Midnight Express (1978)
Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 1
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Release Date: Sep 20, 1978 Wide
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 30,087
Midnight Express is a harrowing tale of a na´ve 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
Sep 20, 1978 Wide
May 22, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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It defined the hell of a Turkish prison whil portraying the humanity needed to survive such a terrible place.
a brutal and brutalizing film whose effects have diminished little in the decades since its controversial theatrical release in the late 1970s
Strong stuff indeed...swells proportional sight and sound subjectively to convey Hayes' nightmarish experience but also hypes up a story that probably doesn't need the help. [Blu-ray]
A solid prison film that feels so real that if you heard a voiceover you'd swear it was a documentary.
Horrific scenes of prison brutality and powerful acting by Brad Davis as the American Billy Hayes help make up for the shortcomings in Alan Parker's sensationalistic tale and Oliver Stone's factual inaccuracies.
Despite the negative hullabaloo "Midnight Express" provoked for its brutal characterization of Turkish prison officials, director Alan Parker's rendering of Oliver Stone's exploitation screenplay is a stick of pure cinematic dynamite.
Director Alan Parker's right. His 1978 riveting prison drama still holds up.
Searing and unforgettable. A harrowing descent into a real-life hell that's so relentlessly intense it will leave you feeling drained.
harrowing and involving
Suffers from the kind of excess -- and hyperbole -- writer Oliver Stone brought to his own films as director.
Intense, but somewhat false 'true' story distinguised by Parker's direction.
Alan Parker's Midnight Express works like a hammer lock on the viewer's mind.
A genuinely disturbing prison film in the tradition of PAPILLON
Anyone thinking of smuggling drugs into a foreign country should watch this first.
One of the most terrifying "prison flicks" you'll ever see.
Audience Reviews for Midnight Express
- Billy Hayes: Jesus Christ forgave the bastards, but I can't!
- Jimmy Booth: The second way out, I need you guy's help, and that's under.
- Billy Hayes: You mean tunnel? Are you serious?
- Max: This is Shagmahr prison, not Stalag 17.
- Jimmy Booth: Well that's where you're wrong fuckface, 'cause it's already built!
- Tex: You seem like a nice guy, Billy. I really do feel sorry for you. But if you still try anything or try to run away again, I'll blow your fucking brains out!
- Max: The best thing to do is to get your ass out of here. Best way that you can.
- Billy Hayes: Yeah, but how?
- Max: Catch the midnight express.
- Billy Hayes: What's that?
- Max: Well, it's not a train. It's a prison word for escape. But it doesn't stop around here.
- Billy Hayes: I find loneliness is a physical pain that hurts all over. You can't isolate it in one part of your body.
- Erich: Lawyers?
- Max: Oh, yeah. There's no straight lawyers in Turkey. They're all bent. Bent as hairpins.
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