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Director:
Writer:
Jim Jarmusch (written by)
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Release Date:
7 November 1989 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An outsider's look at America See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Masatoshi Nagase ... Jun (segment "Far From Yokohama")

Yûki Kudô ... Mitsuko (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Screamin' Jay Hawkins ... Night Clerk (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Cinqué Lee ... Bellboy (segment "Far From Yokohama")

Rufus Thomas ... Man in Station (segment "Far From Yokohama")

Jodie Markell ... Sun Studio Guide (segment "Far From Yokohama")
William Hoch ... Tourist Family (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Pat Hoch ... Tourist Family (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Joshua Elvis Hoch ... Tourist Family (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Reginald Freeman ... Conductor (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Beverly Prye ... Streetwalker (segment "Far From Yokohama")

Nicoletta Braschi ... Luisa (segment "A Ghost")

Elizabeth Bracco ... Dee Dee - Charlie's Sister (segment "A Ghost")

Sy Richardson ... Newsvendor (segment "A Ghost")

Tom Noonan ... Man in Arcade Diner (segment "A Ghost")
Stephen Jones ... The Ghost (segment "A Ghost")
Lowell Roberts ... Lester (segment "A Ghost")

Sara Driver ... Airport Clerk (segment "A Ghost")
Richard Boes ... 2nd Man in Arcade Diner (segment "A Ghost")
Darryl Daniel ... Waitress in Arcade Diner (segment "A Ghost")
Calvin Brown ... Pedestrian (segment "A Ghost")
Jim Stark ... Pall Bearer at Airport (segment "A Ghost")
Elan Yaari ... Pall Bearer at Airport (segment "A Ghost")

Joe Strummer ... Johnny aka Elvis (segment "Lost In Space")

Rick Aviles ... Will Robinson (segment "Lost In Space")

Steve Buscemi ... Charlie the Barber (segment "Lost In Space")

Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Ed (segment "Lost In Space")
Royale Johnson ... Earl (segment "Lost In Space")
Winston Hoffman ... Wilbur (segment "Lost In Space")
Rockets Redglare ... Liquor Store Clerk (segment "Lost In Space")
Marvell Thomas ... Pool Player 1 (segment "Lost In Space")
Charles Ponder ... Pool Player 2 (segment "Lost In Space")
D'Army Bailey ... Pool Player 3 (segment "Lost In Space")

Tom Waits ... Radio D.J (segment "Lost In Space") (voice)

Directed by
Jim Jarmusch 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jim Jarmusch  written by

Produced by
Kunijiro Hirata .... executive producer
Demetra J. MacBride .... associate producer (as Demetra MacBride)
Rudd Simmons .... line producer
Jim Stark .... producer
Hideaki Suda .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Lurie 
 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Melody London 
 
Production Design by
Dan Bishop 
 
Set Decoration by
Dianna Freas 
 
Costume Design by
Carol Wood 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Laden .... special makeup artist (as Bob Laden)
Meredith Soupios .... hair stylist supervisor
Meredith Soupios .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Kathie Hersch .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Heffron .... first assistant director (as Eric 'Elvis' Heffron)
Constance L. Hoy .... second assistant director (as Connie Hoy)
 
Art Department
Jeff Butcher .... prop master
Dianna Freas .... hotel room paintings
Eric Gruber .... construction coordinator
Takuya Matsuyama .... special props: Tokyo
Tom Mittlestadt .... assistant props
 
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... dialogue editor
Jeanne Atkin .... apprentice sound editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marco Constanza)
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording mixer: Todd A/O East
Eugene Gearty .... sound effects editor
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor
Mary Hickey .... assistant sound editor
Frank Kern .... dialogue editor
Lori Kornspun .... adr editor
Drew Kunin .... location sound mixer
Deborah Martin .... apprentice sound editor
Ahmad Shirazi .... dialogue editor
Sylvia Waliga .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Gary L. King .... special effects coordinator (as Gary King)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Katherine M. Butler .... second assistant camera (as Kate Butler)
Paul Ferrara .... key grip
Mark Higashino .... assistant still photographer
Paul Leonard .... additional grip
Chris Lombardi .... first assistant camera (as Cris Lombardi)
David Mackay .... third electrician
John Joseph Minardi .... third grip (as John Minardi)
Robert O'Bleness .... additional electrician
Christopher Porter .... gaffer
Melvin Pukowsky .... best boy (as Melvin Pukowsky Jr.)
Masayoshi Sukita .... still photographer
Eric Wilson .... additional electrician
Naomi Wise .... fourth electrician
Elan Yaari .... best boy
 
