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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)  »

Also Known As:

One Night in Memphis  »

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

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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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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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