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Mystery Train (1989)

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Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley.

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Jun (segment "Far from Yokohama")
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Mitsuko (segment "Far from Yokohama")
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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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17 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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The radio DJ is voiced by singer and actor Tom Waits. Waits also plays a radio DJ in 'Down by law (1986)', another film from Jim Jarmusch. See more »

Goofs

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-
[he abruptly breaks up]
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Mystery Train
Written by Junior Parker
Performed by Elvis Presley
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a compelling trio
4 January 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Director, Jim Jarmush showed great form with this movie, but has done little of note since. This simple trio of stories set in a seedy Memphis hotel are linked by a single event and each one is introduced by the hotel concierge and bellboy. The acute realism of this film is its most notable achievement. The Japanese rock 'n' roll fans touring sites of rock history, the wealthy Italian lady forced to spend the night with a lush, and the three hapless crooks are so believable it is almost necessary for the interjections of the larger-than-life concierge played by Screaming Jay Hawkins. The film is compelling without ever becoming over complicated or wildly action packed.


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