Mystery Train (1989)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Urban Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 17, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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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.

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foreign, Italian [nationality], Japanese [nationality], motel, tourist, criminal, ghost, widow/widower, Americana, pop-culture, train [locomotive]

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Cult Film, High Artistic Quality, High Production Values