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

# Train I ride #

# Sixteen coaches long #

# Train I ride #

# Sixteen coaches long #

# Well, that long, black train #

# Got my baby and gone #

# Train, train #

# Comin' round, round the bend #

# Train, train #

# Comin' round the bend #

# Well, it took my baby #

# But it never will again #

# No, not again #

# Train, train #

# Comin' down, down the line #

# Train, train #

# Comin' down the line #

It's been such a long time.

It seems like we've been

on this train forever.



- How much longer till Memphis?

- Two more days.

There's a time difference in America.

# Train, train #

# Comin' round, round the bend #

# Round, round the bend #

# Train, train #

# Comin' round and round the bend #

# Round the bend #

# Well, it took my baby #

# But it never will again #

# Never will again #

# Ooh, wooh #

# Wooh ##

Memphis. Memphis, Tennessee.

All off for Memphis.

Jun! Memphis - we're here! We're here!

And two days early too.

Attention, passengers.

City of New Orleans

now departing for Batesville...

Winona, McComb and New Orleans.

Track 3. All aboard.


Great echo.

- Hi.

- Yeah.

It's a lot different than Yokohama station.

I like Yokohama station better.

It's modern.

Are you kidding?

Memphis station is a lot better.

It's antique and has a nice atmosphere.

I like Yokohama station better.

Modern atmosphere.

I like it here better.

Uh, excuse me. Excuse me.

Y'all got some... matches?

- "Matches"?

- Yes. Matches.

- Oh! Matches.

- Matches.

Yes, please!

A light.

- Thanks.

- You're welcome.

Hey. He spoke Japanese.

Thank you very much!

Attention, passengers.

The River Cities, originating in Kansas City,

has been delayed in Carbondale, Illinois.

She will be arriving 5:05 p. m. on Track 3.

Sun Studio's at 706 Union Avenue.

But you know, I still would rather

go to Graceland first -

Elvis's house.

Sun Studio first.

Carl Perkins, Howling Wolf...

Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison -

they all recorded there.

Not just Elvis.

Carl Perkins.

Yeah, but Elvis is still the King.

Okay, okay.

Graceland first,

just to get it out of the way.

Then we'll go to Graceland first?


Let's go.


Maybe we should go to Sun Studio.

No. Graceland.

"Chowser Street. "

Look! Sun Studio.

I thought we were going to Graceland.

Yeah, so did I.

Hi. How y'all doin' today?

Would you please organize yourselves

in a little line right here?

Tour's about to begin.

The Sun Record Company

in Memphis, Tennessee...

was first opened by radio announcer and

record engineer Sam Phillips in the year 1952.

His first objective was to record

some of the race music...

that had come up from the Delta,

but was being recorded up north.

Sam thought - and I quote - "Well, why should they have to

go up north to record it when I can record it right here?"

Well, it was right here in this very room where Mr.

Phillips recorded the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas...

Charlie Feathers, the Prisonaires,

James Cotton, Johnny Cash...

Billy Lee Riley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison,

Jerry Lee Lewis...

and, of course, the king of rock and roll

himself - Elvis Presley.

In June 1953, this young man just graduated

from Humes High School...

and he found his way on over

to Sun Studio and recorded a song...

that he said was for his mom's birthday,

but his mom's birthday was months away, so -

Anyway, Sam finally found a song he liked

and he said - and I quote -

"That's what I like. That's what I'm lookin' for.

That's more like it. Y'all keep playin'." End quote.

Well, they were excited. They got a song

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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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