buscemi), robs a liquor store, severely wounding the owner in the process, and spends the night hiding out in the hotel getting drunk. This results in Charlie getting shot in the leg, only to find out that Johnny isn't his real brother-in-law. Come morning the three escape a police car that isn't even looking for them. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other persons named John Mellor, see John Mellor (disambiguation). ... Rick Aviles, (born Richard Anthony Aviles) October 14, 1952 - March 17, 1995, was a stand-up comedian who is best remembered for the role of Willie Lopez in the movie Ghost. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ...


Trivia

  • Jim Jarmusch's wife Sara Driver makes an appearance in the movie as an airport clerk.
  • Tom Waits makes a voice appearance as the radio DJ

Sara Driver at the Miami International Film Festival Sara Driver is an independent filmmaker long associated (onscreen and off) with director Jim Jarmusch. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ...

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