Midnight Express (1978)
|This special edition contains a behind-The-Scenes making of featurette including interviews with billy hayes, the man whose real life experience inspired the film.|
"Great moviemaking... Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Editor's NoteBased on William Hayes's autobiography, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS tells the harrowing story of a young American tourist arrested and sentenced to 30 years in prison by Turkish authorities for trying to smuggle two kilos of hashish out of the country. Billy (Brad Davis), suffering through the harsh realities of the Turkish penal system, sees a glimmer of hope when his father (Billy Kellin) arrives from the States with the intention of securing his son's release. But when that effort fails and the prison's savage environment becomes too much to bear, Billy opts for the only possible solution: breaking out of jail and riding the "midnight express"--prison slang for escape--to freedom.Director Alan Parker (MISSISSIPPI BURNING), aided by Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning script, fastens an unflinching gaze into the darkest recesses of physical and emotional cruelty. Supporting cast members Randy Quaid, John Hurt, and Bo Hopkins give stellar performances, and Giorgio Moroder supplies a jagged yet entrancing soundtrack for a film that is at one and the same time a Kafkaesque nightmare, a riveting exposé, and a testament to the dogged human thirst for dignity.
Cast & Crew
|Billy Hayes - Based On Book By|
|Alan Parker - Director|
|Michael Seresin - Director of Photography|
|Giorgio Moroder - Musical Score|
|Alan Marshall - Producer|
|David Puttnam - Producer|
|Oliver Stone - Screenplay|
|Giorgio Moroder, Winner, Best Music, Original Score|
|Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium|
|John Hurt, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor|
|Alan Parker, Nominee, Best Director|
|Alan Marshall & David Puttnam, Nominee, Best Picture|
Customer Reviews of Midnight Express
True Story for It's Time3/15/2000
I saw this movie just after it was originally released. The theme was very current for it's time. The story of what was taking place in the Middle East countries regarding drug smuggling was very true for the 70's. I was in the military during that time, and other reviewers must not have been aware that those things actually did happen. The moral of this story hit home for that time frame.
Great Movie--Buy It10/20/1999
This movie is a true story that would be worth buying if you only got to see the opening 10 minutes. It's very intense and the plot very well could have been true back in the early 70's when it took place. I guess that first reviewer did not understand that this movie came out in the 70's, not the 90's! A 20-year old gets busted at the airport in Istabul, Turkey with hash taped all over his body. The movie centers on his stay in a Turkish prison and how he finally escaped. This is just a great story that I'm sure anyone looking for a good hour or so of entertainment, and not concerned with analyzing every little detail of moviemaking, will love!
This movie is a total farse! People actually think such things go on today!! Watching the movie makes you feel bad about the people but in reality nothing like this would ever happen!! The DVD should be given 'Coaster Of the Month' award! There are better movies out there. Pick others that stick with reality like Star Wars!! It was that bad folks!! I have been to Turkey and they are the most friendliest people around!! The producer must have a big chip on his shoulder to make this movie!!
One of Oliver Stones finest scripts.8/22/1999
Be prepared, this movie is not for the faint of heart. The preformances delivered by the actors stuck in this Turkish prison are great.
Imagine you get caught trying to smuggle hash back to the U.S.. The country your trying to smugle it out of just happens to be one of the strictest countries in the world, for such offenses. Your only 24 years old and your sentenced to a Turkish prison for the rest of your life. Few people speak english and those that do are completely insane. This ride has just begun!
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