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April 23, 2017
Midnight Express has some cheesy moments, but I loved it. I like the paranoid atmosphere and the retro film quality.
Super Reviewer
February 17, 2017
Although the performances are good, the original story has been "Hollywoodised" and subsequently falls down on characterisation and the ridiculous escape at the end.
February 3, 2017
Alan Parker's unrelenting grip combined with Oliver Stone's sharp script makes Midnight Express a harrowing journey.
January 29, 2017
Filled entirely with an unsettling sense of gritty frustration, Alan Parker shows his ability to direct a story of desperation, injustice and de grieve for freedom, with a great cast, visuals and a cruel look at the horrors of a Turkey prison.
Super Reviewer
December 19, 2016
The controversy surrounding the way the Turks are depicted is not without reason, but the film is quite engaging (with a wonderful score) as a disturbing portrayal of hell as a Turkish prison, showing the ugly conditions faced by a very unfortunate man in a horrible situation.
½ September 30, 2016
American student Billy Hayes is arrested for smuggling hashish out of Turkey, and then is introduced to the sadistic prison system of another country in a tumultuous time. The main character isn't that sympathetic, but his adjustment to the prison system and the way he struggles both physically and mentally is very intriguing. The performances are raw, the film is gritty and unrelenting and its one of the more intense prison dramas.
½ September 25, 2016
Midnight Express is absolutely thrilling! It's not an easy watch, but it's certainly worth checking out.
September 19, 2016
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.
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