Mystery Train

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Jim Jarmusch
Production: Orion Home Video
  1 win & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

that was soon played on the radio...

by deejay Dewey Phillips in the year 1954,

probably July 9 or 10.

He would have to play that song somewhere

between seven and 11 times that night.

Well, the switchboard stayed lit up there.

People wanted to know

if he was black, if he was white.

White callers would call.

Black callers would call.

The bottom line was

the song was gonna be a hit.

She talks so fast.

I'm all worn out.

Not Graceland right now.

Is that okay?

Yeah. It's okay with me.

But I was sort of looking forward

to Graceland.

Really? I thought you didn't want to go.

Let's just walk around.


Hey, my turn in front.

Jesus. What am I - fuckin' stupid?

Hi. Fish?

Uh, no. Just -

Mmm! Cadillac.

Elvis Presley.


Carl Perkins was better.


- Carl Perkins.

- Elvis.

Carl Perkins.



You know, Memphis does look

like Yokohama.

Just more space.

If you took away

it would look like this.

This doesn't look anything like Yokohama.

This is America. And the city of Elvis.

We didn't have Elvis in Japan.

This is nothing like Japan.


Oh, f*ck. Don't get in

my brother's shit like that.

What the f*ck is wrong with you?

What the f*ck is wrong with you?

Come jumpin' down my collar.

You got a lot of nerve -

Look! A hotel.

Looks like a fun one.

Should we stay there?

Hey, silver fox!

Where's the fire? Where you goin'?

Well, what about on Jupiter?

At the time of his death,

if he were on Jupiter, uh...

Elvis would've weighed 648 pounds.


Hi! Good night!

Good night. How may I help you?

Um, we would like

most cheap room, please.

Do you have?

All our rooms for two people

are the same rate.

- What'd he say?

- I'm not exactly sure.

I'm sorry. That is too expensive.

Our rooms are $22 per night.

For two.

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Jim Jarmusch

James Robert Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953) is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, and composer. He has been a major proponent of independent cinema since the 1980s, directing such films as Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), and Paterson (2016). Stranger Than Paradise was added to the National Film Registry in December 2002. As a musician, Jarmusch has composed music for his films and released two albums with Jozef van Wissem. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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