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Midnight Express (1978) 30th Anniversary Edition

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


Studio Sony
SKU 206530630
UPC 043396226098
UPC 14 00043396226098
Format DVD
Release Date 10/7/2008
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Davis,Brad
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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
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
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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.
ReviewRating 9
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.
Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
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
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!

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