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

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 - f***in' 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***. Don't get in

my brother's sh*t like that.

What the f*** is wrong with you?

What the f*** 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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