Midnight Express Reviews
Saw this on 17/9/16
Oliver Stone's maiden script and an Alan Parker film, Midnight express is raw and hard hitting look into a madness that occured in real life. Its as intriguing as it gruesome to watch.
Harrowing drama, based on a true story, about William Hayes caught drug smuggling in Turkey, and severing life sentence in prison. Director Alan Parker uses all of his skills turning in an extraordinarily powerful movie. Stone's script and the music score won Oscars.
Loosely based on a true story (many details are changed), the movie revolves around a man, Billy Hayes, who is imprisoned in Istanbul for drug possession/smuggling.
Director Alan Parker and writer Oliver Stone slowly ratchet up the tension, scene by scene. Initially Hayes' predicament does not seem so bad - the Turkish police are depicted as harmless, almost buffoons - but as the movie goes on it becomes more and more claustrophobic as Hayes' position becomes more and more dire. You wonder if he gets out at all...
Oliver Stone got the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 1979 for his screenplay - his first Oscar.
Good performances from Brad Davis and John Hurt. Hurt got a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. However, Randy Quaid is a bit over-the-top and irritating in his performance.
One of my favorite prison films.
Grabs you from the first minute.