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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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Jim Jarmusch

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Jim Jarmusch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Masatoshi Nagase ... Jun (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Yûki Kudô ... Mitsuko (segment "Far from Yokohama") (as Youki Kudoh)
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Screamin' Jay Hawkins ... Night Clerk (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Cinqué Lee ... Bellboy (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Rufus Thomas ... Man in Station (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Jodie Markell ... Sun Studio Guide (segment "Far from Yokohama")
William Hoch William Hoch ... Tourist Family (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Pat Hoch Pat Hoch ... Tourist Family (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Joshua Elvis Hoch Joshua Elvis Hoch ... Tourist Family (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Reginald Freeman Reginald Freeman ... Conductor (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Beverly Prye Beverly Prye ... Streetwalker (segment "Far from Yokohama")
Nicoletta Braschi ... Luisa (segment "A Ghost")
Elizabeth Bracco ... Dee Dee - Charlie's Sister (segment "A Ghost")
Sy Richardson ... Newsvendor (segment "A Ghost")
Tom Noonan ... Man in Arcade Diner (segment "A Ghost")
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese | Italian

Release Date:

17 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Night in Memphis See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$367,879
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Johnny: Don't call me Elvis! If you can't use my proper name, why don't you try "Carl Perkins, Jr." or something? I mean, I don't call them "Sam & Dave", do I?
Dave: Hey, man. My name is Dave.
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Connections

Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Moon
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Very original, and realistic character drama
31 July 2003 | by Phillip FranklinSee all my reviews

I liked this movie, yet it's hard to say exactly why. It was very realistic in it's overall story line yet very original in the way it presented it. The actors almost appeared real in that one was just observing them in real life. I think that was because of the story line, script and direction.

Also this entire movie is like a well thought out three-act play that takes place all at the same time. It is cleverly connected and dramatically effective at getting the viewer's interest in these character interactions over this one night period of time in Memphis. Attention to detail was as good as it could get.

If you are big fan of very high quality and original indie films you should not miss this one. It has the makings of a true classic.


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