Midnight Express
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Midnight Express

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Director: Alan Parker

Cast: Alan Parker, Brad Davis, Randy Quaid, John Hurt

     
 

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Midnight Express is a harrowing tale of a naïve American caught in a nightmare of his own making thousands of miles from his home. Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is an American tourist visiting Turkey with his girlfriend Susan (Irene Miracle) when he's caught by customs officials trying to smuggle a large amount of hashish out of the country. The crime would normallySee more details below

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Overview

Midnight Express is a harrowing tale of a naïve American caught in a nightmare of his own making thousands of miles from his home. Billy Hayes (Brad Davis) is an American tourist visiting Turkey with his girlfriend Susan (Irene Miracle) when he's caught by customs officials trying to smuggle a large amount of hashish out of the country. The crime would normally carry a sentence of four years, but officials decide to make an example of Billy, and he draws a 30-year sentence despite the promises of his Turkish legal counsel. While Susan and Billy's father (Mike Kellin) pledge to do everything they can to speed Billy's release, in fact there's little than can be done. Billy quickly finds himself in a hellish prison that's a nightmare of filth, violence, rape, inedible food, and unspeakable health conditions. However, Billy gains a few confidantes behind bars: Jimmy (Randy Quaid), an American in a constant state of emotional overdrive; Max (John Hurt), an intelligent, drug-addicted Englishman; and Erich (Norbert Weisser), a gay Scandinavian who is attracted to Billy but accepts his gentle refusals of sex. Before long, Billy is convinced that he can take no more, and he makes plans to take the "midnight express" -- jailhouse slang for escape. While his friends are willing to help, they also make clear that almost no one who has tried to escape has lived to tell the tale. Based on a true story, Midnight Express was a box-office hit which won wide acclaim for the performances of Brad Davis and John Hurt; and the screenplay, by Oliver Stone, won an Academy Award.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
Throughout this nightmarish tale of injustice, director Alan Parker never allows the audience's sense of fear and dread to wane. It is impossible to shake the feeling of insanity brought upon by the corrupt Turkish prison system, so vividly portrayed here. The murky, hazy camerawork further enhances the alienation. Though often unbearably frustrating and graphically violent, Midnight Express is an exceptional accomplishment from Parker and screenwriter Oliver Stone; one need only look at pale imitations such as Brokedown Palace and Return to Paradise to gauge its quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2008
UPC:
0043396226098
Original Release:
1978
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
18,570

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with director Alan Parker; Three new featurettes: "The Producers," "The Production,"and "The Finished Film"; Photo gallery; Alan Parker's personal essay and photo journal

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Davis Billy Hayes
Randy Quaid Jimmy Booth
John Hurt Max
Bo Hopkins Tex
Irene Miracle Susan
Paul Smith Hamidou
Mike Kellin Mr. Hayes
Dimos Starenios Ticket Seller
Paolo Bonacelli Rifki
Norbert Weisser Erich
Franco Diogene Yesil
Michael Ensign Stanley Daniels
Gigi Ballista Chief Judge
Kevork Malikyan Prosecutor
Peter Jeffrey Ahmet
Michael Yannatos Translator

Technical Credits
Alan Parker Director
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Corbett Asst. Director
Peter Guber Executive Producer
Gerry Hambling Editor
Evan Hercules Art Director
Mary Hillman Makeup
Geoffrey Kirkland Production Designer
Alan Marshall Producer
Giorgio Moroder Score Composer
Oliver Stone Screenwriter
David Puttnam Producer
Roy Scammell Stunts
Michael Seresin Cinematographer
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Midnight Express
1. Packing [4:27]
2. Security Check [5:25]
3. Strip Search [3:28]
4. Not Afraid [4:26]
5. Chicken Out [5:31]
6. Blindfold [3:34]
7. Peacocks [3:05]
8. "It's Not a Train" [6:21]
9. Sitting Tight [4:20]
10. With Good Time [4:30]
11. Turkish Revenge [4:33]
12. Cat Call [4:09]
13. Blueprint [4:39]
14. Tortured [4:42]
15. Another Way Out [8:02]
16. Istanbul Blues [2:42]
17. Like Butter [3:30]
18. Breaking Out [2:42]
19. Dead End [2:45]
20. No Shape to Kill [4:44]
21. Bad News [4:53]
22. Insane [2:30]
23. Circle Walk [3:24]
24. Girlfriend Visits [4:56]
25. Wrong Way [3:21]
26. Photo Album [2:02]
27. Bribe [1:11]
28. Key to Freedom [3:41]

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