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Mystery Train Details


Written and directed by the ever-unpredictable Jim Jarmusch, Mystery Train is comprised of three short anecdotes involving foreign tourists in Tennessee. Each story is set in a fleabag Memphis hotel which has been redressed as a "tribute" to Elvis Presley. Story one involves two Japanese tourists whose devotion to '50s American rock music blinds them to everything around them. Story two finds eternal victim Luisa (Nicoletta Braschi) sharing a room with stone-broke Dee Dee (Elizabeth Bracco) and having her problems solved by a spectral vision of the King. And story three offers the further misadventures of Dee Dee, her no-good boyfriend, and her dysfunctional family. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 17, 1989


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Youki Kudoh Best Actress 1989 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Jim Jarmusch Best Artistic Contribution 1989 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Jim Jarmusch Best Director 1989 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jim Jarmusch Best Screenplay 1989 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Steve Buscemi Best Supporting Actor 1989 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Robby Müller Best Cinematography 1989 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Screamin' Jay Hawkins Best Supporting Actor 1989 Nominee


Masatoshi Nagase
as Jun
Youki Kudoh
as Mitzuko
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
as Night Clerk
Nicoletta Braschi
as Luisa
Cinqué Lee
as Bellboy
Elizabeth Bracco
as Dee Dee
Rufus Thomas
as Man in Station
Joe Strummer
as Johnny
Rick Aviles
as Will Robinson
Sy Richardson
as News Vendor
Tom Noonan
as Man in Diner
Stephen Jones
as The Ghost
Steve Buscemi
as Charlie
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Ed
Tom Waits
as Radio D.J/Voice
Elan Yaari
as Pall Bearer
Darryl Daniel
as Waitress
Reginald Freeman
as Conductor
Pat Hoch
as Tourist Family
Lowell Roberts
as Lester
Rockets Redglare
as Liquor Store Clerk
D'Army Bailey
as Pool Player
Jodie Markell
as Sun Studio Guide
Sara Driver
as Airport Clerk
Winston Hoffman
as Wilbur
Calvin Brown
as Pedestrian
Richard Boes
as Second Man in Diner
Royale Johnson
as Earl
Beverly Prye
as Streetwalker
Jim Stark
as Pall Bearer
Charles Ponder
as Pool Player
Karen Longwell
Marvell Thomas
as Dave, Pool Player


Jim Jarmusch
Jim Stark
Rudd Simmons
Jim Jarmusch
Robby Müller
John Lurie
Composer (Music Score)
Melody London
Dan Bishop
Production Designer
Demetra J. Macbride
Associate Producer
Dianna Freas
Set Designer
Kathie Hersch
Production Manager
Rudd Simmons
Line Producer
Meredith Soupios
Robert Laden