Jim Jarmusch

Mystery Train

Mystery Train

Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams—which, in Mystery Train, from Jim Jarmusch, is Memphis. Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, this triptych of stories pays playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King, who presides over the film like a spirit. Mystery Train is one of Jarmusch’s very best movies, a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world.

Film Info

  • Jim Jarmusch
  • United States
  • 1989
  • 110 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.77:1
  • English
  • Spine #521

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Q&A with Jarmusch in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
  • Excerpts from the 2001 documentary Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me
  • Original documentary on the film's locations and the rich social and musical history of Memphis
  • On-set photos by Masayoshi Sukita and behind-the-scenes photos
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by writers Dennis Lim and Peter Guralnick

New cover by YeeHaw Industries

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Q&A with Jarmusch in which he responds to questions sent in by fans
  • Excerpts from the 2001 documentary Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me
  • Original documentary on the film's locations and the rich social and musical history of Memphis
  • On-set photos by Masayoshi Sukita and behind-the-scenes photos
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by writers Dennis Lim and Peter Guralnick

New cover by YeeHaw Industries

Mystery Train
Cast
Masatoshi Nagase
Jun
Youki Kudoh
Mitzuko
Nicoletta Braschi
Luisa
Elizabeth Bracco
Dee Dee
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Night clerk
Joe Strummer
Johnny
Rick Aviles
Will Robinson
Steve Buscemi
Charlie
Cinqué Lee
Bellboy
Vondie Curtis-Hall
Ed
Rufus Thomas
Man in station
Jodie Markell
Sun Studio guide
Sy Richardson
Newsvendor
Tom Noonan
Man in diner
Sara Driver
Airport clerk
Stephen Jones
The ghost
Credits
Director
Jim Jarmusch
Producer
Jim Stark
Screenplay
Jim Jarmusch
Cinematography
Robby Müller
Editing
Melody London
Music
John Lurie
Associate producer
Demtra MacBride
Line producer
Rudd Simmons
Executive producer
Kunijiro Hirata
Executive producer
Hideaki Suda
Production design
Dan Bishop

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