Casting Department
Noriko Murao .... casting: Tokyo, Meries Casting Co.
Novella Smith .... local casting
Kohta Yamada .... casting: Tokyo, Meries Casting Co.
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Kerrigan .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Tim Brennan .... negative matcher
Dana Congdon .... apprentice film editor
Jay Rabinowitz .... assistant film editor
Gene Zippo .... color timer
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Doug Bowne .... musician: drums (as Douglas B. Bowne)
Tony Garnier .... musician: bass
Valerie Goodman .... score coordinator
Tom Lazarus .... music recording engineer
John Lurie .... musician: guitar and harmonica
Marc Ribot .... musician: guitar and banjo
 
Transportation Department
Pat Stubbs .... transportation
Charles Walsh .... transportation
 
Other crew
Jamaine Bell .... production assistant: Memphis
Beth Bernstein .... assistant production coordinator
Michael Berry .... location manager
Molly Bradford .... assistant to producer
Steve Carroll .... production insurance: Albert G. Ruben, Inc.
Peggy Craven .... production assistant: New York
Anna Doyle Jefferson .... production assistant: Memphia
Karen Eisenstadt .... production auditor
Yoshiko Furusawa .... interpreter
Richard Heller .... legal services: Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein and Selz
Donna Hester .... assistant location manager
Sam Jackson .... adr voice
Bobby Jay .... adr voice
Georgia Kacandes .... production coordinator
Tina Klein .... production assistant: New York
Lisa Krueger .... script supervisor
Karen Longwell .... adr voice
Ian MacDougall .... translator: English
Elisabeth Myles .... script supervisor
Kazuki Ohmori .... translator: Japanese (as Kazuki Oomori)
Todd Pfeiffer .... key set production assistant
Stacy Robison .... assistant auditor
Christa Saredi .... world sales: Saredi Film
Kerry Sherin .... office coordinator: New York
Paul Snow .... production assistant: Memphis
Danielle Sotet .... post-production auditor
Tom Stocker .... adr voice
Jeff Taylor .... production assistant: Memphis
Ralph Wakefield .... adr voice
George Walden .... production insurance: Albert G. Ruben, Inc.
Jan Walker .... assistant location manager
Noel Wiggins .... production assistant: Memphis
Sherman Willmot .... production assistant: Memphis
 
Thanks
Roberto Benigni .... special thanks (as Bob Benigni)
Howard Brookner .... special thanks
Becky Dinstuhl .... special thanks
Don Donigi .... special thanks: processing and prints
Seth Gelblum .... special thanks
Al Gore .... special thanks (as Senator Albert Gore)
Gary Hardy .... special thanks
Masahiro Inbe .... special thanks
Fumio Kurokawa .... special thanks
Bill Nisselson .... special thanks: Sound One
Hiromasa Shimada .... special thanks
Phil Sodano .... special thanks: processing and prints
Irwin Young .... special thanks: processing and prints
 

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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-12 | France:Unrated | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The hotel where the three stories converge is no longer standing, so many fans of the movie have made pilgrimages to the site only to find that it no longer exists. It can, however, be seen in the background of the scene in Great Balls of Fire! (1989), in the scene where Alec Baldwin is preaching from his broken-down car.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Charlie drops the liquor bottle, the position of the glass fragments change between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Johnny:Don't call me Elvis! If you can't use my proper name, why don't you try "Carl Perkins, Jr." or something? I mean, I don't call them "Sam & Dave", do I?
Dave:Hey, man. My name is Dave.
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Movie Connections:
References Blue Velvet (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Soul FingerSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
An outsider's look at America, 16 September 2000
Author: rdoyle29 from Winnipeg, Canada

"Mystery Train" is a witty look at different aspects of one of the crazes of our time, the worship of Elvis Presley. The cast includes cult performers like Tom Noonan (the serial killer in Michael Mann's "Manhunter"), Steve Buscemi, and singer Tom Waits (heard on the radio), and it is directed by one of America's leading independent directors. "Mystery Train" is possibly Jim Jarmusch's most immaculate film, and though the movie gets steadily darker in its comic tone, it is his least bleak work to date. The patterning is precise, the film growing richer as the three strands are finally woven together, or perhaps unwoven, as the characters go their separate ways. Robbie Muller, the great Dutch cameraman who shot Alex Cox's "Repo Man" and Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas", once more brings an outsider's perspective to the American landscape, giving the night scenes and hotel interiors a Hopperesque look and endowing a dilapidated section of Memphis with an elegaic sadness.

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