Mystery Train (1989)

R  |   |  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")
Mitsuko (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Screamin' Jay Hawkins ...
Night Clerk (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Cinqué Lee ...
Bellboy (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Man in Station (segment "Far from Yokohama")
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")
Luisa (segment "A Ghost")
Dee Dee - Charlie's Sister (segment "A Ghost")
Newsvendor (segment "A Ghost")
Man in Arcade Diner (segment "A Ghost")


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 <>

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Release Date:

7 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

One Night in Memphis  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)


$367,879 (USA)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Night Clerk: Well, what about on Jupiter?
Bellboy: At the time of his death, if he were on Jupiter, Elvis would've weighed six-hundred and forty-eight pounds.
Night Clerk: Six-hundred and forty-eight. Damn.
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Mystery Train
Written and performed by Junior Parker
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Quirky movie
4 September 2003 | by (Colorful Colorado) – See all my reviews

Mystery Train is the type of movie that is over before you know it. Serious and funny at the same time. I like the layout of the picture, how all the people's live inter-mingled without touching each other and time started over when the next group of people started their adventure.

Made in 1989, this movie still lives today, just like Elvis! Actually, this movie will be around for a very long time. With quirky being the "norm" for TV and movies now, it fits into the current movie atmosphere even more. I think this one fell in between the time of Twin Peaks & Northern Exposure on network TV and Six Feet Under and Dead Like Me on cable movie channels.

This one ranks way up there with Momento as one of my favorite movies.

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