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Mystery Train

Rated R, 113 min. Directed by Jim Jarmusch. Starring Cinqué Lee, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Youki Kudoh, Masatoshi Nagase, Nicoletta Braschi, Elizabeth Bracco, Joe Strummer, Rick Aviles, Steve Buscemi, Tom Noonan, Rufus Thomas, Tom Waits.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., Aug. 12, 1999

Jim Jarmusch applies his minimalist style to the margins of Memphis as seen through the experiences of three sets of foreigners. Consisting of three separate stories, the movie is told in three segments: the first follows two Japanese visitors on an Elvis pilgrimage, the second a widow in town to oversee the transportation of her husband's dead body to Rome, and finally, the story of a drunken, crazy Brit on a bender. Great casting and occasional moments of grace.
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