Midnight Express

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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!!

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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.

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One of Oliver Stones finest scripts.

by calidream5@hotmail.com on 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. <p> 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! Read More

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by dehakk@hotmail.com on 9/18/1999

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!! Read More

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Product Overview

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.

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Studio Columbia Tri-Star
SKU 40101227
UPC 043396005495
UPC 14 00043396005495
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Disturbing
Drugs
Essential Cinema
Injustice
Prison/Prisoners
Recommended
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
Reviews
Variety "...[The] cast, direction and production are all very good..." 05/24/1978
Premiere "[A] harrowing depiction of the torment of an American serving time in Turkey..." 04/01/2006 p.104
Empire 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
Uncut 3 stars out of 5 -- "[G]rippingly well-made stuff." 04/01/2008 p.127
Directors
Alan Parker
Actors
Brad Davis
Cast & Crew
Bo Hopkins - Actor
Brad Davis - Actor
Irene Miracle - Actor
John Hurt - Actor
Mike Kellin - Actor
Paul Smith - Actor
Randy Quaid - Actor
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
Technical Info
Catalog ID 00549
UPC 00043396005495
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 122 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (1979) 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
Reviews
ReviewSource The Austin Chronicle
Review ...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.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Eli Kooris
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital Stereo, Mono Audio, English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed
Quotes
Apollo Guide Gripping drama...raises important issues...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Great moviemaking...

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