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Format: DVD
Sku: 40101227
UPC: 043396005495
UPC 14: 00043396005495
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Courage never quits.
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.

"Gripping drama...raises important issues...  Apollo Guide
"Great moviemaking...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's Note
Based 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.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital Stereo, Mono Audio, English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/22/2001
Video Play Time Running Time: 122 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1978
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 00549
Video UPC UPC: 00043396005495
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Bo Hopkins
Video Cast Info Brad Davis
Video Cast Info Irene Miracle
Video Cast Info John Hurt
Video Cast Info Mike Kellin
Video Cast Info Paul Smith
Video Cast Info Randy Quaid
Video Cast Info Billy Hayes - Based On Book By
Video Cast Info Alan Parker - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Seresin - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Giorgio Moroder - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Alan Marshall - Producer
Video Cast Info David Puttnam - Producer
Video Cast Info Oliver Stone - Screenplay
Plot Summary
The true story of Billy Hayes is revealed in this drama about a young man who is sentenced to 30 years in a Turkish prison for a minor drug offense.


Oscar (1979)
Video Award Name Giorgio Moroder, Winner, Best Music, Original Score
Video Award Name Oliver Stone, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
   Video Award Name John Hurt, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor
   Video Award Name Alan Parker, Nominee, Best Director
   Video Award Name Alan Marshall & David Puttnam, Nominee, Best Picture

Professional Reviews

"...[The] cast, direction and production are all very good..." 05/24/1978

"[A] harrowing depiction of the torment of an American serving time in Turkey..." 04/01/2006 p.104

4 stars out of 5 -- "The performances are good, especially John Hurt as Hayes' prison confidant..." 03/01/2008 p.142

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Parker's film is powerful and harrowing, with fine performances from Brad Davis as Hayes and John Hurt as his frail Brit fellow-prisoner." 04/01/2008 p.154

3 stars out of 5 -- "[G]rippingly well-made stuff." 04/01/2008 p.127

The Austin Chronicle 8 of 10
...Oliver Stone revealed Hayes' attitude as another ignorant American, thinking he is above the law because of his nationality and difference in culture. The national hate for foreigners, especially Americans, is also well-diagrammed throughout the film... a classic film about the clash between American pomposity and violent government corruption. - Eli Kooris

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