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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.

Director:

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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Genres:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This film contains some of the last known footage of Stax Records. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jun: [after making love] Mitzuko... do women always worry about their hairstyle?
Mitzuko: [angrily] What are you talking about? In all the times we've made love - and this is number 11 - I've never once thought about my hairstyle!
Jun: Eleven?
Mitzuko: And if that's what you're thinking, try shaving first next time.
Jun: [touching his face] But I just shaved two days ago.
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Crazy Credits

For Sara See more »

Connections

References The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

The Memphis Train
Written by Rufus Thomas, Mack Rice and Willie Sparks
Performed by Rufus Thomas
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mystery train and all of jarmusch's films
10 December 2001 | by paranoidandroid-1See all my reviews

jim jarmusch affects his viewers in curious ways. in mystery train, he presents a series of situations, sometimes filled with off-beat humor, sometimes filled with tenderness, and, in one instance, characterized by one violent moment. on the whole, every moment is affecting, every moment is moving. jarmusch sees the world with such sensitivity and humor, such affection; there is no place for cynics or satirists. jarmusch has never emphasized technical virtuosity. his virtuosity, rather, is his ability to place characters who he obviously cares for in situations which endear them to the audience, his ability to show, with simple gestures and moments (like mitzuko's unorthodox cigarette lighting technique) our beauty, humanity's beauty, is our idiosyncracy and differences. steven soderbergh states that technical perfection is not as important as cinematic energy. jarmusch films have energy; it quiet, polite, lovely energy, but energy nonetheless.


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