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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 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)  »

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One Night in Memphis  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)

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$367,879 (USA)
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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 »

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Where Will parks his truck relative to Earl's Cadillac changes from when he enters the bar to when he leaves. See more »

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Night Clerk: [after hearing the bellboy complain about his uniform] Well, you should do like I do, shit, go over and buy your own damn clothes over at Lansky's, somewhere like that; I mean, you know it's like they say: the clothes make the man. I mean look at that damn hat on your head, you look like a damn mosquito-legged chimpanzee, I mean-
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Memphis Soul Stew
8 May 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jim Jarmusch's follow-up to 1986's "Down By Law" is an engrossing trio of stories revolving around one night in a run-down Memphis hotel. Continuing his tradition of casting musicians as actors, he enlists Joe Strummer as a British Elvis and the late Screamin' Jay Hawkins as the hotel night clerk. R&B great Rufus Thomas appears in the train station, and Tom Waits is the voice of the radio DJ. John Lurie provides the score, along with a fabulous soundtrack of classic Memphis music (from Elvis Presley to the Bar-Kays). The stories are intertwined, with certain events being shown from the perspective of each of the three sets of characters. The town has fallen a bit since its heyday as a musical hotbed, but the spirits of its past can be sensed in the delapidated buildings and landscapes, all lovingly embraced by Jarmusch's lens. All of the night shots were actually filmed at night, and some scenes are subtitled in Japanese and Italian. As is typical with Jarmusch's work, the action unfolds at a leisurely pace, and not without some humor. The film's juxtaposing of cultures is a popular theme with the director, and one he would use again in his next anthology piece, "Night On Earth."


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