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Mystery Train (1989)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  7 November 1989 (USA)
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Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masatoshi Nagase ...
Jun (segment "Far From Yokohama")
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Mitsuko (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Screamin' Jay Hawkins ...
Night Clerk (segment "Far From Yokohama")
Cinqué Lee ...
Bellboy (segment "Far From Yokohama")
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Man in Station (segment "Far From Yokohama")
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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")
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Luisa (segment "A Ghost")
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Dee Dee - Charlie's Sister (segment "A Ghost")
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Newsvendor (segment "A Ghost")
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Man in Arcade Diner (segment "A Ghost")
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A Japanese couple obsessed with 1950s America goes to Memphis because the male half of the couple emulates Carl Perkins. Chance encounters link three different stories in the city, with the common thread being the seedy hotel where they are all staying. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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7 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

One Night in Memphis  »

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$367,879 (USA)
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This film contains some of the last known footage of Stax Records. See more »

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After Charlie drops the liquor bottle, the position of the glass fragments change between shots. See more »

Quotes

Night Clerk: [both stare at a plum on the counter, neither saying a thing] I don't think you should eat that thing.
Bellboy: Yeah, you're probably right.
Night Clerk: You gonna eat it?
Bellboy: No, I'm not gonna eat that thing.
[at this, the night clerk casually reaches over and eats the plum in one bite]
Bellboy: Hey...you ate my plum!
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Haunting and humorous triptych from amazing Jarmusch
5 January 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Mystery Train is a moody and atmospheric gem surrounding a flea-bag Memphis hotel. Great performances are dished out (Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Cinque Lee are hilarious in an argument over exotic fruits from foreign lands) all around, but I favor the dynamic duo of Youki Kudoh and Masatoshi Nagase. Their characters are "far from Yokohama," but love will find its way to Tennessee. The lighting of a cigarette, an impressive t-shirt collection, an argument over the merits of Carl Perkins versus The King, the smearing of some crimson lipstick, and an exhilarating invitation to bed -- the minutiae of a special bond beyond mere chemistry. The combination of Nagase's dour, glowering sourpuss and Kudoh's charming, enthusiastic pixie makes for a volcanic cocktail.


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