shop by
Category
items
0 

Midnight Express (1978) 30th Anniversary Edition

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

Be the first to review this item and earn 25 Rakuten Super Points™

Product Overview

Portrayal of brutality, degradation and frustration suffered by a young american in turkish prison.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 206530630
UPC 043396226098
UPC 14 00043396226098
Format DVD
Release Date 10/7/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Davis,Brad
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Alan Marshall - Producer
Alan Parker - Director
Billy Hayes - Based On Book By
Brad Davis - Actor
Evan Hercules - Art Director
Geoffrey Kirkland - Production Designer
Gerry Hambling - Editor
Giorgio Moroder - Original Music By
Irene Miracle - Actor
John Hurt - Actor
Michael Seresin - Cinematographer
Oliver Stone - Screenplay
Peter Guber - Executive Producer
Randy Quaid - Actor
William Hoffer - Based On Book By
Awards
Winner (1979) British Academy Awards, Alan Parker, Best Direction,British Academy Awards, Gerry Hambling, Best Film Editing,British Academy Awards, John Hurt, Best Supporting Actor,Golden Globe, Midnight Express, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Irene Miracle, Best Motion Picture Acting Debut - Female,Golden Globe, Brad Davis, Best Motion Picture Acting Debut - Male,Golden Globe, John Hurt, Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role,Golden Globe, Giorgio Moroder, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Oliver Stone, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture,Oscar, Giorgio Moroder, Best Music, Original Score,Oscar, Oliver Stone, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review Midnight Express is a sordid and ostensibly true story about a young American busted [in 1970] for smuggling hash in Turkey and his subsequent harsh imprisonment and later escape. Cast, direction and production are all very good, but it's difficult to sort out the proper empathies from the muddled and moralizing screenplay which, in true Anglo-American fashion, wrings hands over alien cultures as though our civilization is absolutely perfect...Acceptance of the film depends a lot on forgetting several things: he was smuggling hash; Turkey is entitled to its laws, and is no more guilty of penal corruption and brutality than, say, the US, UK, France, Germany, etc; a world tourist can't assume that a helpful father (played well by Mike Kellin) is going to have the same clout with some midwestern politicians; nor can an American expect to be treated with kid gloves everywhere...However, the script loads up sympathy for Davis, also fellow convicts Randy Quaid (a psycho character), John Hurt (a hard doper) and Norbert Weisser (playing the obligatory gay inmate), by making the prison authorities even worse.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource FilmsGraded.com
Review Oliver Stone's first success in films came with Midnight Express. Several years before Platoon (1986) made him a famous director, he won an Oscar for writing the screenplay of the controversial prison movie...American Billy Hayes spent more than five years in a Turkish prison for trying to smuggle a large amount of hashish onto a flight home. That much is reality. Most everything else in the film is fiction. As he would show with JFK (1991), dramatic effect is far important to Stone than historical reality...Of course, director Alan Parker was also responsible for the film's sometimes laughable excesses. Needless to say, the Turks don't come off very well. Alternately, they are corrupt, vindictive, indifferent, backward, and physically and sexually abusive...The exaggerations are so extreme that they become unintentionally humorous, which may be the film's saving grace...Several 'name' actors have prime supporting roles. Randy Quaid and John Hurt play Westerners also imprisoned in Turkey for drug possession. Quaid's character is angry and violent, far different from the backslapping yokel stereotype that his characters have since become. Hurt's portrayal of a frail English intellectual was so sympathetic that he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
Features
Anniversary Edition, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Mono Audio
Product Attributes
Actor Davis,Brad
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Apollo Movie Guide Gripping drama...raises important issues...
Eli Kooris, Austin Chronicle ...a classic film about the clash between American pomposity and violent government corruption.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 3.5 stars. Great moviemaking!

More Buying Options

Seller Infomation Price & Shipping  
Importcds $9.44 + $2.98 shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock, 45 Day Returns
All our items are brand new - Ships directly from our Warehouse in California - Estimated delivery time: 5-7 days after shipment.
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
Blow It Outa Here $12.50 + free shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock, 45 Day Returns
All products are BRAND NEW and factory sealed. Fast shipping with tracking and delivery confirmation! 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
amitcj $17.12 + free shipping
Condition: Brand New
In Stock
Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. (MIDNIGHT EXPRESS 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDI )
Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
M and N Media $34.25 + $4.24 shipping
Condition: Used-Acceptable
In Stock

Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
M and N Media $38.77 + $4.24 shipping
Condition: Used-Like New
In Stock

Usually ships in 1 to 2 business days
Add to Cart
Load More Buying Options
loading
$9.44 + $2.98 shipping
$14.99 You save $5.55 (37%)
Rakuten Super Points Earn 10 ($0.10) Rakuten Super Points™
What are Rakuten Super Points™?
Get rewarded when you shop! Earn 1 point per dollar spent. That's like getting cash back on every purchase. Easy to see matured points in checkout. Use points just like cash.
Learn More
Get this item for
(price with shipping)
(redeem points)
Format: DVD
Condition: Brand New
In Stock. Usually Ships in 1 to 2 business days
Please select an option to buy
Add to Cart

Sold By:  Importcds
What is a Marketplace and Shop Owner?
  • Our marketplace is a platform where approved third-party retailers (Shop Owners) can sell their products
  • Items are sold and shipped by Shop Owners
  • Your credit card and personal information remain secure; Rakuten.com meets all PCI Security Standards.
  • Purchases can only be returned to the Shop Owner
  • All purchases receive Rakuten Super Points™
ADVERTISEMENT
Promotions & Offers (1)
  •  custom promo
    5% Back* Sitewide with Promo Code Rewardme *See page for details
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT