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September 19, 2016
82%
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.
½ September 16, 2016
L'incredibile storia vera di questo sfortunato protagonista non poteva essere raccontata in modo migliore, con attori incredibili e scene davvero intense. Nonostante l'età, il film racconta le vicende con uno stampo moderno, grazie ad una sceneggiatura cruda ma sempre adeguata.
½ July 5, 2016
Dehumanizing in the worst sense, "Midnight Express" may very well be the greatest prison drama I've ever seen.
½ June 26, 2016
Seemingly a pretty typical Alan Parker movie: good elements overwhelmed by cheese and melodrama with a completely absurd, abrupt ending. My favourite thing was probably the way it demonstrates how stupid drug sentencing laws are, and how they turn people who made one bad decision into hardened criminals just through their attempts to survive prison. So dumb.
½ May 8, 2016
Great movie about a drug dealer being made a hero against evil Turks..can't get any better.. Technically, it is very amateurishly shot, but interesting story line..
½ February 29, 2016
Midnight Express raconte une histoire édifiante d'un homme incarcéré pour possession de 2 kg d'herbe en Turquie et subissant des sévices de la part de ses geôliers, et de sa lutte pour survivre physiquement comme mentalement. Si la grande force du film d'Alan Parker est son script qui n'excuse jamais personne, que ce soit les geôliers ou le protagoniste principal, joué par un excellent Brad Davis, les acteurs sont aussi une partie intégrante du succès du film. Randy Quaid, Paul Smith et John Hurt sont excellents. La musique de Giorgio Moroder est intemporelle, au contraire de la mise en scène malheureusement, qui accuse ses 28 ans. Le rythme est parfois un peu trop lent, surtout dès que Brad Davis arrive en prison, là où la première demi-heure marche encore vraiment bien au niveau de la tension. Dommage.
February 15, 2016
Unique film about smuggling hashish through Turkish border. Protagonist is played by forgotten Brad Davis, who died at 41 of HIV. Midnight Express is a realistic prison film that provides a compelling message to respect foreign laws when attempting criminal activity abroad. Well acted with John Hurt and Randy Quaid, there is a realistic feeling throughout the film. A cult classic that should not be forgotten.
½ February 9, 2016
engaging, real, great cast and perfomance
February 2, 2016
A classic. I saw once, many years ago. Want to see again.
Super Reviewer
January 8, 2016
Alan Parker's powerfully brutal expose of a hellish Turkish prison which is based on the real-life experiences of a young America man named Billy Hayes, played brilliantly by the late Brad Davis, in an intensely compelling star-making performance. It follows his failed efforts to smuggle out some hashish to later sell in the United States, his being arrested at the Yesikoy Airport on a drug possession charge. His placement into Istanbul's inhuman Sagmalcilar prison after being sentenced to a four-and-a-half year term. An appeal financed by Billy's father, played superbly by the late character actor Mike Kellin, does not end well and results in a retrial, a new tougher judge throws out the possessions rap and convicts Billy on a smuggling charge, his sentence was then extended to life imprisonment, 30 years under the merciless Turkish law. Billy must now fight to survive and keep his sanity in this filthy hellhole, as well endure the physical and sexual abuses by a gigantic, sadistic prison guard named Hamidou, chillingly played by the late Paul L. Smith. Billy has a ever-present desire to get on the "Midnight Express," which is the prison slang for escape. Billy can no longer take it, so he and his friends decide to escape from this nightmarish prison before it is too late for all of them. There are superlative supporting performances by John Hurt, in an amazing Oscar nominated turn, as Max, a drug-addicted Englishman and Billy's best friend in the prison; Randy Quaid's splendid performance as the rebellions American prisoner Jimmy Booth; and Norbert Welsser's excellent performance as Erich, a gay Scandinavian prisoner who is attracted to Billy. Flawless direction by Alan Parker, with a forceful, intelligent Oscar winning screenplay by Oliver Stone, Giorgio Moroder's mesmerizing Oscar winning original score is unforgettable, and Michael Seresin's magnificent cinematography is remarkable. A totally enthralling motion picture that earned 6 Academy Award including Best Picture and Best Director: Alan Parker. Highly Recommended.
November 4, 2015
Its a very depressing movie. Stupidity leads to years of terror in a Turkish prison.. Makes me never want to visit. The acting is great. The late Brad Davis made you feel sorry for the man. The surprise was Randy Quaid, he was really good. Definitely worth the watch, one of those films that kind of makes you want to rethink life.
½ August 28, 2015
Hard punishment for such a small crime ...like prison-movies and this was a good classic-one
August 3, 2015
-IGNORE THIS "OUT OF FIVE" RATING
4/4
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.
August 3, 2015
Intense movie based on a true story
July 30, 2015
A harrowing account of perseverance and survival in the face of lost hope, "Midnight Express" challenges the audience with moral ambiguity and philosophical questions on what it means to be a criminal.
½ July 1, 2015
John Hurt's performance is arguably one of his best, but to be honest everyone in this movie is great, Randy Quaid's performance is definitely a highlight. The directing is great, you can feel the intensity throughout the whole movie and Oliver Stone's screenplay is awesome too.
½ June 16, 2015
Interesting story of prison life and endurance. Maybe it's just me, but the Turkish prison life, as portrayed in this movie, doesn't really seem all that bad...
April 22, 2015
Great prison drama.

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.
½ April 9, 2015
Timeless.
One of my favorite prison films.
Grabs you from the first minute.
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