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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:

Japan | USA

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:

$1,541,218

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,544,973
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The book Luisa is reading when she is approached by the man with a story about Elvis' ghost is "Orlando Furioso" (The Frenzy of Orlando), an Italian epic poem by Ludovico Ariosto. 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

Newsvendor: What can I do you for?
Luisa: I would like to buy this newspaper.
Newsvendor: Well now, you should buy this one here as well. The Tri-State Defender.
Luisa: No, thank you. I think I need only this one.
Newsvendor: Well, you know, you only need one leg to get around on if that's all you got. But it sure helps having two, now, doesn't it?
Luisa: Oh, well, uh, yes. This one too.
Newsvendor: How about some magazines?
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

Referenced in Brows Held High: Dead Man (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Mystery Train
Written by Junior Parker and Sam Phillips (uncredited)
Performed by Elvis Presley
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Quirky movie
4 September 2003 | by SuzieBorgtSee 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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